You’ve Been Hacked | Consumer Reports


[SNAP] Getting the most out of
the products and services you use every day means asking
the right questions– questions like this. Hi, my name is Ian Alvarez. I’m 24 years old, and I have
actually been hacked twice. The first time was over email. The second time I got hacked
was over social media. One day I get this
notification like, oh, you’ve logged into your
account from an unknown device. They changed my password. So I wasn’t able to get
it from my phone anymore. It locked me out. It locked me out of my phone. After those two
experiences, I’ve definitely gotten more paranoid for sure. And it can get
really, really scary. You notice suspicious behavior
in your email or social media account. Someone is sending
emails or posting things, and they’re not from you. Or you may have even gotten
an email from a company saying they noticed
suspicious activity on one of your accounts. You’re anxious. You don’t know what to do. You’ve been hacked. Now what? Number 1, before you do anything
else, change your password. You need a unique password. Try a string of random words in
a row that are hard to guess, but you’ll remember. If you’ve used your old password
on other accounts, which, by the way, is
never a good idea, change those passwords too. This may be a good
time to consider using a password manager, which
creates a new password for each of your accounts and
fills it in for you. Number 2, if it’s
available, turn on two-factor authentication. How does that work? When you’re logging
into an account, you’ll be sent a verification
code via text, email, or app. You have to use that code
to get into your account. And you can set
that up to happen each time you log in or
just when you’re logging in from a new device. Then, if the bad guys
get your password, it still won’t be enough for
them to get into your account. Number 3, looks
through your account. If it’s your email,
check your sent mailbox. Make sure no one’s
sending emails “from you.” If it’s a social media account,
check your posts and messages. Make sure no one’s
been impersonating you were trying to scam
your family and friends. And speaking of
family and friends, you’ll want to let them know
you’ve been hacked so they don’t fall for said scams. Number 4, if you haven’t
heard from them already, contact the company
that operates your account that was hacked. They may be able to do even more
to get your digital security under control. Once you follow these
steps, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve
taken back control of your digital privacy, but
treat this as a wake up call. The most important
thing you can do is keep an eye on your
accounts so if hackers ever make their way back in you’ll
be one step ahead of them. [SNAP]

2 comments

  • One thing he didn't mention is that some scammers will send you phony emails saying you've been hacked, with a link to a website that will actually allow them to hack you.
    Always check the address it came from, and look for misspelling and bad grammar that no company would allow to be sent.

  • Don't use open WiFi, don't put birthdays, addresses, pet's name into your Profile pages either. And Dad, don't use [email protected] for your password!!!

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