If you’ve landed here because your email has been hacked or you’re interested in preventing it from being hacked, you will want to check out a post I wrote after this one – How to hide from Hackers – Protecting Your Email Account. After my email was hacked, I realized I knew very little about how to proceed. I did the research and found some interesting answers to my questions.
When I attempted to log in to my Yahoo! mail last night, I saw something similar to this.
We strongly believe your account may have been compromised.
By changing your password immediately, you will minimize the resulting risk for your Yahoo! account. We suggest you chose a password for your Yahoo! account that you are not currently using on this or any other site. You will be prompted every time you try to login to change your password until you have successfully changed it.
For help selecting a strong password and/or safeguarding it against misuse, please review the tips posted in the password section of the Yahoo! Security Center.
Now what should I do? Should I scrap the whole email account and get a new one? How do I know if any of my information was stolen? And what about other accounts that have the same password? We know why someone hacks our email accounts (to do nasty and nefarious things to us), but HOW exactly does someone hack your email? And how do we prevent them from hacking it in the first place? And how do you create an impenetrable password? Check out How to hide from Hackers – Protecting Your Email Account for more information.