How do I know if my email has been hacked?
Cyber criminals are constantly on the hunt for ways to access and compromise your email account, which can be used to access your personal details.. Whilst it may seem difficult to notice if your email has been hacked, the reality is there are numerous telltale signs. Here are nine signs that your email may have compromised: You get a ransomware message It is malicious software that infects your computer and displays messages demanding a fee to be paid in order for your system to work again.
1. You get a fake antivirus message
"Warning Your PC Is at Risk of Virus & Malware Attack"
2. You have unwanted browser toolbars
If you notice in your toolbars that there is a site that you have never previously visited
3. Your internet searches are redirected
You should immediately close your browser if this happens
4. You see frequent, random popups
These could be anything from adverts to random messages
5. Your friends receive social media invitations from you that you didn’t send
This could be related to having your email login details stolen
6. Your online password isn’t working
If this happens or if you receive an email notifying you of a password change you haven’t done, change your password immediately
7. Confidential data has been leaked
This could range from small things like your name and email address or more serious data such as account details being leaked
8. You observe strange network traffic patterns
The best thing to do here is notify someone of the issue. Whilst having your email account compromised can be unsettling, it can be easily rectified, and if caught early, shouldn’t cause too many long-term issues. It is important that you recover your device and change all your passwords from the moment you know someone is attempting to hack you or your details