Find out who hacked your email.

find out who hacked your email
  1. Attempt to log into your account. Go to the login page for the account that you suspect was hacked and attempt to log in with your email address/username/phone number and password. If your account password won’t work and you didn’t change your password, look for a password reset email from the account. You can usually reset your password and secure your account from such an email. Unfortunately, if you can’t log into your account and your email address isn’t accessible, the only thing that you can do is report the account as hacked to the company or service to which the account belongs.
  2. Look for irregular activity on your account. Irregular activity may include anything from messages or posts that you didn’t create to radically different account settings. On social media, you may also find that you’re following different accounts or that your bio has changed.
  3. Pay attention to any recent messages. On platforms like Facebook, a common hacking method involves a friend “sending” a link to you; if you click the link, it will be forwarded from your messenger to other friends or contacts on the platform. If you see people responding to you even though you didn’t send a message, you may have been hacked. Avoid clicking links from anyone you don’t trust and verify the contents of links with people you do trust before opening the links.
  4. Check the “Have I Been Pwned” website. This website hosts a list of sites that have had their information stolen over recent years. Go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/PwnedWebsites and scroll through the list of websites there; if you see a website on which you have an account, look at the details of the hack. If the hack took place well-before you created your account, you’re probably fine. If the hack took place any time after you created your account, change your password for the website and any connected services (e.g., your email address) immediately. A staggeringly large number of high-profile websites such as Sony and Comcast are on the “Have I Been Pwned” list, so the chances that you have at least one potentially compromised account are high.
  5. Prevent future complications. To both avoid getting hacked in the future and minimize the damage if you do get hacked, consider doing the following: Enable 2-factor authentication (which verifies that you’re logging into your account by sending a text message to your phone) on any available platforms. Never use the same password twice (e.g., use a different password for each of your accounts). Change your password immediately if you ever accidentally leave your account logged in on a shared computer, smartphone, or tablet.
  1. Open the Apple ID website. Go to https://appleid.apple.com/ in your computer’s web browser. From this site, you can see a list of items on which you’re signed in to your Apple ID. If you see an option that you don’t recognize, you can sign out of it and then change your password.
  2. Log into your Apple ID account. Enter your Apple ID email address and password in the text fields that are in the middle of the page, then press
    Enter.
  3. Verify your login. Depending on your account settings, you’ll either have to answer a security question or use your iPhone to retrieve a 2-factor authentication code.
  4. Scroll down to the “Devices” section. You’ll find this option near the bottom of the page.
  5. Review the list of sign-in locations. In the “Devices” section, you’ll see a list of places (e.g., computers, smartphones, etc.) in which you've logged into your Apple ID.
  6. Sign out of a platform. if you don’t recognize a location here, you can sign out of your Apple ID on the platform by clicking the location’s name and then clicking Remove in the resulting drop-down menu.
  7. Change your password. If you had to sign out of an unknown platform, you should change your Apple ID password immediately. This will prevent future hacking. Be sure to use a password that’s unique to your Apple ID.
  1. Open your Google account page. Go to https://myaccount.google.com/ in your computer’s web browser. This method allows you to see a list of places where your Google account is currently signed in. If you see an option that you don’t recognize, you can sign out of the account and change your password.
  2. Click Device activity & security events. You’ll find this link below the “Sign-in & security” heading on the left side of the page. If you aren’t logged into your Google account, you’ll be prompted to log in before you can proceed.
  3. Click REVIEW DEVICES. It’s on the right side of the page, just below the “Recently used devices” heading.
  4. Review your login locations. Each item on this page is a location on which you’re signed in to your Google account.
  5. Sign out of a platform. If you see a platform that you don’t recognize (e.g., a computer), click the platform’s name, click the red REMOVE button, and click REMOVE when prompted.
  6. Change your password. If you had to sign out of an unknown platform, you should change your Google account password immediately. This will prevent future hacking. Be sure to use a password that’s unique to your Google account.
  1. Open Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/ in your computer’s web browser. This will open your Facebook News Feed if you’re logged in. If you aren’t logged in, enter your Facebook email address and password before proceeding. This method allows you to see a list of places where your Facebook account is currently signed in. If you see an option that you don’t recognize, you can sign out of the account and change your password.
  2. Click the “Menu” icon. It’s a triangle on the upper-right side of the page. A drop-down menu will appear. On some browsers, this icon resembles a gear instead.
  3. Click Settings. It’s in the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Security and Login. You’ll find this tab on the upper-left side of the page.
  5. Click See More. It’s at the bottom of the “Where You’re Logged In” section. Doing so brings up a list of all of the locations in which you've logged into your Facebook account.
  6. Review the login locations. Each of the platforms and locations listed here pertains to a specific Facebook login.
  7. Sign out of a platform. If you see an unfamiliar login location, click to the right of the location and click Log Out. You can also click Not You? and follow the on-screen prompts to report the incident to Facebook.
  8. Change your password. If you had to sign out of an unknown platform, you should change your Facebook account password immediately. This will prevent future hacking. Be sure to use a password that’s unique to your Facebook account.

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