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5 signs of your email being compromised

Studies have shown that phishing attacks and email penetrations increased significantly during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with phishing attacks increasing by 30% in the recent period.

If you are concerned about your email account being compromised, today we'll review 5 tags to check to confirm:

1- There are messages that you did not send:

If you are concerned that your email account has already been compromised, check the Sent and Drafts folders for any messages that you did not write and did not send.

As the use of real-life e-mail accounts enhances the credibility of the phishing campaigns of the person who hacked your account. This is why you may occasionally receive strange e-mails from the accounts of people you know, most likely these accounts are compromised and used to hack into other accounts.

When looking at the sent mailbox, check the people to whom you recently sent messages, as well as when to send, if you find messages that you don't remember sending, this is a major sign of your account being compromised.

2- Change the passwords for the accounts linked to the e-mail:

Hijacked email is an easy way to take over all of your linked accounts, so you should make sure that the passwords for these accounts are not changed without your knowledge.

To do that; Search the inbox using terms like (password reset), (password verification), or (password changed successfully) password changed successfully, look carefully at messages, and write down their date and time.

If you find passwords for some accounts that have changed recently and don't remember that you did, you will need to reset these passwords again before changing the email password itself.

3- Checking the read messages:

An email account usually allows you to sort your messages by status: read or unread, but if someone breaks into your account they will start opening all your emails to get your personal data.

If you know that your inbox is full of unread messages, and suddenly you find it marked read, your account may be compromised.

4- Verify deleted messages:

Not only do hackers search your emails to get as much of your personal data as possible, but they sometimes delete emails to hide what happened in your account during the hack, such as: deleting emails resetting the account passwords associated with the email.

When you check your messages for hacking, look in the trash can, and if you find messages you haven't deleted, this is a sign that your account has been compromised.

5- Verify login activity:

Most email services allow you to check login activity, by showing the IP addresses and geographical locations used to access your account, the browser used, and the devices used.

To check this in a Gmail account, you can follow these steps:

  • Open your Gmail account from your computer.
  • Scroll down on the home screen of the inbox until you reach the lower-left corner, and you'll see the phrase "Last account activity" followed by the last time you opened this account.
  • Click on the "Details" option below.

  • A new window will open, allowing you to view options for accessing your account during the recent period, including the type of access (browser or phone), IP address, date, and time.

  • If you see a site or device that you don’t know, it means that someone has hacked your account.