What to do if your email gets hacked (and how to prevent it)

Having your email account hacked can be violating and panic-inducing. Here's what to do when it happens, and what you can do to prevent future attacks.

You usually don't know your email has been hacked until a friend lets you know, by which point you've already emailed dozens of friends, family members, and co-workers a link to a "really cool video" that they "have to see now!"

It's embarrassing. It's awkward. You'll ask, "Why me?"

If you're ever unlucky enough to be caught in this pickle, follow this guide. The hope is that if you follow every step, you'll never have to send another "Sorry everyone, my account was hacked" email again. Here's how to deal with a hacked email account and make sure it never happens again.

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Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.

 

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