What to do if your Gmail is Hacked

If your Gmail is hacked there are some important steps you should take right away:

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If your Gmail is hacked there are some important steps you should take right away:

  1. Turn on gmail two factor authentication This will also require you to use an application specific password with some email clients (i.e. iphone and android) 
  2. Change your gmail password to something new (you don’t use it anywhere else) and more complex (12 characters or more)
  3. Check the trash and inbox in gmail to see if the bad guys are initiating password resets
  4. Review the access history for you google account, see if there are any odd access locations listed
  5. Double check that an alternate password notification has not been added to your gmail account
  6. Change the password on any account which uses your Gmail address as a user ID with that same password.  In priority order from the most to least important website (i.e. banking)
  7. Turn on  2 factor authentication on any sites that permit it.

They troll for passwords then use them to access other sites.  You probably have a bit of time, but not much…..

If you have not been hacked, but have a Gmail account, you should be sure to turn on two factor authentication ahead of time.  

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