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Recovering a hacked account

Do you suspect that your online accounts have been hacked? Do you know how to spot and recovery from a hacked account? This article will explain step by step process to discover and recover from a hacked account. Whether it's your email, social media or some other type of online service, there are many things which can alert you to the fact that someone else is accessing your account.

Being locked out of the account is an obvious indication that something has gone wrong, but the signs can be more subtle. Things you can look out for logins alerts or attempted logins from strange locations or at unusual times or from unknown machine. Few more changes you can spot like changes to your security settings and messages sent from your account that you don't recognise are also a good indicator.

Well, if you have discovered the problem and know your account has been hacked, this is what you should do:

1. Change your passwords:

First of all, make sure you have that there are no unknown email forwarding rules in place. Change the passwords of the hacked account including all accounts which you are using for your day to day communication and social media access. 

2. Update your devices:

The Operating Systems and apps on the devices you use should all be updated. These updates will install the latest security fixes. If you have it installed, run scan with up-to-date antivirus software.

3. Contact your provider:

If you can't access your account, go to the account provider homepage and find a link to their help or support pages. These will detail the account recovery process.

If you can't find what you need on the service's website, try a search engine like google or bing. For example, "facebook account hacked.” Follow links to the service's own advice.

4. If your email account was hacked:

Once you've regained control, check your email filters and forwarding rules. It is a common trick for the person hacking an account to set up an email forwarding rule that sends a copy of all your received emails to them. Information on how to do this should be found in your provider's help pages.

5. Set up 2-factor authentication:

This provides an extra layer of protection against your account being hacked in the future. Check Facebook two factor authentication service.

6. Notify your contacts:

Get in touch with your account contacts, friends or followers. Let them know that you had been hacked. This will help them to avoid being hacked themselves. You should contact the people you know regardless of whether you managed to restore your account or not.

7. If you can't recover your account:

You may choose to create a new one. Once you've done this, it's important to notify your contacts that you are using a new account. Make sure to update any bank, utility services or shopping websites with your new details.

8. Contact Action Fraud:

If you feel that you have been affected by an online crime you can report a cyber incident to local cyber cell using their online fraud reporting portal of on contact number. You can also contact to info@weseso.org for any assistance.

9. Contact your bank:

If your banking accounts are hacked you should immediately inform the associated bank and inform cyber cell in you lacality.

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