Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Your Email is Hacked - Now What?

The State Department has suspended its unclassified email system in response to a suspected hacking attack. 

The unprecedented shutdown on Friday was reportedly applied to give technicians an opportunity to repair possible damage, as well as to apply security improvements. (more) 

But, what if it's your email? You don't have "technicians" to turn to. Techlicious to the rescue...

Step #1: Change your password. 
Step #2: Reclaim your account. 
Step #3: Enable two-factor authentication. 
Step #4: Check your email settings. 
Step #5: Scan your computer for malware. 
Step #6: Find out what else has been compromised. 
Step #7: Humbly beg for forgiveness from your friends. 
Step #8: Prevent it from happening again.

Full details for each step are outlined here.