Before you start, find and delete all the compromising info in your inbox:
Time is of the essence. Take the necessary precautions to protect your inbox. Use this free tool to find exposed passwords, credit card, bank and social security numbers in your email account. This tool will remove any and all private data putting you at risk for credit card and identity theft. So if hackers hack your inbox, they won’t find what they’re looking for.
Google has grown rapidly in the years since it first started as a search engine. Nowadays, individuals and organizations of all sizes are commonly relying on Google as their email service. In fact, since Google launched its email service in 2004, it has grown to serve over 400 million users! With all that personal information being saved in Gmail accounts, it’s no wonder that accessing your Gmail account may seem enticing to hackers or other intruders.
Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to tell if someone has been snooping in your account. For example, once you log in to your Gmail (assuming you still have access to your account), you can click on the “Details” link at the bottom right corner of the page, and use the information that appears to check the latest logins. In the window that appears, you’ll see information about the latest devices that were used to access your Gmail account, including information on when your account was accessed and from what IP address. If any of the information listed there doesn’t seem familiar, chances are your beloved Google email account was hacked.
Another step you can take to go beyond that sneaking suspicion and actually verify that your account was hacked is check to see whether any of your other Google account characteristics were changed. You can do this by browsing to your Gmail settings page after logging in to your account, and clicking on the “General” tab. There, you’ll find information such as your Signature settings and your Vacation responder settings. Check to see if anything there looks different than it should, and if so, re-enter your preferred settings immediately. You can also browse to the “Accounts” tab in your Gmail Settings page to make sure the “Send mail as” setting wasn’t changed (or to change it back if it was).
If you take these steps only to discover that your Gmail account really was hacked, and you still have access to your account, here are some additional steps you can take to prevent a future hack attack on your Google account. And if you no longer have access to your account because the password was changed, you should open this form and select “I’m having other problems signing in” to try recover your Gmail account.
Use LogDog to Protect Your Gmail Account
There are a few problems with waiting until you’ve noticed that a hacker has accessed your Gmail account. First, you might not notice anything changed in your account, and if a hacker has managed to breach your password, then he or she could keep an eye on your Google activity without you even knowing it. Second, if you do notice that your account settings or other items in your Gmail look different, and they are, then that means you’re already a step behind the hacker. Who knows how much information the hacker could have already snooped from your account before you discovered his footprints?
These are just some of the reasons it’s smartest to protect your Google account from hackers with LogDog Anti-Hacking app. LogDog is a mobile Intrusion Detection System that helps you safeguard your account against unauthorized access by hackers and other intruders. When you use LogDog to protect your Gmail account, you will receive an alert any time suspicious activity is detected in your account. This gives you the opportunity to change your password as quickly as possible, minimizing any damage that could be caused from being hacked.
If you’re wondering whether LogDog has access to the accounts you protect, you can rest assured that LogDog never stores passwords or other login information. When you use LogDog, you log in directly to your Gmail or other accounts you’d like to protect.
How does LogDog recognize suspicious activity in your account? For seven days after you add LogDog protection to your account, LogDog is in Learning Mode. During this period, LogDog learns about your typical account behavior. This includes information such as what locations and IP addresses you typically check your Gmail account from; what devices you usually use to access your account; what times of day you’re most active in your account, and more.
After LogDog completes the 7-day learning period, your account will be protected from hackers. If you ever receive a LogDog alert, you’ll have the option to either change your password immediately—locking out any hackers that may be attempting to access it—or let LogDog know that the activity was generated by you. This also helps LogDog keep learning about your regular account activity and offer you the best protection as time goes by.
Need to know what to do if your Gmail was hacked?
If your Gmail account was already hacked, LogDog Anti-Hacking has a resource that can help you recover your account and your information.
Check out the article: What Should I Do If My Gmail Was Hacked.
Quick Recovery Steps
- Check your Gmail for suspicious activity by looking at the latest logins to your Gmail account.
- Go to your inbox, scroll down to the bottom.
- Click on details (underneath last account activity) and see when your Gmail was accessed and where.
- Change your Gmail password.
- Go to your photo at the top right of the page, and click on ‘My account’.
- Under the ‘Sign in and Security’ section, click on ‘Sign in to Google’ and re-enter your current password.
- Choose a new, strong password.
- Check your password recovery options in the ‘Sign in to Google’ section.
- Check your recovery email, recovery phone number and secret question.
- Change anything that has been hacked.
- Check your other account characteristics.
- Go to Settings and open your ‘General’ tab, ‘Filters’ and ‘Forwarding’ tabs
- Check to see if anyone has tampered with your settings.