Monday, April 29, 2013

Recovering access to accounts

What should you do when your account has been hijacked? And what should you do after you recover it?

Before regaining control

Check your computer for viruses. On Windows, you can install and run Microsoft Security Essentials for free. Malware is a common way for people to lose access to their accounts, but it’s not the only way.

Make sure your computer is configured to install updates automatically. Having an up-to-date system makes it harder for people to access your computer.

Regaining control

Instructions are available for:

After regaining control

Read my post about securing your online accounts. Use unique passwords everywhere, make them difficult to guess (even for a computer with a dictionary, knowledge of you, and lots of time), and use multifactor authentication where possible.

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