How To Recover a Hacked Google Account

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Google is one of the world’s biggest internet companies. They provide search engine services for billions of people and have their hands in online video streaming, game streaming, and just about anything else you can think of. A Google account is pretty much a necessity in modern life. But that doesn’t mean that your Google account is safe from hackers.

So what should you do if you lose access to your precious Google account? Here are the steps you need to take if your account gets hacked.

1. Act Immediately

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If you get an email like this and do not recognize the login, you should take action straight away. | Source: W.S.Worrall

As with all online account security, quick action is essential. The longer someone has access to your account, the more damage they can do to it. The second that you detect some suspicious activity in your account you should take steps to secure your account.

2. Change Your Password

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Regularly changing your password is an important step in keeping your online accounts secure. | Source: W.S.Worrall

If you can still get into your Google account, your first step should be to change your password. The password you were previously using is likely known to the hacker, and other accounts that uses it are potentially compromised. First, go to your google account page by clicking on your face in the top right corner, and then pressing ‘Manage Google Account’. On your account management page, click ‘Security’ on the left side of the page. Here Google will tell you how long it has been since you last changed your password. Click on that dialogue to enter your new password.

3. Google Account Recovery

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Recovering your Google account is a relatively simple process. | Source: W.S.Worrall

If you can no longer access your Google account then you’ll need to attempt to recover it. Go to the Google login page and enter the email address of your account. On the password screen, click ‘Forgot password?’. You’ll then be prompted to enter the most recent password that you can remember for the account. If you enter your password correctly, you will be given numerous options for recovering your account, depending on if you have a phone number, authentication app, or backup email address added to your account or not.

4. Activate 2FA

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2FA should be enabled in every account that includes it as an option for optimal security. | Source: W.S.Worrall

Once you’ve regained control over your account, you should enable 2FA to ensure that your account remains secure. Back in the ‘Security’ menu, press the ‘2-Step Verification’ dialogue beneath ‘Password’. From here you can enable 2Fa on your phone via either app or text. It is recommended that you enable at least 2 of these so that you do not lose access to your account in the future.

5. Remove Apps From Your Google Account

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Since Google accounts are used for so much these days, it easy for them to get linked to hundreds of different apps. | Source: W.S.Worrall

Your Google account becomes linked to pretty much every game and app that you might download on the app store, as well as any of those websites that let you ‘Log in Via Google’. If you’re having security issues, it is a good idea to remove any unknown or untrusted apps from your account. You can find your linked apps in the same security menu where you turned on 2FA.

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