Hackers can try to access your other accounts
Once someone accessed your email, it becomes much easier to try to access any other online platforms and services you’ve signed up for.
And if you use the same email for all your accounts, hackers can try to hack your passwords for other platforms, which is easier if you use the same password in more than one place.
Imagine someone having access to all your social media, bank accounts, and other sensitive accounts that you don’t want anyone to see. Once you get your email, it may already be halfway through everything else.
They can exploit two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication provides an extra and powerful layer of protection, which helps prevent others from accessing your online accounts, but what happens when someone can take advantage of this feature?
Assume an online platform sends the binary code to your email address to verify your identity. In this case, anyone with access to your email account can easily break the two-factor authentication feature. Even if you’re using SMS or a authentication app for your binary code, password reset requests usually go to your email, and in some cases also include requests to disable two-factor authentication altogether.
And when a hacker accesses your email account, they won’t have any problems accessing all your other online accounts.
Hackers can collect all your data
We all have a lot of private information in our email accounts, whether it’s media, private emails or financial data, there’s a lot you might not want others to look at, especially cybercriminals.
If someone has access to all of this information, they will certainly find a way to use it for malicious purposes, it may be as simple as selling email addresses to third parties or it may be using this information to harm you in some way. Either way, it’s best to avoid these issues from the start.
They can try to fool your friends and family
A common way scammers use to obtain sensitive information for people is a technique called phishing. This means that the fraudster impersonates someone else to try to convince people to provide their personal data or even open their wallets.
And if someone can send emails from your account, your friends and family will have no reason to believe that you are not the one who sent the email. Regular spam filters will not apply if the message has already arrived from your email account. This means they may be willing to disclose sensitive information that they cannot otherwise give to a stranger.
The fraudster may try to extort money from those close to you by impersonating you and claiming to be in trouble and need immediate help.
Not only does this put your friends and family at risk, but scammers may also get their email accounts, further spreading the issue.
These hackers can blackmail you
The ultimate goal for hackers is to blackmail you as soon as they access your email account. And if they store all your private information somewhere, it’s easy for them to threaten to reveal that information, or get ransom, and that happened with someone I know very well. And if you don’t have any sensitive information, it’s not without fear and threat.
Your own accounts may be locked
Whether it’s just your email account or all your other online accounts, if a cybercriminal gets your password and email, you could lose access to your entire digital life in no time.
And if scammers can reset your passwords on all platforms available to them, you’ll immediately lose access to everything. We’re not just talking about social media platforms, we’re also talking about things like bank accounts and others, and of course your own email address.
Not only will you lose access to your online accounts, they will also be able to impersonate you.
Moreover, if they can use this to access your Apple ID, they can also remotely erase all your devices, and erase iCloud backups as well. This may seem elusive, but it has been done before. Your digital presence can be completely erased.
Your reputation may be destroyed
This scammer may be someone who holds grudges against you, once they get your email, they will try to find more than one way to harm you and your reputation, such as sending inappropriate emails to your coworkers or reveal private information to your friends and family. There are many ways he uses to destroy your reputation, relationships and even your working life.
How to avoid all these problems
There are already many ways to avoid being hacked or scammed without much hassle or effort, but here are some general recommendations:
◉ Stop giving your email address to anyone you don’t know or offer to any site you don’t trust. Whether it’s online or in real life. You can use different email addresses for different platforms, this way, your private email address will be secure, and you can tell people your public email address without worrying too much.
◉ Enhance your passwords. Use different passwords for different online platforms, and try to make them as complicated as possible. And try using capital letters, small numbers, and symbols in your passwords. Know that longer passwords can be difficult to remember, but there are some great password managers that will keep all your passwords safe in one place, and some help you use spam addresses as well.
◉ And if you want to be safer, use two-factor authentication. It would be better if you set it up to receive your code on your personal phone, so no one else will be able to access it, but avoid using SMS if you can, as this is vulnerable to SIM card switching attack.
◉ Use an authentication app that generates codes on your device, or better yet, use a physical security key for your sensitive accounts.
◉ Last but not least, avoid suspicious sites. Sometimes, one click is all it takes for someone to get your email and password on one of these sites.
Although there is no perfect way to completely protect yourself from cybercriminals, the steps above will help you a lot. They may always find new ways to try to attack people, but you shouldn’t make it easier for them.