I set up my company account with Google 2 years ago. The reason i opt for Google is because of the massive account space given to contain all my emails, functionlity to work around my account and securities features. Never a virus is send out on behalf of my account. Everything goes smoothly until last evening. I received a call from my overseas friend. She told me my email account was hacked. WHAT THE HECK!!
Readers who are reading this, take note of the writing this hacker did. It seems rather convincing, still my friends and clients were sharp-witted to notice the flaw. Take a good look below at the email writing technique this hacker’s manipulate.
“I really hope this gets to you in time, i was involved in a robbery during my trip to Madrid, Spain. I was mugged. All my belongings including mobile phone and credit card were all stolen. I asked my bank to cancel my cards and place hold on my account to avoid unauthorized access i need your help. I need your help flying back home.
Am cash strapped at the moment. I’ve made contact with my bank but the best they could do was to send me a new in the mail which will take 3-5 working days to arrive here. I need you to lend me some money to sort out of this predicament, i will pay back one i make it out of Spain.
Western Union is the fastest option to wire funds to me. Let me know if you need my details(full name on ID/location) to effect a transfer. You can reach me via email
I stayed calm at that moment, first situation flashed in my mind, will my client’s account gets compromised, i hope not. No point hitting the panic button yet. Soon i was receiving messages and phone calls from various clients, checking out was i all right. Immediately apologize and thanks for their concern. Two precautionary measures i applied.
The first step was to immediately put up a notice on my account such as Facebook, Twitter, BBM, Whatsapp, whichever channel the public can see to minmize the damage control. Social media becomes such a useful tool during that moment.
Second step was to hurry back home to retrieve my account. Google already noticed my account has been breached for the past 1hr. I immediately took the necessary measures to retrieve my account as guided by Google, luckily all my contacts are safely intact. Changed to a stronger password, mixture of words and numbers is strongly advisable.
Cyber world is a hidden trap that goes unnoticed if your personal or corporate email account is taken lightly. I was googling to share information on how to protect your account from the unwanted hackers.
Stay cyber safe and good luck.