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  • Drew Hjelm

Threat Alert! How to Check and Secure your Google, Microsoft, and Apple Accounts

Have you ever felt that unsettling moment when you suspect your online accounts have been breached? Perhaps you received a mysterious email hinting at leaked passwords, unauthorized logins, or worse—threats to expose your private data. Fear not! In this blog post, we’ll equip you with the tools to assess the situation and fortify your defenses.


1. Microsoft Account

If you suspect your Microsoft account has been compromised, follow these steps:

  1. Check for Unusual Activity:

    1. Log in to your Microsoft account.

    2. Review recent activity, including sign-ins from unfamiliar locations or devices.

    3. Look for any unauthorized changes to your account settings.

  2. Use Microsoft’s Interactive Tool:

    1. Microsoft provides an interactive tool to guide you through account recovery if you believe it has been hacked. Visit the Microsoft account recovery page and follow the instructions.

  3. Secure Your Account:

    1. Change your password immediately.

    2. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for an extra layer of security.

    3. Regularly monitor your account for any suspicious activity.

    4. BEST: Remove your password from your Microsoft account.

2. Google Account

To verify the security of your Google account, consider the following steps:

  1. Check Passwords:

    1. Visit passwords.google.com to review your saved passwords.

    2. Google’s Password Checkup tool can help you identify compromised, reused, or weak passwords associated with your account.

  2. Review Account Activity:

    1. Log in to your Google account and go to Security Checkup

    2. Check recent sign-ins, connected devices, and account recovery options.

  3. Enable 2FA:

    1. Turn on two-factor authentication for added security.

      1. Better: Use passkeys from your phone to login to Google.

      2. Best: Buy Yubikeys and enable Advanced Protection for your Google Account.

3. Apple ID

For your Apple ID, follow these steps:

  1. Check Recent Activity:

    1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device.

      1. Tap your name at the top.

      2. Select Password & Security.

      3. Review recent sign-ins and device activity.

    2. From Computer: Check devices in your Apple ID account

  2. Change Your Password:

    1. If you suspect compromise, change your Apple ID password immediately.

    2. Consider using a strong passphrase.

  3. Two-Factor Authentication:

    1. BEST: Buy Yubikeys and protect your Apple account with security keys. If you don't have Yubikeys, you can use your device as a passkey.

    2. OK: Enable two-factor authentication for enhanced security. Use trusted devices to receive verification codes.



Preventive Measures

Regardless of the platform, here are some general tips to safeguard your accounts:

  • Regularly Update Software: Keep your operating system, apps, and security software up to date.

  • Beware of Phishing Emails: Avoid clicking on suspicious links or providing personal information via email.

  • Use Strong, Unique Passwords: Avoid reusing passwords across different accounts.

  • Monitor Account Activity: Regularly review your account activity and set up alerts for unusual logins.

Remember, proactive steps can prevent unauthorized access and protect your sensitive information. Stay vigilant and prioritize your account security!

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