Can people hack my Google Gmail account?
Dave, I signed up recently for Google's Gmail service, got an invitation from someone I otherwise didn't know, and now all of a sudden the people in my address book are complaining that I'm spamming them and I can't log in to my account any more. What's going on?
Actually, thanks to a note from Albert Houseman, I just figured out what might well have happened to you, and it's a sneaky hack that involves just as much social engineering as computer trickery. The key is that you got an invitation from someone you didn't know...
Here's how someone who had malicious intent could set you up with a Gmail account and then later hack into your new mailbox and contact list:
First, they need a secondary account that isn't a Gmail address. A Yahoo or Hotmail address would work fine.
Now, when they generate an invitation for you, they type in your first and last name, but their email address.
The invitation is sent to them and they forward it along to you, cut and paste it into a friendly response to your request ("Try this link for an account:") or even just redirect the message so it appears to have come directly from Gmail.
But what's different now is that the secondary email address is theirs, not your non-Gmail account:
You sign up, fill in the fields indicated on the Gmail signup form, leave that without thinking because "heck, it's probably just a referral" or similar, and then use your Gmail account without thinking about it again.
Some time later, when the hacker figures you've used the account enough that you'll have a good address book, lots of mail in your archive, etc. they go to the Gmail signup page and click on "I forgot my password":
They select to have a new password generated and sent to the secondary mail address - which is their email address, not yours - and you're now locked out of your account while they can pretend to be you as much as they'd like.
It's a bit convoluted, but if you are signing up for a Gmail account, make double sure that where it says "Secondary mail" that you have your own address, not someone elses address.
Note that you can also change this once you're logged in to your Gmail account by going to your Google Account Information and clicking on Security Question and Contact Info.
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Reader Comments To Date: 546
orkut account of one of my friend is haked now......she is very scared abt it ....can i know...how it is possible..........
I have 3 gmail accounts. And have had them for 4years. I recently wanted to change the password for each of them and after doing so and the gmail screen saying I have changed my password it reverts back to the old password - any thoughts on what to do?
I am abi. I got an account in gmail , but now i cant access my ID. I forgetted my existing password and security question. Because that is an old mail ID. But i have some photos into my ID. So i want to get it again my gmail ID with existing password. could u please help me to get that mail ID. If i can access my ID , which is greatly appreciated.Thanks.
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cannot access to my gmail account, i tried to
recover my password by answering the question but it do not works. listen password do not match but why ??
My gmail account is associated with my google group.
Kindly provide me your support ... ?
I forgot the password of my gmail account -firstname.lastname@example.org.Could you please help me with it..
Thanks n Regards,
Supra here, I forgot my Gmail account Password. Which i having some important mails are there. I forgot my secondary email address & its password also. So could u help me to recover my Gmail account Password.
i dont know how my another gmail account that is offical, suddenly not accessable..
spmone hack my password..
my security question and secondary mail
what can i do..
please do help me..
i need my account back..
so ive locked myself out of my myspace because i forgot my old gmail acount password and security question; so theres no possible way to hack back into. ive tried almost every site for hacking. can you please help me?
have a gmail as email@example.com i have changed my password last month, but i forgot the same. How can i get my account again or how can i retrieve my password. I also forgot the secondary mail id which i provided at the time of creating account.Please help me.
I forgot the password of my gmail account -firstname.lastname@example.org.Could you please help me with it..
Thanks n Regards,
hi i m ajay.. i want to hack someone gmail password, i know the id and security question. Also i have sent him the invetation to open an gmail account. but i dont want him to know that i have his password. can u please help me.
I had a gmail account for just about a year, but I deleted it and its contents more than ninety days ago. Emails I deleted would be devastating to an accuser in a current lawsuit and would absolutely change the outcome of the case. If served with some sort of subpoena or warrant, could Google provide past deleted e-mails from an account that was deleted more than ninety days ago? Do they have backups of these items and if so, for how long? Thanks!
i have a gmail as email@example.com i have changed my password before 1 days, but i forgot the same. How can i get my account again or how can i retrieve my password. I also forgot the secondary mail id which i provided at the time of creating account.Please help me.
hi.My gmail account has been hacked by a person I know. I wrote to the tech support but they couldn't help. I opened it last year, and didn't used it for about 2 months. Then I got a message from that account, and of course I couldn't get back in because the password was changed.
Can you help?
Can I change the my gmail password firstname.lastname@example.org my friends open the my gmail id so pls request for me change the password
Dear Sir i have many pic in gmail somebody hacked my gmail acc he was del my all pic so i want that all my pic is it possible or not plzzz sir help its my very old and family pic plzzz need all that pic my gmail id iz email@example.com or i got my that id but he was del all my data so i kindly resqust that plzz resovle my problem i am so tens now dayzz bye take care i ll waiting urs reply
I got a important email to my gmail account.
That email got FORWARDED from me to a third party without doing me doing anything.
I think obviously someone hacked my gmail.
But I heard that there is a software that does that (forward the email u sent to a third party) without having to hack/get the pass.
How true is that??
My gmail id has been disabled. Iget the following message "Sorry,your account has been disabled". And all my contacts since my college time were there infact my so many attchments. I have tried all options ,I am writing to google everyday but am not getting any response.
Please help me out
I would be very thankful to you
i have forgot my gmail password and also the secondary email id was not in use for 2 years . wat can i do.
i need help and i wanna know
is there any software or codes to find my lost password..help me,help me,help me plz .my grl friends msg are there ...
i hav forgotten my password and also the security answer.. i dont know weather i have forgotten it or some one has hacked my account.. i really need to use that account.CAN U SOLVE THIS PROBLEM??
i hav forgotten my password and also the security answer.. i dont know weather i have forgotten it or some one has hacked my account.. i really need to use that account.
plz help me i am in trouble.
Can u solve the problem?
I received a mail from Colonel Avatar Singh in New Delhi. His e-mail id is firstname.lastname@example.org. He said that he was Indian representative for Royal Ayurvedic Spa in France. I sent him money for employment. Now he keeps in mobile switched off always. I just want to have details of his whereabouts to lodge a complaint with the local police. Could you help please ?
i had a account created by a person. the person now changed the password, username is the same. i went for security question, it asked me for phone number and secondary email. I don't know it. can u help me in this to recover my username.
My email address ''Gmail'' been hacked recently.Someone has created an email address and communicated with my Bank on my behalf and got info. this hacker didnt communicate from my email adress ,he/she used a new email address and Bank replied and sent my statement to him/her .
How I can protect ? Please advise.
i forgot my password ,also i forgot my secondary email id,
please tell me how can i recover my gmail account
Dear Dave MERRY CHRISTMAS! I have a problem and could use some help from someone in the know;-)
Someone is bustin-in in to my gmail account. Not sure what it is that there after but it is unsettling.I have seen this individual in my account the same time as me. I retrieved the ip address from `last account activity` at bottom of gmail pg. I looked up the IP address and it is from a mobile phone blackberry in Waterloo Ont ( I live in Vancouver)I have changed my password & security question and he is still getting in!
HELP how do I shake the snake!
Thanks Dave any help would be much appreciated
hi,i just want to know how can i get my security question and answer which i have filled at the time of account opening ?
Please i need your help i forgot the answer of my secret question and i did not put a secondry e mail address now i can;t log in my account any help plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
i wanna find my friends email address and wanna contact her but all i know is her name is there any way i can find her gmail address
My google account got hacked, and the person who hacked started accessing my orkut Gmail and gtalk accounts. and he also started spamming my friendz.. kinly help me how to get back my account, i have some important files in my gmail . please help me dear....
Dear my gmail account ( email@example.com ) is hacked last night. would you please recover that because i have lot of official confidentioal data on that.
Along with above many other products are being used with same id and password.
I am very much anxious about it.
i just need ur help..Actly i got married a few months back and have found that my husband is having affair with someone else..he chats with her late at night on his own lappy..so i heard that we can hack any1's gmail acount..cud u plz help me and tell hw to hack my hubby's accnt using my lappy..he has never used me lappy though..i'll be really thankful to you..
somebody has changed my password and i dont recollect my secondary email. pls help me
with best regards
Dave, I know the person who is hacking into my computer and reading my Gmail. He was a govt. computer guy for HP so he knows the ins and outs of computers. Is there any way to keep him out of my email etc.
can you find some one's password for me he is my boyfriend i want to know his password please?
i have an orkut acconyt of which password changes very strangely
i didnt it
probably no one change my password
and i take help my new account has createdbut i wants to use my old accont
how can i got it
I need someone to hack into my old gmail account. My ex stole it and I need it back. I will pay pleas help my contact is
my son Ban is usually chatting with his girlfriend so can you tell me how can i no his password to check who's his girlfriend. And i think he's still too young to have a girlfriend so i hope you will help me with it.
hi,Dave I want to hack their gmail account his email ID:queenking12345 please hack it and send his password to me on firstname.lastname@example.org
i have a gmail a/c. i forgot my pw, security question. and also i changed my secondary mail id. in previous, which i provided to gamil is not working now. how can i retrieve my new password to use my gamil a/c. pls help me.
Somebody has hacked my gmail password whom i dont know. He downloaded all the chats of mine in a wordpad and forwarded to one fake yahoo account and then inturn forwarded to other person's office email id.
Its true dat i havent shared my password wit any1.
Is it possible that the third person can hack the password?
Pls let me know.
I am in a serious problem I forgot my gmail password and cant access my mail for the last several monts. The problem became more serious as the alternate id I provided was an old one and now dosenot exist.
Please help me if you can.
hi dave ,
i have a gmail as email@example.com i have changed my password before 1 days, but i forgot the same. How can i get my account again or how can i retrieve my password. I also forgot the secondary mail id which i provided at the time of creating account.Please help me.
I cannot open my gmail id...at that time of am entering my mail id the error occured in the password side.so please help me access my gmail account as soon as possible the ways...
plz help me out.l need to know the password of this account.
hi dave i wanna get password for my other gmail account, which is already been hacked i talked to the other gmail account people but they wont help me.
please email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org
somebody has hacked my password. pls help me to get my password back.i tried to get through forgot password link, but it is saying sent to alternate mailid, i didnt get any mail. waited for security qn , but its not asking me that. wht to do?help me.
sir i have fogot my i.d. password and security question answer .
guide me so that i could get access to my valueable files
i forget my passward .how can i know my passward
and another thing is there i didn't give any security quetion for my email_id.
i wanted to know is it easy to hack someoneone's gmail/yahoo/hotmail address if he does not know the person's personal details.If so what is the order of vulnerability i.e which is the most difficult and which is the easiest? Is it possible to access any text file on the comp when it is connected to net thru a dial-up connection?
sir, i want to delete indyarocks account plz help!!
Dear Mr. Deva
I need some information,which are very important for us.We designed a website and running it on all search engines on top priority bases throughout the world.Website counter showing that it is receiving traffic rapidly but we are not receiving its queries,It looks our opponents have access to our websites email address.How can we get rid of them.Please reply soon.
Sir,some one is sending massge through his gmail which idont want,I want to know that person contact adress-his mail is email@example.com
Some one has hacked my account . I need it back urgently as a lot of information is there. Please help me. I have given all details correctly apart from my security question but still there is no feedback. Whom can I contact.
You seem to be doing awesome work and provide correct direction to confused souls like I.
I created a gmail account for for organization where i work. But for some reasons the event was postponed and now i have forgotten the password and answer to security question. Tops, i didnot give scondary email. Is ter any hope?
i ned help finding some of my friends and it is not workin
sir someone hacked my gmail account...i wanna recover my account so what can i do plz tell....waitin
hey .. i want to learn a way to ahcek my husbands e-mail yahoo as well as gmail...
he is chating on me -- need your help to catch him
i have a gmail as firstname.lastname@example.org i have changed my password, but i forgot the same. How can i get my account again or how can i retrieve my password. I also forgot the secondary mail id which i provided at the time of creating account.Please help me.contect me at this address email@example.com
I cannot open my gmail id...at that time of an entering my mail id the error occured in the password side.so please help me access my gmail account as soon as possible the ways...
i have a gmail account. somebody hacked my account and changed the password....
so please tell me what i can do???
My cousin,often breaks into my gmail account,eventhough she doesnt know my password.My account-password hasnot changed either.This is her habit,that she breaks into all her friends and relatives accounts.I really need to stop this,as it is not a healthy habit.what shall I do?Please help me.
Thanking you in anticipation.
hello sir Some body hacked my Gmail account and they have changed my password. Can you Please kindly help me to access my old gmail account.
plzzzzzzz sir tell me solution niether i will die
i just foget my gmail password.
i'm also forget secondary email .
so how can i do that
can u help me ?
Thnaks and regards,
some hacked my orkut ac plz tell me who is this gay
Dave, i need 2 find my cousins e-mail ID who is at Dubai.. i only know his name.... how can i find his Email ID? i dont hav his mobile no. too...........
hay D.taylor.....thanks a lot or those posts ,learned a lot from it......but i would like to know more about fake login pages....do they really work???pls do reply to this post cuz i'm learning a lot from all the stuffs you all have been posting.........thank you.......and please let me know more about fake login pages........
actually i have a prob., i have used my gmail on thursday, but when i tried to login with the same id n passwrd on sunday , im not able to. Its showing userid n passwd nt matching, but i dint change anything ???
i have al my frnds contact list over there, n while trying to change the password , i can seee that my secure question has been also changed !!
wat to do , pls somebody advice me ??
thx in adv :)
hello sir how r u
my name is dinesh bafna sir Some body hacked my Gmail account and they have changed my password. Can you Please kindly help me to access my old gmail account.
hello sir how r u
my name is nimesh singh sir Some body hacked my Gmail account and they have changed my password. Can you Please kindly help me to access my old gmail account. please send me help topic in this account firstname.lastname@example.org
as i cant access my account.
Hello dave can you please help me to hack my fiancee's gmail account? Im thinking she's doing something behind my back so please help me.
Hello Mr. Dave,
I'm unable to acces my gmail id, which has been created last year. I guess someone has hacked my id and changed the password. I tried to answer the security question which is of no use...and tried contacting google and filled the required form but in vain. Im really getting annoyed with this..I want tht id back, plz help in this issue.
Kindly revert back.
I have two other gmail accounts that my ex-boyfriend changed the passwords too. How do I get ahold of someone to make a report and to retrieve my account. I would be suprised if I didn't lose the emails that I had in there.
i have my poroblem of my account i saw online but i did not use at that time.there is sombody using it. i want to know who is this person why she/he can open it. i need help. i want this user stop using my account.
I create gmail account 4 somebody but she change the password, i just have verification code now and user name, how can i use that account again i mean i want to hack her, it is very important for me plsssss help me
ALL MY IDS got hacked from yahoo,indiatimes to gmail.my indiatimes id was secondary primary email address.My secret question answers isnt working anymore.I tried to get back my yahoo id by entering secret question answer but the very next day it got hacked again.I am in real trouble plzzz help me.This is the only id which i nvr used and once made for my friend is working.
plzzzzzzzzz help me and reply as soon as possible
i want to know if i delete & close my gmail account, is it possible for the hacker to reactivate my gmail account n lie to the gmail team saying and faking that this gmail account belongs to them and was accidentally deleted by someone else.
i just want to be sure that once delete n close gmail account, bad hacker wont be able to retrieve or reactivate my gmail accout.
i need to recover the password that i forgot last week... i need my old password it self...
can any one help me in this...
someone i know that hacked into my email deleted all of them send some to him self ican i see the IP address for the past two weeks or not and how else i can prove that person had me email and was using it ...
i have lost my gmail password can i get it back on my phone or any other id ...
I have this gmail account for about 2months now but recently my addressees arent receiving any mail i send!!!! It has become very frustrating to see the email from Gmail telling me that the emails I sent were delayed & afterwards, failed permanently.
I then opened a new Gmail account & when i tried to send a email from the account that wasn't working, I received it on my new account - but it said the sender was 'Unknown Sender'......Please help!!!!
I need to get my sons login name and password from gmail. Is there a step I can take or software I can get to do this. He logged in onto my computer at one time but now no longer uses my computer can I get it somehow ?
I have a gmail account is the name state that email@example.com.Last sat dy( 13th Jun)l try to log in my account.Three times I entered my username and password correctly.But is showed all the time that the user name and password is incorrect.I changed the password and again I cant to log in. Its my humble request,please tell me what is the exact problem happened and please give me the solution to retrive my gmail account please.This is my official email id and it has all my official releated document.If I cant to retrive means I will face a big prolem.So please give me the solution as soon as possible.
i had some charges to my bank account and have done a bit of detective work after contacting the cops. here is what i got.. someone ordered online with my card and i called to cancel but one order got through and then it actually arrived at my house not too smart of the thief. when I call the company since i reported it they wouldnt give me info so i tricked them and said the one order was fraud the other valid and wanted to verify my email. she said ok what is it and i said well i have various and rattled some off without the @watever.com.. she said o yea that the one but the @watever.com is different that the one i use it was a gmail.com address.. how do i find out who is behind it?
I lost my g mail account and password someone hacked it. I had a lot of officials mails and contacts. so please arrange as soon as possible.
salam I forgot my password
id gmail aliabadi.mahsa@gamil .com chi kar konam
hello mam sumone hacked my orkut accout and gmail account how could i know whose hacked my accout....so what can i do.....n plz tell the procedure to delete my account after hacking my account......
I have forgotten the password to my gmail account as well - I have some university information on it i really need. I don't know the answer to my security question!how can i get my password to my secondary email ID Please help - I need to get into my account. please answer at firstname.lastname@example.org
my gmail account is haked. pls recover my account.
dave sir... actually some one deleted my gmail account,and i very badly need to retrieve it.. my all emails are there i dont know what to do...plzzz plzz reply soon...
How can I get a verication code for an existing gmail id. I opened one account on "invite"
Somebody is used my g mail account n this is my official id. so plz help me bcoz i want its back plz sir help me. He had changed my password and my alternet id. Plz help me bcoz i m very helpless without my id. some me some help on my personal mail id email@example.com.
please help me in my fiancee's email account. someone has hacked her password and its now used for some illegal activities. please help me to find the password or destroy that password and give me the new password please. we have all our secret information and bank accounts in it. aplease help me through.
Someone has created orkut account using my photo and name i.e. Maengi Hnamte. They even created gmail account i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org. They uploaded 25 photos of me in orkut. Please hlep to remove the orkut account and gmail account immediately.
hi sir, i want hack tha gmail password of another account. tell me the way that how can it possible...............
YOU dont have to be afraid
if you lost your password
or security question
or if someone hacked into your gmail.
Just contact gmail.
And provide them
the ip's you use to sign in.
You will get your gmail back in just seconds.
And if you dont know your IP's than you r probably a big liar
who is trying to hack someone elses gmail.
g mail hacking is possible?. i tried a lot but was nt successful. how i can do this. can u send me the tricks to my personal mail.
I had a gmail a/c but somebdy hack it and changed the password can i would be able to get my mailing a/c back coz it contains a mail having some imp information.
So plz help me to retrive the password.
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