Recognize and secure a hacked Yahoo Mail account

There are some warning signs that indicate when an account has been compromised. If you see anything that suggests you've been hacked, there are some important steps you can take to secure your account.

Signs your account has been hacked

When in doubt, secure your account

  • Use Yahoo Account Key or two-step verification
  • Change your password; make sure it's strong enough
  • Check and update your account recovery email information
  • If you get locked out of your account, use the Sign-in Helper

Review your Yahoo Mail settings

Check your account settings for any changes you didn't make. Hackers could edit some of these to get copies of emails you send or receive. Restore any settings if needed.

Access all your settings using your desktop web browser from the Settings icon Image of the Settings icon. or Image of the Settings icon. in the top right corner of the Yahoo Mail page.

  • Filters
  • Signature
  • Sending name
  • Auto-forwarding
  • Reply-to address
  • Vacation response
  • Blocked addresses

  Missing any contacts or emails? - Restore your contacts or submit an email restore request