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Outlook Security Checklist: Essential Measures to Keep Your Account Safe

As one of the most widely used email services in the world, Outlook has become a popular target for cybercriminals seeking to gain access to sensitive information. With the increasing frequency of hacking attempts and other cyber threats, it's more important than ever to take steps to ensure the security of your Outlook account. If you suspect that your account may have been compromised, there are several actions you can take to help protect your information and prevent further damage. In this article, we will provide a checklist of steps to follow if you suspect that your Outlook account has been compromised, as well as additional tips for staying safe online.

1. Enable Multi-factor authentication

Make sure to enable multifactor authentication on your account to add an extra layer of security. This requires you to enter a code sent to your phone or email in addition to your password to log in. If it's not already enabled, please take the necessary steps to enable it or contact your IT department for assistance.

Click here to enable multi-factor authentication.

2. Check for suspicious activity:

Check your sent messages, deleted messages, and drafts folders to see if there are any messages you didn't send or actions you didn't take.

3. Check your login activity:

Check the recent activity log in your account to see if there are any login attempts from unfamiliar locations or IP addresses.  

Click here to check login history.

4. Change your password:

If you suspect that your email has been compromised, it's crucial to change your Outlook account password immediately. Use a strong, unique password that you haven't used before to help prevent unauthorised access to your account.

5. Check your account settings:

Make sure your account settings have not been changed without your knowledge. Check your email forwarding settings and your email signature to ensure they reflect your preferences. Cybercriminals may create rules that automatically forward your emails to an external account, which can allow them to access your sensitive information. If you notice any suspicious rules, delete them immediately and change your password to help prevent further unauthorised access.

Click here to check your Outlook Rules.

6. Run a malware scan:

Use reputable antivirus software to run a malware scan on your computer to check for any viruses or other malicious software that may have compromised your account.

7. Contact support:

If you are still concerned that your account has been compromised, contact Resolve IT support for further assistance.

By following these steps, you can help ensure that your Outlook account is secure and protected from unauthorised access. Remember to also follow best practices for online security and stay vigilant to help prevent potential threats.