How can I find out if I’ve been hacked?

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This girl I went out with once told me she's hacked me. She said she hacked my email and blocked my (scholarship) applications from being sent. How do I know for sure that this is true. I also have been receiving weird vague emails. And she said those emails means I'm being hacked. I asked a friend to help (who is also her friend) and he said that the only way for him to get rid of it is by me being on the phone with her (and it will also work better if her and I talk to each other) while he does whatever it is he needs to do. He said that the virus or the hack or whatever interacts w my phone so even if i change my phone, my number, my emails and all my accounts, I would still be affected. The virus would still find its way to me. I don't really doubt about the hack however the steps to get rid of the virus is what made me iffy.
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  • ToddN2000
    What kind of phone is it. It may be possible, but highly unlikely. Also, after what has happened would you trust her friend? What does her friend plan on doing? Anyone can say they hacked anything, but do they actually have the skills to do it? Weird emails could just be spam.
    First thing I would do is use a clean device to change all my account passwords. It's possible that you may have a key logger that records everything you type. Some of these are sophisticated enough that they can email this file to the hacker. Start with those and see if the issues clear up..She may just be bitter and is trying to scare you. Are you using strong passwords with letters, numbers and special characters? You should. You should not use pet names/special dates or other thing they may find on social media. This can make hacking your accounts much easier with just a bunch of trial and error attempts. Example say you drive a 67' Mustang and have pictures of yourself on line with it. I would not use Mustang67 as a password anywhere.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Vague mails that do not mean, you have been hacked. Sometimes, mails are coming just as spam or something like that. You can check spam folder also. You can block these mails if you think so and that mechanism you can find on your mail system. First change password with more complex one and if possible change your mobile password/ laptop password. If she just did a joke that's understanding in between you both. For virus etc. is there any anti virus installed? If yes, then you must update its patch etc to keep work properly. Or if the AV is not working properly, you can download MWAV (a free/emergency scan & clean tool) to make sure that there is no virus.
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  • KEM777
    I saw a shorter version of your question.  Sorry, I did not realise you might by phone. The pwned above is for PC/laptop.  Start at this website https://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-tell-if-your-phone-has-been-hacked/.  Hope this is helpful.  Cheers,
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