My phone was hacked

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My phone has been hacked by my daughter's boyfriend. What all do I need to do to get rid of this? As in besides changing my passwords, do I need to get a new email address a new phone number a new phone delete the old Facebook account and get a new router? I'm willing to do whatever it takes I just need to know what all I need to do thank you for your help


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Samsung Galaxy phone
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It does not mean the phone was hacked. Just the accounts for the apps used on the phone..Start of by using a safe,clean PC, one you have a good anti-virus running on and it’s up to date,  and change your account passwords. Use a strong password.

If you use passwords with things like birthdays, anniversaries or other special significance they make it easier for people to crack. The same goes for the names of family members, pets, ex’s or the type of car you drive or favorite vacation spots. 

Too many people use these because they are easy to remember. The problem is if you post anything to social media on those dates or photos tagged with the name it’s even easier to crack your password. You should be using a password of at least 8 to 10 characters and use mixed case, upper and lower and even use a few special characters. Each special char and extra char used in the password makes it exponentially tougher to crack.

You should also never use the same password on multiple sites. If someone does get into an account, say your email, they can go to other sites of yours and ask for a password reset. 

It then gets sent to that email address and they can change it and lock you out of your accounts or worse. It’s scary to think but it happens. It gets worse the more we use different social media accounts and expose personal information. 

You shouldn’t need a new router.

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  • TheRealRaven
    It's unlikely that your phone was hacked unless you can provide evidence. There's generally no need to 'hack' a phone, especially of someone close. Various web accounts could be a different story (no "phone hack" needed).

    Changing passwords is the first and most important step, When done, passwords used should be long enough to foil brute force cracking and complex enough that personal details (names, dates, etc.) don't compromise them.
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