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  1. SPROINGY

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    Hi All,
    I have two iPads, an Air and a 5th generation. Somehow (through Google or through Apple, I don’t know) they are being accessed by a hacker.

    When I tell people that, they always want to know how I’m so sure. OK, First, examples of unauthorized changes to my iPad: 1. A photo was added to my iPad, and for sure I didn’t add it and forget it. 2. A financial institution I access online was hacked- I regularly change my security settings, and the last time I did so, I tried to login a few hours later and found myself locked out. That was no mistake; I am meticulous. 3. I can’t change my Apple ID- I posted about this before, and I got a reply that doing that could cause ‘serious problems,’ although there was no explanation given. I can’t access my Google account; the password was changed, even with two methods of 2FA enabled, I can’t get in- believe me, I use the 2FA, and get a ‘sign in approved’ message, but I cannot sign in! 4. My email was deleted prior to 28/12/2019, and a few days later it was deleted prior to 5 February of this year. 5. I erased both iPads simultaneously (Settings->General->Reset->Erase All Content & Settings, *not* Reset all Settings) and a few days later I did a Manual Reinstall (not from backup) and as I can’t Reinstall both of them at the same time, I got a message on the one I was working on saying that the one I *hadn’t* reinstalled was being used for FaceTime (which I’ve never used) and iMessage, too!

    OK, there’s 5 examples of unauthorized access, but there’s seemingly no connection between them.

    When I did my reinstall, I got a message when I put Gmail back on my tablet that something bad was being installed with it. I’m concerned that if I erase All Content & Settings again, I’ll have difficulty doing a reinstall this time. With IT, I’m not a beginner, neither am I an expert. I don’t misuse the ‘Net.

    I don’t know what else to tell you, if you have questions I’ll give my best reply, if you have advice, you’ll have my gratitude!

    Thanks!
     
  2. twerppoet

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    Sounds like you iCloud, Gmail, and possibly other accounts have been compromised. Cleaning up the iPad won’t fix any of that. You’ll have to work with the account providers. Whether this was a result of the iPad being hacked, or the accounts being hacked first is irrelevant at this point. Getting your accounts back is the priority.
     
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    Thanks for your reply, twerppoet! Yes, everything you say sounds right on.

    Just one thing I don’t understand, if you have time to enlighten me... You say I’ll have to work with the ‘account providers.’ Do you mean Google and Apple, or??

    And, how do I work with them?

    Sorry to drag this on (I’d like to get past this nasty learning experience pronto!), but I’ve never been through this before, so I’m kind of in the dark regards the steps I should take from here. Could you kindly give me a few pointers?

    And again, many thanks for your reply!
     
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    If you can still access your accounts, change your passwords immediately. If you can’t access your accounts you’ll have to go through the account providers to regain control of the accounts.
     
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    Hi scifan57, My apologies for the late response! You’ve mentioned, as did twerppoet, about ‘going through the account providers to regain control of the accounts.’

    I’ve never had this experience, could you or twerppoet please give me details about how to do this?

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    Honestly I’ve never had to do so myself. I’ve only read a few stories, and don’t remember the details well.

    I would start with Apple’s usual support phone or text. If they don’t handle it, they should be able to give you the contacts and procedure.

    If you have the Apple Support app installed, you could start there. Or go to the Apple.com site and peruse the Contact link a the bottom of the page (in all the small text).


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    P.S. Sorry I got back to you so late.
     
  7. SPROINGY

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    Thank You so much for your reply, twerppoet!

    It’s a great reply, gives me something more to go on!

    I’ll win this.

    Mankind will win that!

    Rock On!
     
  8. twerppoet

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    No problem. Persistence and patience are probably key. The companies are probably going to make you jump through a few hoops; to be certain it’s you who are recovering your accounts and not a crook trying to steal them. A lot of the difficulty is because crooks have used recovery services to steal accounts in the past.

    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks, twerppoet. Sorry for the late reply; I hadn’t expected one.

    I studied IT in the past, for good purposes. Now it seems I’ll have to learn about misuse of the ‘Net, to protect myself. Sad.

    If I get my iPads restored, what do I need to do to minimize my chances of being hacked again? I am mostly on a hotel’s WiFi. I use a VPN.
     
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    Using a VPN is a good precaution, especially on poorly secured wi-fi networks. The other precautions are the usual of not clicking on links from untrusted sources, good password managment, and other sensible precautions. Understand, it does not sound like you were hacked. You were hacked. At least not directly. What you lost were your accounts, and the could have happened in numerous ways. A direct hacking of the iPad is pretty much the lest likely way they would have used to steal your accounts. After all, if they had access to your iPad, what would they gain by taking away your your accounts?

    Anyway, There are tons of good source for basic security practices, and they mostly say the same things. I can’t make a dent in them here. A little searching will turn up several good starting points.
     

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