How To Get A Hacked Discord Account Back
Last Updated: June 3, 2020
Hacked Discord accounts are nothing new. Unfortunately, they have been around as long as the service itself and show no signs of slowing down. Platforms can take all the security measures they like but as long as they accept users from the outside, they will always be susceptible to hacking. If you find yourself in this situation, this tutorial will show you how to get a hacked Discord account back and what to do to prevent it happening again.
Hacking is endemic online. From organized groups looking to make money or change society to bedroom hackers with bought tools from the dark web. Whoever it might be, every online service has to contend with hacking. Discord is just one of many.
Get your hacked Discord account back
Fortunately, Discord also appreciates that accounts get hacked and have a mechanism for dealing with it. Having never needed it, I don’t know how efficient it is but I do know how to use it.
First, if you can still log into your Discord account, do so and change the password immediately. Most hackers will change the password as soon as they get access to stop you logging in but if it’s just a kid messing around, you may get there before they do it. If so, change your password and report it to Discord and thank your stars for the lucky escape.
When you report a hacked account, Discord will direct you to their Trust & Safety page. You will quickly realize that the page is designed for reporting users and not hacks. It asks you to provide your User ID, message link and Server ID. With the exception of your User ID, the other two are pointless when reporting a hack.
Instead, go to the Discord request page. Complete the online form fully and use Other Terms of Service Violation in Report Type as that seems most relevant. Add a full description and submit your report. Now you just have to wait until Discord answers your request and takes whatever action they deem necessary.
If you had a PayPal account linked to Discord, you should check that too. Log into your PayPal account and look for any suspicious activity. If you see any, head to PayPal’s resolution center and report your account compromised.
You should also visit your pre-approved payments page and remove Discord from there if it appears. This should prevent any, or any more, transactions from Discord.
Improve the security of your Discord account
There are some practical tips for improving the general security of Discord. Don’t wait until you’re hacked before implementing these. Do it now as prevention is always better than cure.
Use two-factor authentication
Discord has the option for two-factor authentication (2FA). Use it. It requires you to enter an OTC, One-Time Code, delivered via SMS to your phone before it allows login. If your account has been hacked, unless the hacker also has your phone, they won’t be able to get in.
Select user option from Discord and My Account. Select Enable Two-Factor Auth from there and set it up.
Use an antivirus and firewall on your computer
Many hacks begin with malware on a computer that can include Trojans or keyloggers to capture passwords. Using a good antivirus and firewall on all your computers can help prevent this. Have them set to automatic and let them protect your computer at all times. Phones and tablets can have antivirus too if you log into Discord from there.
Use a strong password
Some hacks use simple dictionary attacks to crack passwords. This uses a bot to hit the login server will thousands of word combinations to try to force the login. Using a non-dictionary word or passphrase is a great way to protect all your online accounts. Try to make your password as complicated as you can while still being able to remember it. Try for a phrase if you can, a collection of words rather than a single word.
Learn to recognize phishing attacks
Phishing is a way for a hacker to fool you into giving away logins or downloading malware. They begin with a legit-looking email offering something for nothing, free Fortnite currency, a free trial of Xbox Live or something else. If an offer is too good to be true, it usually is.
If you receive an email supposedly from Microsoft offering a month of Xbox Live in return for completing a survey, don’t bother. The link may not go to a survey and hovering over the link to check won’t work either as surveys are usually performed by external agencies who don’t always use sensible URLs.
Discord doesn’t really mention hacking much and doesn’t even offer a mechanism for reporting it. You need to use the same reporting tool you would use to report racism or toxicity in a channel. That makes it even more important to prevent the hack in the first place if you can!