If I come across a site on my PC that is WoW-related but appears suspicious, I open it on my Mac. Since I never play WoW on my Mac and since the two computers can't seem to talk to each other, I figure it's a pretty safe procedure.My password also has some of those weird characters in it.
Most of obvious, but must be said, stop surfing for porn on your wow computer. Use the Wii, PS3, iPhone, etc. if you really have too.And if you are going to use a cyber cafe to play some WoW, check the place out first. How are the other customers, are the computers "secure", what kind of atmosphere do they have and check out how reputable the staff are.
I once got an email, clearly a scam. It tried to convince me that if I wanted to go on playing I had to click on a link and agree on that Blizzard had moved their headquarter...They are so nice those hackers, sending funny mails which causes you to laugh for the rest of the day!
You forgot to link the iphone auth appAlso I don't think it's an increase in hacked accounts that's a concern, it's the increase in idiots that fall for them.
My firewall picks up any programs that starts up. And if it's a program that i know is ok. I click permit and check the create rule box. So if i see something that slipped by my antivirus pop up on my firewall. I just hit deny. Find where it is and delete it. That doesn't happen often though
I've seen ingame scams as well recently, like one that says wow is introducing new mounts, to see these new mounts go to usblizzard.wow.... I know kids on wow that would be gullible enough to fall for that. And if a family was sharing the account, there goes everyones account to the hackers, and no one knows how it happened. The kid definately won't say what he did. Another new one advertising in trade this last weekend is for T8 gear, where they'll get the gear for you.
I don't use IE. I use FFX with Adblock and Noscript.Don't believe anything ingame is free. If there are new free mounts, it would be all over Warcraft's homepage.I was even skeptical about the Mountain Dew battle bot thing... But again, after checking Warcraft.com, found a blue post that it was legit.Use your head. Don't have your login name the same as your character name. Use a strong password. Don't buy gold. Don't "trade/sell" chars. If you have to "Google" something- don't go to any result site that isn't Wowhead, Wowwiki, Warcraft or Thottbot.If you use addons, MANUALLY update them. (this is what got a guildy of mine).Just use.... your brain.
I think I get "upset" every time I read a post saying, "Get the Blizzard authenticator!"....do any of you who say this have any idea how long this very needed item has been out-of-stock?I see they now even have a new download for cell phones with authenticator....for only .99. Would be great if my cell phone type was listed. What I don't understand is why Blizzard can't make it harder to change a password...thus making it harder for a hacker to change your password. Maybe by having unique questions the account holder has to answer before they can change it or.......anything that could intervene with a hacking-in-progress.
Am I the only one who finds it kinda funny how they say "Blizzard will NEVER ask for your password" yet technically they ask for it every time you log in?
My guild was the target of a hacker for a few weeks last month. The hacker would spoof the name of one of our guild members but use a special character in the name to try to fool us, for example instead of using an i in a name the hacker used an ì. Inside the email was a link to a "recruitment video" that the guild member had made. It just so happens that my guild was recruiting at the time. Though I knew it was a virus, I went to the site and downloaded the file to verify and it was, in fact a virus so we posted on our guild MOTD to let our guild members know what was happening and to NOT open that link. I never ran the .exe file and my anti-virus program got the hack before it had a chance to do anything to my system (in fact, it got the file before it even let it on to my desktop).I thought that was a pretty sophisticated attack. In the in-game mails you can't tell the difference between an i and an ì. I got a hold of a Blizz. GM and he told me that it was "being taken care of" and that he couldn't discuss the action but basically made it sound like the account got the old Ban Hammer. I'm sure they just went out and got a new 10-day trial but at least they stopped bugging my guild. Anyway, just wanted to post this info for anyone out there who'd be served by it...beware, even "guild members" in-game mail may be suspect.
I got a tell the other day from some random name I've never seen before, telling me to go to X website to check out a new mount promotion blizz was holding. I knew it was a sham right from the get go, so I reported it and blocked the name, but I had a buddy of mine getting all excited saying he got the same tell and he wanted to check it out (ya he was serious -_-). Granted he smartened up once I pointed out how shady the whole thing was, but the point is there are a LOT of people around that just don't use common sense right from the get go. It's the 'ohhh shinies!' syndrome. They see something they like and immediately rush for it without thinking it through or thinking there might be some consequence for their action. Just take a few seconds to think about where that link may lead before you click it, it won't kill ya.
I think that Players should take more responsibility with the security of their account. As it has been I have seen a rise in purple gold sellers during later night hours (by that I mean people wanting to sell BOE purples from high lvl instances and raids) It has become quiet troublesome and rather annoying to see these individuals spam trade over and over again. Though it's possible the goldsellers bought the account... I doubt it's true. I think to often individuals blame another for what has gone wrong with their account. A temporary lapse in good internet browsing can lead to your account being stolenFor me personal I use No-script, coupled with Ad Block Plus (so some of those annoying adds don't pop up, or does No script block adds too? If not I use Ad block to block images I'd rather not see anyway so it's useful in that regard.) I have never given my account information out. And for those blaming B-net, I have a b-net account, and as much as I hate it (having the account that is :P), I have yet to be hacked. For tips for others: I also NEVER log in any other computer than my own, I also NEVER let anyone on my computer unless I am standing right beside them hovering over their every move (yes I'm annoying that way, but I would prefer to not have my data losed/corrupted stolen or done what ever with because one person chose to do something stupid on my computer) I also lock my computer when I am not at it so that no one can get on it without a password. I do not download guides or anything WOW related to downloads other than Add-ons which get scanned upon download and only from sites that are reputable (and for cursed.com I never have them "automatically" place the add-on where it should go as manual is just as easy) In the end goldsellers won't be going away that easily and for those of us who value the time we have invested in our accounts, a safe account means peace of mind, but it also means we have to be more careful as well, but in the end I think it pays off, as having to get hacked is never fun, you end up wasting so much time getting everything back that was lost when it could have been avoided with some internet browsing safety.
i've been using IE forever and have had no problems with being hacked. and on the spyware and virus front have had no issues as well. while yes firefox is supposed to be more secure, you should practice safe surfing habits. places that are abundant with malicious content are social sites (myspace, facebook, twitter, etc) or anything that gives scripts codes or an ohh ahh factor that makes you want to click a link. its like teaching the horse how to get to the water vs. giving him a bowl that auto refills itself.
I've got a nice write-up around here somewhere...http://www.wowhead.com/?forums&topic=105639