One way that I keep secure is I stay away from clicking on any adverts or websites that look dodgy. To help me with this, I will usually use Google and type the name of the suspicious site and see what results - if there's forum posts or reviews saying this site is dodgy, then I'll avoid it completely and (occasionally) report it. And if I see an advert that interests me, I'll google it and click the specific result directly linking to the site, rather than clicking on the ad itself. I know it results in a loss of page ad click for the domain owner, it's for my own protection.
That's a ton of e-mails!Also remember the WoW casino post on the blog? I just saw someone doing that! He yelled in Org: "Welcome to the WoW lottery! Trade me some gold and then roll and you can win up to double or triple the amount! 1-60=nothing, 61-80=double, 81-100=triple!"Also whenever I see a random invite I always /who them. If they are level one (unless they are a friend) I decline. Yet I haven't done that in a while.I also have this FireFox add-on called WOT. Get it. It helps a lot.
My cousin, an avid WoW player for 2 years, got his Account hacked today. We were actually at a family gathering, and we were talking about Class specs and which were the best and overpowered and nerfed too much. He has a Hunter, and I have a Rogue, so we have sort of different views.When I got home, I got a call from him and he said that his account was hacked. He had never given his information out, he never compromised it in anyway. Maybe Blizzard's crapping out some how? He's trying to get his information right now.
Just use a little common sense. It truly goes a long way. As uncaring as it may sound, I truly have no pity for people who fall victim to phishing or keyloggers.
Please don't quote links to bad sites. You'd think that would be a no-brainer by now.
I have never been hacked (and hopefully never will). I am sure if someone got my info they could make a ton of money from my account because of all my 80s, gear, etc.Really though, it's the little things you can do to prevent being hacked.- Get a good anti-virus. I have used avast home edition (free) for over 3 years. I always just do a scan of a file I download. It has picked up quite a few trojans from things before (not WoW related) and it gets rid of them easily.- Watch what URL's you click. This is pretty obvious, but it's amazing how many people click certain pop up links and download a file by accident.Related to above. Mods. Most of the wow modding sites like curse are reputable, but you should still be very careful. Personally, I always manually install a mod. It may take longer, but it's worth it and you can check it out before doing anything. I would never, EVER, use a mod with an .exe file. That is really just asking to be hacked.- Change your password frequently or make a difficult one. I don't know anything about the Blizzard authenticator, but apparently it is a good investment.- Don't log on to your account on another computer. Some will argue this, because maybe you want to play at a friends or something? I only play WoW on my computer. You don't know whats on someone elses computer, so is it worth the risk? I live alone, but if you live at home or with someone, they could download something that seems harmless, but could have been infected with a keylogger.Simple stuff.
Another great way to avoid key-loggers and other virus-like threats: Do not use Internet Explorer.Most such threats are targetted at IE, and a lot of them can be avoided by simply not using it.Try one of: Firefox, Chrome, Opera or even Safari.All of which are far superior to IE in prettu much every way. (Arguably)Firefox also has a lot of addons that can help with security, such as NoScript and AddBlock.
I have been hacked and i recently got a message from one of the fake bliz scams in-game. i am overly cautious with my computer and i sweep daily. Also, if you have a friend who has been hacked.... don't log on wow on their computer.... bad idea.
All of these are fantastic tips but really for about $15 (not 100% sure on the price) you can get a blizzard authanticator and then no one is getting onto your account who doesn't have it. Every 30 seconds it generates a new code that only lasts for 2 minutes. When you login you need your normal username and password and then this code.
Only using a select few sites, not clicking any links until I can absolutely confirm that it's safe, and last but not least, the power of a virus scan once in a while.I've kept the same password for 2 years, no blizz authenticator, never once gotten hacked.
A coworker of mine apparently got his account hacked / characters deleted while he was on vacation last week. Through the conversation, I heard him say both "I thought it was because Blizzard found out I had bought gold in the past," and "I have no idea how this could have happened!"Seriously? You're just asking for it. All of the stories I've ever heard of people getting their accounts hacked lead back to them buying gold or leveling "services" or doing other similarly dumb things.Just get an authenticator. They're like five bucks. Or free as an iPhone app.
b.net accountssetting your account name as your email addressi think the problem has been located...seriously though, blizzards really been lacking on, well everything.the security is a joke. we see it daily now, the gold spammers dropping corpses to display their ads, the miners in wintergrasp flying around or walking under ground, the constant speed hackers... i think blizzards just not doing much anymore or setting up for a big mass ban.