Well here we are a beautiful Monday evening and not a thing to do. All of my kinnies are running around slaughtering Bargheists and Wraiths while I’m playing solitaire on my laptop. Why? Compromised accounts that’s why! In today’s episode we’re going to learn all about account safety and how to make sure you don’t get your account banned like I did today. Also don’t back your cars into poles, did that today too. Don’t freeze your air conditioners into blocks of ice or upset your internet service provider. Don’t do anything I did today basically.
First and Foremost!
Do NOT give your password or user name to ANYONE. Not even people you trust.
Your password is basically the key and your user name is the lock. I know it’s obvious not to tell anyone your password but it is just as important to not let people know your user name. Your user name and password are like two pieces of a puzzle. If you give out your user name you are simply making things easier for anyone who wants into your account.
Scan your computer for spy ware!
It is best to scan using multiple programs in order to provide a wider base of protection. Some programs may not detect malware (viruses, spy ware, ad ware, and gray ware) that another program would! There are many many free programs out there that can suit this need! I personally prefer http:\\www.filehippo.com for all of my free software. This website offers a wide range of reliable and trustworthy programs (mostly free) for everything from computer maintenance and anti-virus to web browsers and DVD-burners. If you feel your account has been compromised the first step you should take is to run at least one anti-virus program and at least two anti-spy ware programs on your computer before changing any account information.
Choose a strong password!
Never write your password down!
A password that I recommend to many of the people I work with is No Access. You can turn this simple phrase into a very secure password with a variety of methods. Adding symbols, replacing letters with numbers, and mixing up capitalization all make for a very strong password.
The more detailed the better as long as you can remember it without writing it down!
Remember these easy steps and your days of unencumbered account access will be long and joyous. I just got an e-mail from myself that I did not send today. As you can see I have not been safe with my computer. Here are a few links to check out if you would like some more information.
Turbine’s Account Security FAQ:
Blizzard’s Account Security FAQ: