There are a lot of ways to compromise your personal information any more. And I've been reading a lot of Central threads lately regarding hacked accounts that were unfairly banned. Maybe one person wasn't telling the whole story, sure, but all these threads would just be too many coincidences. I believe in treating the problem at the source - keeping our accounts secure.
There are definitely some people with some impressive computer-manipulating abilities. If they decide they don't like you in-game, they may take your account. But that's not usually the case. Most of the time, getting hacked is made possible by something we have done. Here's what you need to do to keep your account safe.
If you suspect that you have a key logging problem, run a scan with your anti-virus software. If you already have a program, use that one. Several are inexpensive. If you don't have the money, there are also some decent free ones. Keep in mind that having multiple anti-virus programs is not recommended, as they are usually competing against each other on the computer.
Of course, this mind, you do have to remember what you put - use something simple, but unrelated to the question. If in doubt, write it down and put it somewhere safe.
3. Don't log in to any computer that's not yours, and don't log on using a Wi-Fi network you don't trustKingsIsle has made one thing clear... or rather, completely unclear, and players on Central have clarified. You are guilty by association. So if you use a public computer, and someone else logs in and commits an offense there, you account will be banned as well.
Oftentimes, a computer lets you choose what kind of a network you've just connected to - with options of Home, Office, or Public. If it's public, pick that option. And be sure not to log into the game there - you never know who's lurking. Don't log into either website as well.
And it may seem like you can trust these people, but you just never know. It's not worth the risk.
Here's another thing to watch for if you're a website owner. Be sure to pay the extra to protect your information when buying a domain or buy through someone like Google who will do that for you automatically. Otherwise, your personal name and address could be online... without you ever having typed it in! Be careful what you share!
That's dangerous - what if they follow something you aren't aware of, or tweet potentially hurtful messages. People tend to hold you responsible for your accounts, so keep them on lock down... and out of the hands of people who'd misuse them.
10. Remember... hacking in its most potent form is the skill of tricking people, not machinesIf you take all of the necessary precautions and work to keep your accounts safe, chances are that they'll stay that way. However, there are always exceptions and you can do everything by the book and still lose your account. That's why I'm pushing for additional security options for our KingsIsle accounts and those who choose to use them. I've opened up a Wizard101 Central thread HERE, a Pirate101 Central thread HERE, and a Pirate101 official forum thread HERE. I also submitted one for the Wizard101 official forum in the feedback section HERE, though it hasn't be approved yet.
Keep your accounts safe - it's too late to take precautions after your account has been hacked! Thanks for reading and see you in the Spiral!