Recently, gaining player accounts from websites is big business and a number of sites have been hit recently causing a spike in security measures being implemented across the web.
Dota 2 forums, Epic Games including the Unreal Engine forum, Funcom forums, Clash of Kings forums and more have all been hit. In just those instances, over 9 million sets of credentials have been taken. Combine that with the likes of LinkedIN, Adobe, Yahoo!, Tumblr and Ashley Madison in the past, there are billions of account details out there.
Using the same email and password combination across sites is always risky, now it is something to be concerned about as it is possible your details are being sold on and making the attackers money.
Good account security tips include:
- Use different passwords between different sites
- Try to use passwords with at least 12 characters.
- A phrase is just as effective as a complex password
- If you use a complex password, try to use letters, numbers and special characters like @#$%^&*()!
- If you are no good at remembering passwords try services like LastPass
- LastPass can generate complex passwords, store credentials securely and is available as a stand-alone installation or an extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Mobile. Some sites allow LastPass to change your login on your behalf when you select to do so meaning you can manage your accounts from one secure location. They even have a Free level while Premium is just $12 per year.
- Enable two-factor authentication where possible – Electronic Arts and Origin, Microsoft including Xbox and recently Sony’s PlayStation all offer this option.
- Most offer the option to use an app on your phone to generate codes as well as options to text you codes
- Sony will send you an SMS to your phone with a one-time use code
- Change your password frequently
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