Greetings everyone! I've seen quite a few threads coming across lately about getting hacked. This will be a comprehensive guide with many tips to keep you safe. Feel free to comment with any additional tips that I have not covered and I will add them with credit given. [Basic Account Safety] [Authenticators] As all of us have surely heard by now, authenticators are a great way to add an extra layer of security to your World of Warcraft account. Authenticators use an eight (8) digit numerical string that is refreshed every 30 seconds. This eight digit code is synced with your account. There are two different types of authenticators that you can use. You can purchase one from the - Blizzard store -for $6.50 USD. You can also use a mobile authenticator on your smartphone. [COLOR=black][SIZE=3]With the switch to Battle.net for World of Warcraft, login's went from accounts to email. The big mistake most people have is using their WoW login email for many other things. To stay safe, create a new email for the sole purpose of World of Warcraft. Choose a strong password.-[COLOR=red] [URL="http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Strong-Password"]How to create a strong password. [/URL][/COLOR] Most users are under the assumption that websites are always secure. While this is true in many aspects, some websites, such as fan sites for WoW use forums with databases that aren't secured well enough. Hackers break into these websites and steal the account and password tables. Create a seperate email for use with fansites and other related WoW activities that are related to the game, but not Blizzard specifically. [SIZE=4][COLOR=blue][Computer Security] [COLOR=black][SIZE=3]Keeping a clean and safe computer is essential to keeping your WoW account safe. There are 1,000,001 ways to get your computer infected with a trojan or other forms of malware designed to steal your account. [/SIZE][/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/SIZE][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][/SIZE][/SIZE][/COLOR][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE] [LIST] [*][SIZE=3][FONT=Tahoma]Don't browse website's you don't know or trust. Sketchy websites carry a large risk of being able to infect you.[/FONT][/SIZE] [*][SIZE=3][FONT=Tahoma]Use Firefox with No-Script installed and enabled. This add-on blocks pop-up's and scripts from being able to run without your permission.[/FONT][/SIZE] [*][SIZE=3][FONT=Tahoma]Use Anti-Virus and Mal-Ware programs, and use them often. Set up a daily scan of your computer to keep it clean. Use auto update with these programs. An out of date virus database does nothing to help you stay safe. New malware is produced on a daily basis.[/FONT][/SIZE] [*][SIZE=3][FONT=Tahoma]Keep your operating system up to date.[/FONT][/SIZE] [*][SIZE=3][FONT=Tahoma]Keep other programs up to date. Perfect example is Flash. I'm sure alot of you remember all the commotion in the Customer Service Forums about getting hacked from an un-patched hole in Adobe Flash.[/FONT][/SIZE] [/LIST] [COLOR=blue][SIZE=4][FONT=Tahoma][Phishing] [COLOR=black][SIZE=3]Phishing is a pretty big part of how alot of people get compromised. If you get an email from someone claiming to be Blizzard, take a deep breath and exhale. Now check the email for these few simple things. [/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR] [LIST] [*][SIZE=3][FONT=Tahoma]Where did the email come from? Sure, it's says it came from Blizzard, but where is it REALLY coming from? An email from a GM will look like [email]firstname.lastname@example.org. A fake email from a GM could look like email@example.com. Notice the difference? If you were freaked out and not paying attention, you might not. [*]Blizzard will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER ask you for your login credentials. EVER. PERIOD. END OF STORY. [*]Look for spelling and grammatical errors. "We have noticd you're account is envolved in wow trading wich in against the rules please send ur information and wait 30 days to contact us if you can't log in" I mean cmon, use your brain. [/LIST] [Conclusion] In conclusion, taking a few extra precautions can keep your account safe and help you keep a peace of mind when you're not logged in, knowing when you want to kick back and relax with a little World of Warcraft, your account will be waiting for you just the way you left it.