1st Dec 2009, 5:14 AM
:alarm: www.wow-christmas.com IS A SCAM!!! DO NOT GO THERE AND DO NOT SIGN IN!!! :alarm:
:!: How to identify this scam! :!:
you will get a whisper from a toon named "Blizzsk" that says "Hello, Christmas is approaching, and blizzard has released Christmas presents that players can receive free of charge. log in (website name here)"
DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE!
I unfortunetly fell for this and my account was hacked. Luckally blizzard identified the problem and suspended my account until wednsday. If you would like to contact me in game here is my info
Race: Night Elf
Class: Death Knight
Guild: Army Of Azeroth
2nd Dec 2009, 1:15 AM
Little tip for all MMO users. If there is any special offer or function or the like you are told about in a whisper and it requires you go to a site that is not the domain or subdomain of the MMO's official site then it is a scam.
For instance Champions Online's official site is http://www.champions-online.com/
If they ever have a competition or the like it will be under this domain or a subdomain like http://xmasscomp.champions-online.com/ but that is very unlikely. If you are unsure always check the official site. If there is no mention of the offer there then it is a scam.
5th Dec 2009, 4:00 PM
This is some thing from a game I play about being hacked.
A problem playerís face today in Tribal Wars is being hacked. Itís all too common, and all too easy to prevent. Following a few safety guidelines will eliminate any chance of someone infiltrating your precious account, the account you spend hours per day playing!
The first things many users do when they get hacked is panic, then try to place blame. Its your responsibility to keep you account safe, and there where the fault lies. Only you could prevent it.
What Do I Do Now?
think! What or who could have done it. Was it a friend, an enemy, a Phishing site, or some sort of program used to key-log you?
How Should I Know!
If you truly have no idea, you were more than likely key logged or phished. To prevent being key logged again, we suggest running through the following steps.
1. Virus Scan your computer to get rid of the key-logger, sometimes it will find them almost instantly.
2. Scan your system for Spy-Ware, these small bits of software are sometimes missed by the antivirus.
3. If you have any other privacy software RUN that too, check if you have a fire wall and that its set up properly.
4. Now its time to change your password, if you already have- then do it again. You need to change the password last due to the fact the key logger may still be logging key presses.
Fishing, On The Internet?
Phishing is a common way people get their details stolen online. Its done when the scammer makes a copy of a website but instead of loging you in they receive the details.
Itís very easy to not fall for this and some browsers even come with built in warning for the bigger sites.
So How Do I Avoid The Bait?
Itís simple, look in the address bar. Make sure itís the site youíre supposed to be on, if itís not.. Leave, itís that simple.
What If Itís Neither Of These?
There are many things it could be, some of the more common ones are:
∑ So called friends.
∑ Jealous Family members.
A Few Simple But Effective Tips
∑ A password is PRIVATE keep it that way!
∑ Make sure no one can see you typing in your password, cover the keyboard.
∑ Check the URL in the address bar, make sure your where you think you are.
∑ Use unique passwords for each site.
∑ Changing your password regularly will keep you ahead of the game.
∑ Easy to guess passwords cause problems, make it hard to guess but not hard to remember!
Free Software, You Donít Have An Excuse!
There are many free applications you can download to your computer to keep it and you safe, just make sure you download from trusted sources. Ask friends and family what they suggest, here are a few i think no computer should be without!
What You Need!
AVG Free (Anti-Virus) OR Avast (Anti-Virus)
Ad-aware (Adware detector)
Fire Fox (Browser) or Opera (Browser)
Free anti-virus programs:
Free anti-adware programs:
Ad-aware SE personal edition
Free spy-ware programs:
SpyBot S&D - Decent Anti-Spyware program
Safer Browsers Don't Use IE
There are also addons, you can search for these on their official sites.
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