A friend’s brother had his account hacked early this morning. She filled me in on the details via e-mail. The person didn’t even use the Justice or Valor Points he had built up and also didn’t touch the guild bank despite the toons having access to 50 stacks a day. She thought he was relatively new to hacking and I argue that while the points is baffling, not touching the guild bank is actually smart. It draws less attention to what you’re doing.
But how to hack an account isn’t what I’m looking to discuss. This is actually the sixth or seventh person I know that has been hacked since the beginning of December. Heck, our guild had five, including 3 people in the same day who happen to have nothing in common and don’t live anywhere near one another. One’s not even in the same country as the other two.
When you do get hacked, what’s the first thing people tell you to do? That’s right. “Get an authenticator.” Well guess what, my wife has one and at one point stopped playing and her account was still hacked. I’m not saying it doesn’t work, simply that it isn’t foolproof.
Changing your password frequently is another solid step. Also, I’m a firm believer in not using Curse Client or something similar (or getting a patch from an unfamiliar website). Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Curse. The content on their website is solid and I wouldn’t believe for a second any of their downloads are malicious. But I do have serious concern over having an open client running in the background of my computer. That’s why I always recommend manually installing addons. Is it slightly more tedious? For some, it certainly is. But it beats a possible culprit, right?
The thing of it is, I might be right and I might be wrong about that. I’m not a computer expert by any stretch of the imagination. But what I am (and I really debated saying this) is someone who has never been hacked. Not once ( I’ve screwed up a computer or two on my own just fine). Even before I switched to Linux, though I do feel more confident without a Windows OS. I’m not trying to brag, because in all honesty it’s probably just dumb luck and someone reading this is now going to make it their personal goal to throw it back in my face. So maybe for me it really is not “if” but “when.” I just feel I am doing something right because not only am I in the minority of people I know as I’ve not been hacked…I’ve also done it without an authenticator.
I don’t know if I was all tinfoil hat when they were first introduced but to me it sounded like Windows offering anti-virus protection or some of those fictional conspiracy movies where a pharmaceutical introduces a virus that their drug can cure…all as a means to make money. Yeah, seems a bit far-fetched but in the modern world there’s far too much greed to completely disbelieve the notion. You get the idea. As I said, it was just one of those thoughts I had.
Anyway, over time I just never bothered with it. I’ve just done what I can to not compromise my computer despite running torrents and other various “yar” type activities and my World of Warcraft account hasn’t been compromised as such. That I’ve seen authenticator accounts get hacked does nothing to convince me to change my way of doing things either.
I guess that leaves me with the question of what you think? Do you use an authenticator? Does it make you feel secure about your account? Do you think it is dumb luck in my case? I’d really love to hear thoughts on the matter.