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Posted: Dec 9th 2010 5:43PM Dromoxy said

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I heard security tokens/authenticators work pretty well.

Posted: Dec 9th 2010 6:20PM (Unverified) said

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I recent;y went into my AION account after being away from the game for a couple months and I've got to say this new security feature is rather ingenious and almost completely unobtrusive. It's not full proof obviously but it does make it MUCH more secure.

Posted: Dec 9th 2010 9:46PM fauxcivility said

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It's a little bit annoying, but I guess if there's really that big of an issue it's necessary...

Posted: Dec 9th 2010 10:22PM DemonXaphan said

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about time they did something like this to discourage the hackers that ruin the game for gamers. Can't wait til they implement this type of security in L2 also.

Posted: Dec 10th 2010 12:42AM Soviet Shaman said

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I don't know how it happen. But my NCsoft master account got hacked and banned when I quit Aion. I do a virus scan once a week and always empty my temp files out. Took me about 3 days but NCsoft did give my master and sub accounts back to me saying it was their fault in some way, but wouldn't give details.

The only sites I ever really frequent is this, mmohut, my google main page, FB, and lol cats. I hope they figured out how Master Accounts got hacked.

Posted: Dec 10th 2010 11:17AM Icemasta said

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@Soviet Shaman
Getting hit by a trojan is really rare. They are generally embedded into hack tools that people download and that's how they get keylogged.

There are 3 types of keylog/hack/phish that get people the most:
1) Adobe flash exploit. There is an exploit in the Adobe flash platform that allows the attacker to launch a script that will read through cookies and information of your log sessions and will remain active until you reboot. It's basically a stealth virus that is dumped the moment you turn off your computer and it gets dumped off the memory. Most antivirus can't detect it. For instance, I got my WoW account "hacked" because I was curious at what a phishing website looked like, even though I didn't enter my information, I wasn't aware that the page executed a small flash software and when I logged into battle.net, it got my password.

2) Similar password and other websites. For instance, mmo-champions was compromised a couple months ago through ads exploit. Once again, they use #1, a stealth adobe flash executable that will launch and try to look up through your cookies and temp files. Also, if you use the same password for everything, sometimes they'll be really bored and try to hit different games with the same name/password combination. Another example that happened to me, 6 months after my WoW account was hacked, my Sony station was hacked. I hadn't touched it in 3 years, and I received a nice e-mail telling me someone had re-activated my account.

3) Unsafe gaming: Places that offer LAN services, playing on unprotected wireless routers, and in extreme cases a corrupted node (A node is a server jump that leads you to your targeted destination). The most obvious one is the LAN services. Once again, from experience, when I was a teenager I used to go LANing with friends to play Counter-strike, one day, I woke up to find out that someone had stolen my Gamespy ID. Turns out most of the computers there had been keylogged.

And about unprotected wireless, never ever ever connect to one. Most of them are not dangerous, but you're still sending unencrypted data through the air + anyone could be monitor all the packets you're sending through and logging your credit card information and shit like that.
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Posted: Dec 10th 2010 11:25PM Soviet Shaman said

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@Icemasta

Must have been an add on a website. I don't use the same password twice. I keep them all on a little paper hidden by my computer. Only things that go by my computer is myself and my cats. I don't share my information out with anyone, even how close and dear to me they are. I do most of my business and banking online so I treat my computer as if it was a safety deposit box.

Strange thing is they hacked my NCsoft account after I quit all their games. Only reason how I found out was I wanted to make sure everything was OK for GW2 since it will probably be through an NCsoft master account. Now I check on my master account once a week make sure it hasn't been re hacked.
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