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#1 Nov 16 2010 at 3:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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This is an important notice regarding usage of Square Enix accounts and passwords. We would like to ask that you please take the following precautions to avoid losing or letting a third party get hold of your account information.

* Do not use passwords consisting of repeating characters, your telephone number, your birthday, or anything else that might be guessed.
* Change your password regularly.
* Do not use the same password that you use for other online services. (Any single service being compromised could lead to others being compromised as well)
* Do not use any programs that might load malware onto your computer.
* Do not open any suspicious emails or files and avoid accessing any suspicious web sites.

Using a security token with your Square Enix account will dramatically increase your defense against unauthorized access and we highly recommend their use for any customers not already using them.

To learn more about security tokens, please visit the following page:
http://www.square-enix.com/na/account/otp/

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us protect your personal information and data.



Pretty basic info for advanced users, but still, good to know nonetheless and a good faith effort on SE's part. I'd like to second the suggestion to use security tokens. That's a major step towards securing your account.

I remember seeing a lot of threads pop up over the years on the XI boards about people's accounts being hacked. It's not fun. Having your game account hacked, after having potentially put years of hard work and effort into it feels no different than having something dear to you stolen in RL.
I've had my UO account hacked back in the day, and believe me, it was a loss. Just recently my EQ2 account was compromised. Still waiting to get my account un-banned so that I can see what the damage was.

Take this advice, people. No computer security is ever 100% secure.

Edited, Nov 16th 2010 1:46am by Osarion
#2 Nov 16 2010 at 3:45 AM Rating: Decent
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Um, I'll take "common sense" for $100, Alex.
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#3 Nov 16 2010 at 3:49 AM Rating: Excellent
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Um, I'll take "common sense" for $100, Alex.


It's easy to be glib about this sort of thing for most of us on the boards. I'd venture that the vast majority of "usuals" here are fairly advanced computer users. But not everyone out there has the experience that a lot of us do that would make this sort of thing second nature.
#4 Nov 16 2010 at 3:51 AM Rating: Good
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Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Zorvan wrote:
Um, I'll take "common sense" for $100, Alex.


It's easy to be glib about this sort of thing for most of us on the boards. I'd venture that the vast majority of "usuals" here are fairly advanced computer users. But not everyone out there has the experience that a lot of us do that would make this sort of thing second nature.


I know. But I had to throw a rib in there somehow.XD
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#5 Nov 16 2010 at 5:03 AM Rating: Good
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With the influx of new people to the boards, it's actually a good time to post this info. I've noticed that some are less than computer literate.
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#6 Nov 16 2010 at 4:23 PM Rating: Good
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I think it's good advice that needs to be given out more regularly.

Even the most computer literate people fall victim to habit and ease.
#7 Nov 16 2010 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
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no account is safe

my wow account was hacked, and i had a password that was something along the lines of this "G*!kdHam.#"
now tell me how they got that? i wasnt keylogged, was perfectly safe in everything i did, but even with a wierd password like that, the account was compromised.

after all, some of these places have a direct line into the gameside computers to get this info now.....
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#8 Nov 16 2010 at 6:51 PM Rating: Good
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Using a single GPU, people have been able to break Windows XP passwords up to 26 characters long, including ones with special characters, in 10 minutes.
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#9 Nov 16 2010 at 6:51 PM Rating: Good
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My WoW account was stolen despite having valid and up to date AV software, AS software, and s complext password containing more than two each of capital letters, lower case letters, symbols, and numbers. For the same of argument, let's say my password was something like F1n@lF4nT@$y. Nearly all of my passwords are equally as complex out of habit.
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It isn't the Windows XP thing, I'll still look for that article, but here's one for WiFi:

http://hothardware.com/News/GPUs-Used-to-Successfully-Guess-WiFi-Passwords/
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#11 Nov 16 2010 at 7:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Some stuff


You said something?

I was too busy staring at Ser Didymus!

Edited, Nov 16th 2010 8:03pm by StrijderVechter
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Gadhelyn wrote:
It isn't the Windows XP thing, I'll still look for that article, but here's one for WiFi:

http://hothardware.com/News/GPUs-Used-to-Successfully-Guess-WiFi-Passwords/


Wi-fi is surprisingly easy. 90% ( yes, pulled out of my *** but I'm betting it's closer than not) of people use the default settings on their modems/routers, including access username/password.

I know 3 out of 4 of my neighbors do.;)
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#13 Nov 16 2010 at 9:28 PM Rating: Good
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I'd assume they'd use something harder than default.
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