Lately the forums have been rampant with threads regarding getting hacked. Whether it’s people who have been hacked or people seeking advice on how not to get hacked, everyone is worried it seems. And of course, why shouldn’t we be? No one wants to loose everything they’ve been working on in-game. Here, I’ll be laying out some advice on keeping your LOTRO account secure.
First, let’s get some basics out there: Don’t go to questionable sites! Sapience recently posted in a thread saying that as an increase of gold selling/buying hits, so too does the increase of hacked accounts:
For those curious, you may want to do some nternet searches to find some potential reasons for the spikes you are seeing in compromised accounts. One reason (though not the only one), which is unfortunate but only all too true, is that gold buying spikes around the holidays and copromised accounts spikes right along with it.
As we should all know, buying gold is a bannable offense in LOTRO — SO DON’T DO IT! That should seem like common sense, but there wouldn’t be a market for it if people didn’t keep doing it.
In the same vein, don’t click on links you aren’t sure about. If you get an e-mail that says something like “Hey! Look! Sale on Turbine Points! Click here!”, don’t. Even if it turns out to be a legitimate Turbine e-mail, just go to the official LOTRO site and look for the sale there. Furthermore, keep the LOTRO site (http://www.lotro.com) in your bookmarks. That way you can always be sure you are going to the 100% approved and official site and not some look-alike site.
Now, passwords. Here, Sapience has advice on passwords:
As Patience noted earlier and I have said several times, you would do well to double and triple check your usernames and passwords and keep them safe by changing them often.
This seems like good advice, especially seeing as it comes from the main community moderator. The true importance lies in making a strong password.