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    ACCOUNT SECURITY

    INTRODUCTION
    Hello and welcome to my thread on account security. The sole purpose of this thread is to make awareness of account breaches and how you can prevent being a victim. People all around the globe are affected by account breaches every day and the same principle is applied to Growtopia accounts as well. That is why it is so important to keep all of your accounts safe. Hopefully, by the end of reading this thread, you'll become a wizard of account security. If you are already a wizard of keeping your account secured, then you don't really have to read this thread.

    Firstly, we will go through the very basics of account security and as we go deeper into this thread, the methods and actions to keeping your account safe will become much more "advanced".



    THE PASSWORD
    Coming up with a strong, effective password is one of the many possible ways you can prevent being hacked. However, using a common word or password increases the chance of your account being compromised. Simply having your password as 123 or Hello is a very easy way to lose your account. Therefore, it is best if you come up with a unique password that has uncommon terms and numbers added to it. This principle also goes for many other services you may sign up for. You also must ensure that you have an extremely strong password set for your email account as you use your email to manage the accounts you sign up for. Without access to your email that is linked to your account, you cannot:


    • Confirm that you're the real owner of your account
    • Change your password
    • Change the email of that account


    *If you have an email, make sure that your email account has an extremely strong password!

    DIFFERENT ACCOUNT, DIFFERENT PASSWORD
    When using different sites that you sign up to, it is essential that you use a different password for each account you make. There is a reason why you are told to use a different password for each account you make and we will go more in-depth into that very shortly.

    *If you have an email, make sure that it is completely different from the other services you are signed up to!

    FREQUENTLY CHANGE PASSWORDS
    This can be an alternative to having to change your password for each account you make but it can still be risky to do. Simply changing your password once in a while can make a big difference in protecting your account. Typical password changes can be once every couple of months, half a year, a year or even two years. However, there is a more in-depth reason as to why you should frequently change your password.

    ENABLE AAP
    Enabling AAP (Additional Account Protection) on your account essentially adds another layer of security to your account. This makes it so that you have to manually add IPs (Internet Protocols) to your account otherwise people who try to play on your account without an authorized IP simply won't be able to log into your account.

    ENABLE 2FA
    This mainly goes for the service which gives you access to your email (such as Google or Hotmail). Your email is very important to keep your accounts secure. Therefore, if you do have a mobile phone with a mobile phone number; it is strongly recommended that you enable 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) to your account for additional security.

    DATA BREACHES
    We live in a dangerous digital world where breaches are a common problem within companies. Nearly 1 billion people are affected by data breaches yearly! That is why keeping passwords different and changed are essential to keeping your account secure. Data breaches can reveal all sorts of personal data such as emails and even passwords so that is why it is essential to keep your passwords different for the many different services you may use. Data breaches could mean that your account details could be days and if not, months away from being entered by someone with ill intentions. If you keep your passwords the same throughout the services you use, the breacher only has to use the password and the email he got from the company and he could be into your email account in seconds. However, with 2FA enabled, it will be essentially impossible for the breacher to enter your account unless if they had your phone.

    There is a website that provides information on companies that have been breached. By entering your email, you also get further information on if your credentials have been leaked or not for services in which you have used that email for. If you are interested in this, the site is: https://haveibeenpwned.com/

    On the last note, if you do not want to use that site, companies may even notify you if they have been breached. As soon as you are aware that a company has been breached and you know that you have an account on that service. Change your account password immediately!

    Thanks for reading this thread and be sure to stay safe!

    Coming soon:

    • AVOIDING ACCOUNT BREACHES

    - Social Engineering (Thanks to Bobotov for suggesting this)
    - Phishing scams
    - Keeping your password to yourself
    - Not downloading anything suspicious or malicious

    Feel like something is missing? Be sure to reply to this thread or direct message me and we can discuss it

    I definitely will be adding more to this soon!
    Last edited by Jamie Whenman; 12-16-2019 at 03:27 PM.
    Stay safe from the coronavirus!

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    A very useful, well-detailed and thoughtful thread.
    Impressed me again Jamie
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    10/10 thread! Thanks op!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokekid123 View Post
    A very useful, well-detailed and thoughtful thread.
    Impressed me again Jamie
    Thanks for the kind words

    Quote Originally Posted by Crunchyy View Post
    10/10 thread! Thanks op!
    You're welcome
    Stay safe from the coronavirus!

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    Thanks for the shoutout. I will share more when I can, specifically about malware or networking attacks.

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