How To Void Getting Hacked in World of Warcraft

How does a Battle.net account become compromised?

Hackers will prey on your trust, naivety and innocence to discover your log-in credentials. Accounts become compromised when somebody discovers your log-in details (username & password) to the account.

Account Sharing

You share your account details with somebody you “trust”. It’s against Blizzard’s Terms of Use to share your account details because it’s so risky. Your friend could pass your log-in details to one of his friends, and so forth. Before you know it, everyone knows your account details. There is also no way of knowing if your friend has a secure computer; his computer might be infected by a Trojan/keylogger which means your account is then exposed. You might also fall out with your friend one day and he could decide to “get even” with you by stealing your gold and transferring to another realm.

Power Leveling Services

You buy a power level handing over your username & password to a complete stranger. Power leveling services are usually bought, with real money, through a website, which is just another scam to get your log-in details and hard earned cash. Once you hand over your payment, and divulge your log-in details, your account will be stripped of all valuables and the gold will be “laundered” through other hacked accounts (this gold is usually sold onto gold buyers). Finally, they will delete your characters, so they know when you have the account back, to do it all over again.

Account Buying, Selling and Trading

You buy, sell or trade your account. “I will give you mine if you give me yours”, so to speak. Once you hand over your account details the account will most likely become compromised. The guy offering the trade might appear be really friendly and honest but you should not be drawn in by it. Remember, they prey on your innocence and trust. You may even buy a stolen account and it is likely the original owner will one day claim it back leaving you with nothing.

Fake Websites

You click a link to a fake website directing you to a website that resembles an official Blizzard/World of Warcraft site. Thinking it’s real, you log into the page using your account details, which is when your username and password are emailed to a 3rd party. A typical fake website would be where you receive a whisper in-game saying you have won a free Blizzard mount but you need to visit an obscure site to get the code for it.

Infected Files

You download a file that contains a Trojan/keylogger. This means whenever you press a key on your keyboard, the keystrokes are automatically recorded and transmitted to a 3rd party.

“No problem. I will just retrieve my password!”, I hear you say. I’m afraid it’s not that simple; If you are keylogged then you should expect the scammer has the ability to also log into to your email accounts (since he knows all usernames and passwords entered since the computer became infected). All he has to do is log into the World of Warcraft Account Management page, change the registered email on the account, and finally log into your email account to verify the email change. Now your account has a new registered email which you have no access to, rendering Password Retrievel useless.

Malicious Links

You see a weblink, usually posted on a forum, and you click it. The link sends you to a web page which has some kind of invisible script designed to infect your computer with a keylogger. This can be a real problem on popular forums, including the official World of Warcraft forums. Fortunately, the World of Warcraft forum moderation team are quick to remove malicious links. Beware of clicking links!

How Do I Secure My Battle.net Account?

Follow these simple steps and you can log into your Battle.net/World of Warcraft account with confidence.

Passwords – Common Sense

Use a strong, unique password for your Battle.net/WoW account. Make sure the password is different to any other passwords you might be using for your Facebook, Email, MSN accounts etc. Don’t use simple words like “dog” and NEVER use your account name as a password!

Good password: &e5PSW:QtdH%#

Bad Password: hello

If you ever forget your password or need to change it you can do so by using the Password Retrieval service on the official WoW website. A new random password will be sent to the registered email on the account.

Blizzard Authenticator

The Blizzard Authenticator is a great way to secure your Battle.net account. It’s a little device which you attach to your account through Account Management. Once attached, whenever you log into your Battle.net/World of Warcraft account, you will be asked for your username, password and a digitally generated code which you get by pressing the little button on the Blizzard Authenticator. Without that code you cannot log into your account. The cost of the Authenticator is $6.50/€6.00 and you can buy it from the online Blizzard Store.

Update:

There is a free Battle.net Mobile Authenticator available for your iPhone.

Anti-Virus Software

You should have good anti-virus software installed on your computer. Anti-virus software protects against infected files that might contain a Trojan or keylogger. I personally use ESET NOD32 which has always done a good job but there are many good alternatives on the market. If you don’t have the cash to invest in anti-virus software have a look at AVG Anti-Virus Free.

Once you have installed your new anti-virus software, and updated the virus definitions, go ahead and run a full system scan. You should also set the software to automatically run at least one full system scan per week (I prefer nightly), preferably when you know you will not be using your computer. Most anti-virus software have options to automate system scans; I have mine setup to run a full system scan every night at 04:00am.

Firefox and NoScript

I highly recommend switching from Microsoft Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox with the NoScript plugin. NoScript is a really cool plug-in that cuts the risk of being infected by a keylogger.

You may have been on a forum and seen someone posting a link to something that sounds really cool. You click the link and get keylogged instantly without actually knowing it. This is because hackers sometimes use hidden code, on web sites you visit, to infect your computer. NoScript is an extension, or add-on, for Fox which automatically blocks Javascript and Java from running. If you trust a website, you click the NoScript button and tell it to allow scripts either temporarily or permanently for that specific site. It’s great.

Flashblock

Flashblock is another add-on for Firefox which blocks all Flash content until you specifically allow the content to be viewed. This is useful for avoiding potential risks with infected Flash content.

Malware

Anti-virus software is NOT enough. You also need to download and install good anti-malware software because even the best anti-virus can sometimes have problems detecting and removing threats. I highly recommend Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware. Both are free and do a very good job.

Security Checklist

  • Buy the Blizzard Authenticator.
  • Install anti-virus software and keep it updated – scan regularly.
  • Choose a complex password.
  • Install Firefox and NoScript.
  • Pick good password – complex and unique.
  • Don’t Share your account with anyone.
  • Don’t buy power levelling services.
  • Don’t buy, sell or trade your account.
  • Check your browser status bar for masked links.
  • Use Windows Update regularly.
  • Install Flashblock for Firefox.
  • Install anti-malware software.
  • Don’t click links right away. Think before you click.
  • Treat every Blizzard email, which requests personal information, as fake.
  • Double check you’re on an official Blizzard website before entering any log-in details.
  • Make sure the log-in page is secure (https as opposed to http).

How to Carry Out Link Building For an Effective SEO Campaign

SEO or search engine optimization is all about enticing the search engine spiders rather than impressing human visitors who come to the site. Link building is one of the most profound methods of achieving this objective. Considering this as an advantage, several website owners and SEO experts implemented every possible way to build links and get more indexing. And then, Google unleashed Penguin and backed it up with a Penguin update. The web world went berserk with turmoil because highly ranked sites sank steadily in rankings and low ranked sites shot up SERPs. So, webmasters and SEO experts had to reboot their link building strategies because they now had to please a bigger and stricter taskmaster – the Penguin.

It is all about quality

In the post Penguin world, link building has to be all about quality of links for an effective SEO campaign. The new search engine algorithm considers the source of visitors. So, if visitors are directed to your website from other highly ranked websites that are relevant to your website niche, you receive a higher ranking. Quantity of links does not matter if you have a few inbound links from .edu, .gov, news based, business and other authoritative websites. These are the toughest to get. If you can crack a deal, you earn a lot of brownie points with the flightless bird.

It is organic all the way

Penguin loves the organic way of life. So, it insists on organic link building, which is a bone of contention among website owners. It is simply not possible to exist in the present world of excessive competition if you stand by and let nature take its course. At the same time, you cannot afford to antagonize with the Penguin. The best you can do is to take measures that can increase the possibility of getting organic links. Some ways are enhancing the quality of content on your website and guest blogging.

Optimize on social media

Sharing on social media can be considered as organic linking. So, the more people share your page, the more links you accumulate. Since Penguin likes websites to build links with the main intention of sharing information, optimizing on social media can be extremely helpful for scaling search engine ranks. Good ways to encourage sharing is to provide tutorials, video guides, podcasts, infographics and other information that your visitors will find worth sharing. These contribute to organic linking.

Diversity counts

You cannot run an effective link building campaign if you have a hundred links from a single high ranked website. You have to ensure diversity of links. You can see better results if you have fifty links from twenty five different websites. Many links from a single source are considered to be spammy and so, they are worthless.

Deep linking

Linking to the home page is not as valuable as linking to the internal pages of a website because the main informative content always lies in the inner pages. Try to get as many internal links as possible.

So, get set to satiate the Penguin. It is not tough, after all.

Link Building Services: Setting New Trends In Online Promotion

Variations are an inevitable part of our little world, and link-building services prove this fact all the more. We will hammer immediately on the issue. The web world revolves on concepts considerably different from our physical world. If such is the irony, marketers need to equip themselves with the revolutionized concepts and strategies of marketing. When most of the world prefers gaining knowledge and buying commodities and services online, marketing strategies have to adapt to the needs of today’s world. But how are marketers supposed to market their products and services online? Link building services provide them a firm solution here.

Let us breed familiarity with this new concept. Link building services are the new found mechanism of online promotion. The entire web world is encapsulated within the cocoon of search-engines. Search-engines like Google, Yahoo!, Bing and AltaVista recognize specific websites, while they disapprove some. We all must have witnessed some websites that are always displayed at the top or on the first page in search results. Others follow and some do not even appear in the results. What sets them atop?

Well, what makes some websites so special that they appear on the first page? It’s the magic of link building services that sets a website atop. Search engines, like Google, respect websites that are associated with high other prestigious websites through links. The process is called Back-linking. The website link, that has to be promoted, is introduced in the content. The more the number of such articles containing your link, greater the respect that your website earns in the eyes of search engines.

Link building services have a deep understanding of your requirement and high commitment. It’s not enough to introduce links in an article, it is equally imperative that they are submitted to the right places. It’s time we introduce you to yet another friend- Article Directories. They serve as a reservoir of articles, which contain links to websites. Link building services serve a double purpose. They compel you to write articles and introduce your link in the content, and they ensure submission of those articles to directories. This way, link building services establish your image as a knowledge provider and also increase your search engine ranking, simultaneously. Blogs are another favorite of companies providing link building services.

If you thought securing a good rank is an easy task, think again. Such services may help you grab a good rank, but they, in no way, assure you desired results. It takes months and years to get adequately recognized. Search engines are practical and intelligent; they witness patterns over months and years before acknowledging them. If the provider you intend to take link building services from does the tough task effectively, you will hit the bulls-eye.

These services, therefore, emerge as a savior to companies, but with a few risks. They are time-consuming and you may not necessarily emerge victorious in your endeavor. Go for the best content writing company in India. As a word of caution, do not forget that it is your content’s uniqueness that drives link building services to success.