Internet and Hacking Safety

Blue2: Staff-Hurricanex has asked me to notify all staff that he is working on the Leader Profiles page and to request that no one make any edits to the page, as this could mess up the format. Also, he has said he will take care of updating that page from now on. On an entirely unrelated note, great post Shab. 🙂

If you look at this and believe it, this post is for you…

Hacking is becoming more prevalent in the army community and so is doxing. Many of the newer/younger soldiers, in both experience and age, are easily susceptible to these attacks and there really is no army that has made a big deal about teaching their soldiers some safety tips or educated their soldiers about what to do.

First on my list is hacking threats. There are hacking threats on armies or chats or people all the time. Each one should be taken seriously but don’t freak out.

Freaking out won’t do anything for you but panic other people and cause general chaos. Instead,  tell a leader, find out if the hacker is from an army, and try to figure out if the hacking threat is  real or not. Try to follow the safety tips I’ll outline later on in this post. In general, acting instead  of freaking out will give you a chance to avoid being hacked, if the hacking threat is real.

If a site is hacked, well, theres nothing you can do about it unless you are the owner of the site.  Try to email wordpress and explain the situation. They may be able to get your site back. Plus  the site creator can always regain control of the site by contacting wordpress if they are  removed or unadmined.

If your chat is hacked, don’t go running to another chat, especially if that other chat’s link is  given on main chat. Its counter-productive and makes no sense at all. If a hacker is already on  the chat, they they’ll just see the link and follow if they want to. Instead, just go offline for an  hour or so. You won’t be tempted to challenge the hacker or get them irritated. I know, running  away seems like a stupid idea but what else can you do?

Try to at least get the person’s registered name [if they’re logged in] and their xat id number. You get these by clicking on their name and they are located:

You can then report that person to xat. It probably won’t do anything, but its something. It sometimes can help the owners identify the person to see if they can negotiate with them.

For scamming, do the same thing. Get the person’s xat ID number if not also their registered name. Then report that to xat along with reporting it to your leader. If they are doing their job right, they will ban that person forever on their chat and try to search for them to see if they can get your powers back [not likely, but people sometimes get lucky].

Known Scams:

  • Double Your Powers
  • Double Your Xats/Days
  • Get Rare Powers (Purple)
  • Free Powers
  • Free Xats/Days
  • CP Coin Codes
  • Selling Penguins
  • Make your Penguin a Beta
  • Free Memberships
  • Selling Memberships

Commonly these either will steal your account and take your xats/days/powers away. They may tell you to “go here and login” but usually thats a phishing site which will steal your username and password.

Basically, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you are questionable about something either don’t do it, ask a leader or main chat about what they think about it [make sure someone is on that you can rely on], or even ask your parents.

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Doxing

Doxing: When a person’s personal information is made available for all users to see or just found out and used for blackmail

Doxing is increasing mainly due to the fact that personal info is more easily found on the internet. For example Facebook is one of the main privacy leaks and the easiest way to figure out a person’s real name or even where they live.

Here are some tips to help keep yourself safe:

Facebook/MySpace [if anyone actually uses that anymore] Tips

  • Use a different email for your facebook than you use for your wordpress account or that you normally give out to people
  • Make sure you have privacy settings for your facebook. You shouldn’t let people see too much info, or any at all, unless they are at least friends of friends. Even safer is to make everything only viewable to friends.
  • You may want to change the search settings so that only people that know your email can find you, or that once again, only friends of friends can find you.

Other Online Tips

  • Do not give anyone your real name, facebook email, password, or personal information. You never know who they will tell, especially if they get mad at you
  • Unless you are okay with having people know what you look like, or are okay with people being able to use your picture to search for your facebook [there are image searching sites and firefox/chrome applications that allow you to take a picture and search for other copies of it] don’t have any picture of yourself as your xat icon, and don’t give your picture out to anyone
  • If you have a photobucket, make sure that it is private if you have pictures you don’t want people to see. If you do care, make the entire album private.
Keep your private stuff like this deadbold:

Use your head, don’t accept questionable deals, don’t give out personal info, watch out that you don’t use the same password for multiple things. I know, its hard and annoying, but even adding a different number or two after your usual password helps a lot.

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That brings me to my final topic: Passwords.

I can’t stress it enough, make sure you have a secure password for all of your accounts, especially the important ones.

Password Tips:

  • Include post letters and numbers interchanged
  • Try not to have “dictionary words.” Basically try to have a random set of letters, like cga57g. If your password is made up of all words you can search for in the dictionary and find, someone can get your password using a dictionary hack.
  • Make sure your password is long, about 15 characters in length. Otherwise, a hacker could use a brute force hack to get into your account.
  • Spaces help, a lot. Even if your password is “theacp”, making it “the acp”, will increase the strength of it ten-fold.
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts. Put a different number or symbol for each account added onto a base password if you can’t remember different passwords. For example, “theacp” could turn into: theacp1,[email protected], the*acp, theacp!, etc…….
  • Never enter your password into a page someone links you to, it may be a phishing site. Instead, make sure you go to the correct web page to be certain that your account information is secure.
I ask that all army leaders post a version of this, or this post, on their site to make sure that their soldiers read it. If you want to use this post, go ahead. Just please credit CPAC and myself somewhere.

Be Safe

~Shaboomboom

If you liked this post, you’ll love reading some other posts of mine:

Scamming & Scamming Safety

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

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30 Responses

  1. :O

  2. I like it. BTW, Shab, another thing you could do in the future is to format your pictures in line with the text, like I did on my recent FW Turns to Ninjas post. Just click on the picture, click on the format picture icon in the upper left hand corner, and click alignment left or right. Then, just drag the picture around until it looks good.

  3. I love to eat monkeys.
    Most of the time, my comments are pointless.

  4. Okay,1 person hacked my email and bought a credit card with my name on it!
    then,Black thunder was supposed to give me 90000 xats for my fav powers because I looked beautiful (I showed a picture of myself to him)
    Then i asked him yesterday and he said NO and said I was an ugly turd!
    I hate xat and why would I go on it? why would people do this?

  5. Shab, also locking your xat account does help, as it makes it harder for hackers to get in.

    😉

  6. 6th! Oh, and nice post Shab.

  7. Nice Post!

  8. Nice post Shab, lol I can’t wait for Khimo to see this xD

  9. Khimo is a very bad boy.

  10. Another thing you can do is not have people thats on chat be friends with you on FB(Because you never know who the person is, unless you know them besides just on chat or cp) I never add people I don’t actually know, even If I know them really good on chat/CP

    ~Shad~

  11. Cool post!

  12. 1. DONT FORGET http://ic3.gov to Report scamming/ Hacking!

    2. DCP IS BACK!!!!

  13. thx bro

  14. Why post this when hackers are mods on ACP Chat?

  15. Ily Shab 🙁

  16. myspace is considered a virus Lol

  17. nice safety post shab

  18. Okay where are the rest of the authors, the only people I see posting are Woton, Shab, and Blue2…

  19. Ok i reported Khimooooo to xat nd the police. did i do a gud job Shab?

    • Why the heck would you do that. (Even though u didnt) Some ppl hack and laugh sorta like my friend who calls random ppl fatties and laughs his ass off with his friends who are just like him. 95% of the ppl at my school are idiots.

  20. SHAB I’M SUEING YOU YOU USED A PIC OF ME WITHOUT ASKING MEH!!!!11!SHIFT!!111!

  21. Good post. Hopefully people won’t be so panicky and stupid. The good thing is, 95% of all hacking threats are fake.

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