I thought I would share this post with you guys that I recently posted on another games website. I thought it was worthy to share with just about anyone whos an MMO gamer. Hopefully Wildstar will offer a two-factor authentication system at release and we wont have many security issues to worry about. ================================================================ I thought I would post this in lieu of getting a suspicious friends request along with a link for a so-called "fan site" which appeared to be nothing but a data mine for possible account information. This happened here *edit* (not on wildstar central), and I saw that many posters on this board friended this person and possibly created accounts on the page they were given. Many of you do not realize this, but account security breaches for MMO's happen at many different stages and many times it happens before a game is even released. Often people are confused on how their account was compromised since they claim they never visit suspicious sites, dont use addons, dont share account information etc. The key they are missing is they always think in the present tense. Heres an example: You have a world of warcraft account with an authenticator. You're also a long time member of a Lineage 2 fansite using the same information you use for your login information and since forgot you even belonged to the site. The fan site is compromised, your account info is mined and is added to a database for accessing world of warcraft accounts. The database is then used by an "anonymous" to compromise your account, but cannot compromise the account because it has an authenticator. A year or two passes, you're completely clueless this information is out there or that you're wow account even had an attempt on it. You then subscribe to Rift and the account information mined from the lineage 2 website is attempted on this new MMO and they score. You're suddenly confused because you have never been fished, dont use addons, dont share you account information etc. You can replace the above fansite hack with a previous fish attempt for a completely unrelated MMO. The point I'm trying to make is more times than not, the account is compromised a long time before the game you are currently playing was even released. You just made the poor decision to re-use account information that you think is secure because it was never compromised previously. This actually happened in Rift to a lot of people prior to coin locks and authenticators. So just be wise, just because you think your accounts are secure it just may be that they havnt been able to breach it. The account information may still be out there just waiting for the next MMO to be released without a two factor authentication system in place.