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Account Security Guide





Table of Contents

Introduction
Runescape Security
Computer Security
Tips & Tricks



In this guide, we'll teach you good security practices not only for Runescape, but for the internet. You'll also learn a few cool tips & tricks to help you out. ;)




Runescape Security


Step 1 - A Strong Password


Whether this is your first Runescape account, or a current Runescape account, you need a good password. Sure, you could put down 'cabbage', and it may not be guessed. But eventually, you never know. You may regret putting down such an easy word.

Good practices when making passwords is to include capital/lowercase letters, and numbers. Try not to use common phrases, or anything obvious. If your password is going to be hard to remember, then you'll want to write it down. You can make a document on your computer (not recommended) or write it on a piece of paper. If you put it on your computer, it's at risk of accidentally being deleted, or stolen from a virus. If it's on paper, make sure it's somewhere only you know about & can always find.



Step 2 - Recovery Questions


Something very important are recovery questions. If you lose your account & you don't have an email setup, or can't access your email, these are a life saver. Make sure you write them down, or save them on a document on your computer. Again, writing them down is recommended.



Step 3 - Being Safe In-Game/On The Forums


Great, your account is setup and ready to go! Now, remember that while in-game & on the forums, never tell anyone your account information. Matter of fact, never tell anyone on the internet your account information! Even if they offer you levels or gold, it's a con. Even your best friend could be jealous of your account, and maybe take some gold off it, or even change the password! Always remember, no one should be asking for this information. If they are, report them.



Step 4 - Bank Pin


This is a relatively simple step. Simply talk to any bank teller in Runescape, and request a bank pin. Then you can enter it, and you must wait a short period of time for it to take effect. After it's active, your bank is safe. :)



Step 5 - In The Event That You Are Hacked


It's happened to the best of us... You attempt to log in & you get "Invalid username or password." Well, don't worry. If you're hacked, remain calm. First, if you have an email registered go to the recover an account page and use the email option. Simply type in your email, and a recovery email will be sent. If you do not have an email registered, you'll need to fill out a form with lots of questions to prove you are the owner. Be as specific as possible, so you can have your account back ASAP. Once recovered, if you have a bank pin all your stuff (minus what was in your inventory/what you were wearing) should be fine. :)




Computer Security


So, you're safe playing Runescape. That's very good! But, watch out, your account is still at risk. Viruses, trojans, malware, and more could be crawling your computer right now, messing/copying/deleting files, or duplicating themselves to prevent deletion. You need to be at the top of your game at all times.



Step 1 - Anti-Virus Programs


So, the easiest way to keep your computer clean is to get anti virus programs. You can purchase a paid one (which usually do a good job), and/or get Malwarebytes (link below). Malwarebytes is an amazing & free program that catches lots of Malware, and helps keep your computer clean. I HIGHLY recommend getting it. The only thing you have to lose is malware. ;)
Malwarebytes - Click Me



Step 2 - Browsing Safety


If you use Internet Explorer, that's an okay browser. However browsers like Google Chrome (google it :D), are much better. They're faster, and warn you of potentially fraudulent websites!

Also, when browsing please browse with caution. Certain sites could send malware into your computer, and you wont even know it! If it seems suspicious, don't risk it.



Step 3 - In The Event of a Virus


Should you ever think you have a virus, scan with every scanner you have on your computer. Then, go through files (like downloads) yourself to make sure that there's nothing suspicious. Be sure not to enter any sensitive information until you feel your computer is secure. If, after this you feel your computer is at risk try some other virus scanners (google them, but be careful!) or tell a parent/guardian. Best of luck!




Tips & Tricks


Be Careful When Providing Information - Certain websites & people may ask you for details you aren't comfortable with providing. If this is the case, close the window or stop talking to them. No one has a right to ask you for information that you shouldn't have to give. And, if you're worried/unsure be sure to ask a parent/guardian.

Suspicious = Bad - If any website/person seems suspicious to you, leave/don't talk to them. Is it really worth risking it?

All in all, the internet is a dangerous place. But, if you follow these tips you can enjoy it, and rarely have to worry about viruses/trojans/malware.

Don't Trust Everything - Sure, it may seem safe, but who knows?

Keep Software Up To Date - Your OS, your programs, and such should be kept up to date. That way if there was a security hole that was patched, you can be sure you're safe. :)

Best of luck, and remember to enjoy the internet!