This is part Public Service Announcement (PSA) and part Operation: Cheer Up/Comfort.
*sidetrack* I used to have a goofy little informal timeslot on my college radio station and I remember we were required to do a certain number of PSA's per show. Some were pre-recorded and some I had to read. However, the ones I read usually had an interesting twist of commentary attached.
Ok, back to the message. Security. Safety. The things we hold dear in the World of Warcraft include many things: our toons, our gear, out loot, our gold, our guildies, our friendships. We cherish these things and thus want to take care of our accounts. But sometimes, something bad happens. And bad people do Bad Things.
Yesterday we found out that one of our officers had his account hacked and that person cleaned house on him during the day, and grabbed a bunch of stuff from the guild bank as well. A couple guildies took notice of the unusual emptyness of the guild bank (even after I reorganized it on Saturday!) and looked at the logs. The logs were full of “unknown withdrew <insert goodies here>.” Of course, Bad People aren't always smart. A fellow guildie noticed that many of the items taken were recently listed on the auction house and all by the same toon. Screenshots were taken and the information shared on our forums. Another guildie initiated contact with Blizzard in-game.
So I wanted to offer this little poem to my fellow officer:
But your friends will help you rebuild and regain all that sevenfold.
Please don't despair, even though the hack was quite unfair.
Blizzard is working to patch you up as good as new
And you know I'll have a hug waiting for you!
Oh right. PSA. (If they are ever in stock…) Keep an eye out for one of these badboys. I know I would like one. Even if you are careful with changing passwords and all that (which everyone should do anyway), these are a great way to keep your toons safe when they are at home alone.
Image courtesy of RobertFrancis.
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