One of the worst things that can happen to you is to have your account stolen. You feel violated and more than likely have an uphill battle ahead of you to get you’re your account back. And, if you do, you may never get all of your gear or gold back.
I’ve been playing MMOs for a few years now and I’ve been lucky enough to never get a keylogger or trojan on my system. I don’t go crazy with security programs or get extra paranoid when I’m surfing the internet. I just know a few fundamentals and run a little lightweight software in the background.
When considering how to secure my computer, my most important software considerations are that the programs are free, reliable, lightweight, and easily shut down. The idea behind this may be a little antiquated in today’s RAM world but it’s served me well. The premise is that the less RAM my security programs use, the faster my computer runs. Likewise, I like the ability to shut the programs down through the task manager when I boot up my favorite MMO, allowing the game to have access to as much memory as possible.
My goal today is to help you secure your accounts and rid yourself of a little stress when you’re browsing or downloading. I can’t guarantee you’ll never get logged. If you’re not doing anything to secure yourself though, or even very little, I can guarantee that you’ll be better off after working through this guide.