As you visit with your fellow YoVillians in the game and on the forums, it seems there is a lot of talk of problems with security in our town. It seems that someone gets hacked or knows someone that got hacked on a daily basis. Almost daily there have been scams or someone trying to pull a new scam. These are serious concerns for YoVille residents who work hard to collect and save their YoCoins. Knowing how to protect yourself is important, but practicing these security measures is even more important.
Let’s have a quick refresher on ways you can protect yourself from being hacked. First and foremost, NEVER give your log in info to anyone for any reason. Second, keep a lookout on your social network account to make sure no strange e-mail addresses are attached to your account. Zynga has listed these and several other ways to protect your information and your YoVille account. Read what they say here. Follow the directions they have listed in order to make sure you are safe!
We all use a social network to get here. Remember that you need to protect yourself there as well, whether you are on Facebook or MySpace. Use simple precautions to save a world of trouble. Don’t publish your e-mail for everyone to see. Keep your personal information private. Your birthday doesn’t need to include your birth year. When making a password, don’t include your name or rely on the old standby passwords like “password” or “letmein”. Also, when adding friends make sure you know who you are linking to yourself. We all add strangers to be on our YoCrew but be smart and make sure they are at least a friend of a friend.
To protect yourself from being scammed in a trade with another player, there are 3 simple steps you can take. Make yourself familiar with them and practice safe trading techniques with every trade. Remember these and make sure you pass the info on to your friends and neighbors so they will be safe as well.
1) Always let the seller put the item in the tradebox before you put your coins in.
2) Hover your mouse over the item in the tradebox to read the full name of the item you are buying.
3) Once you are satisfied that you are getting what you expected, put your coins in the tradebox and click ‘Agree’.
The scams in YoVille are constant and never ending. Stay on top of the breaking news by checking YoRehab articles for the latest information. You can go to this link and type in ‘scam’, ‘security’, ‘hacking’, ‘trade’ or any other subject you are interested in. The article archives are there for you to use any time you would like. Additionally, here is a link to the most recent scam alerts. Reviewing them to make sure you haven’t missed one might just save you a ton of problems down the road.
Agent Plat wrote a wonderful article on security. The information included is priceless and worth a review. Please take a moment to read the article again. Here is the link to get there.
With a few precautions and extra care, your time in YoVille can be very fun and rewarding. Avoid potential problems by being cautious and know how to protect yourself. Like with anything worth protecting, your account needs a safety review every now and then.
Have you ever been hacked? Do you know how the hacker managed to get your info? What about being the victim of a scam? What could you have done to prevent it? We would love to hear from you below!