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A Friendly Reminder Regarding Account Safety

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:13 PM


Recently, there has been a resurgence in Phishing attempts here on deviantART. These attempts are in general used to gain access to your personal information, passwords, email addresses, and in general, cause you grief by hijacking your account and using them to spam before deactivating. The most recent attempts are disguised as comments informing the intended target of somebody stealing their artwork and providing a link to the 'stolen artwork'. These links will take you to a 'deviantART' log-in page. If you encounter such a comment, do not enter your log-in credentials. You will never be logged out from following an in-site link.

As such, your friendly #Bronies Chat Mod Seven-Fates felt it would be pertinent to provide some friendly security reminders.
:bulletgreen:Any password you use on deviantART should not be repeated on your email address.
:bulletgreen:Passwords should not be relevant to your interests, personal life or otherwise related to things you say. Easily guessed passwords are the most common cause of account hijacking.
:bulletgreen:Your passwords should contain numerals and letters, change case, and be at least twelve characters in length. For the sake of strength, always aim for the maximum password allowed on a site.
:bulletgreen:You should change your passwords fairly regularly. Even if you only just cycle a series of passwords every month, you'll increase the difficulty to which it will be to gain access to your accounts.
:bulletgreen:DeviantART Staff will never ask you for your password or email address. Do not tell anyone the email address associated with your deviantART account.
:bulletgreen:Intra-site links will never lead you to a log-in screen.
:bulletgreen:Intra-site links will never yield the deviantART off-site warning.
:bulletgreen:Always treat links as suspicious, and never trust mousing over them in order to discern their destination.

As long as you keep these things in mind, you should never fall victim to what is mistakenly referred to by many as hackings. :)

Thank you for your time, and I hope you will all have safer, secure accounts because of it.



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:iconrocky311b:
rocky311b Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i do that
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:icondavidbillups:
davidbillups Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
will do!
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:iconrileystrickland:
rileystrickland Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Links that won't lead you to legitimately log in?
What's this then?
[link]
Other than that most of this is common sense.
But anyway
+1
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:iconsonitia:
Sonitia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A faake :O
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:iconrileystrickland:
rileystrickland Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Or the direct Deviantart login page :dummy:
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:iconmlplover575:
Mlplover575 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for that notice! /)
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:iconburntmywater:
BurntMyWater Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I encountered a phishing attempt recently. I went "NOPE" and just got the hell out of there.
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:iconinvincibleskylar4411:
invincibleskylar4411 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for caring brohoof to all /)
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:icondarkmeilan:
DarkMeilan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
this is not only to DeviantArt you should also beware when on any online program such as yahoo, Gmail, Skype, For gamers Steam and WoW, LoL even your Xboxlive not to sure about how PSN does their online but just be cautious everypony.
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:iconmegalopolus:
Megalopolus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate the caring.
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:iconmillenniumfalsehood:
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tips! My password is a randomized combination of letters and numbers, so I think I'm golden there.
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:iconballwon1:
ballwon1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thank you for the tips!!!
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:icon2-dimensionalnerd:
2-DimensionalNerd Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yay it is being spread
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:icontheanimemaster2:
theanimemaster2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ive gotten this mesarom my friends about multiple different accounts so thanks.
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:icondragonkittypi:
DragonKittyPi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On websites where there is no limit to how long a password can be, I open up a new text file and button mash the keyboard randomly to generate a long, jumbled mess of random characters and copy/paste that to use as a password.

oN mOsT wEbSiTeS pAsSwOrDs ArE cAsE sEnSiTiVe So ReMeMbEr ThAt! :o)
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:iconangiebutt:
Angiebutt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But if a virus gets into your computer or if somehow the file gets deleted you're completely screwed :iconohnoesplz:
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:iconrileystrickland:
rileystrickland Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hard copy backups...
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:iconangiebutt:
Angiebutt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the warning!

Also, just so everybody knows, in regards to passwords, there's a site called How Secure Is My Password? and by typing your password in, you can see how long it would take for a computer to guess your password and also receive tips on how to make it more secure. (Note: you're not submitting your password-- just typing it in-- so your password will not be stolen, recorded, or whatever the heck else happens when an account is phished.)
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:iconderpato:
derpato Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would take a desktop PC about 48 thousand years to crack your password.

thanks :P
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:iconangiebutt:
Angiebutt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would take a desktop PC about 2 billion years to crack your password :iconwtfboomplz:
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:iconderpato:
derpato Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow you pwned me xDD
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:iconangiebutt:
Angiebutt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have had an account hacked before, so now my passwords are all really complicated :P
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:iconderpato:
derpato Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i've never, but i changed mine just to be safe xD
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:iconangiebutt:
Angiebutt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good. You can never be too safe. I learned that the hard way. :shifty:
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:iconrileystrickland:
rileystrickland Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How long it takes to crack a password can be determined with this function

base ^ length
where base = number of characters (for A-Z and a-z it'd be 52)
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:icondjpon3remix:
DJpon3REMIX Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This was stolen! [Link]
Lol I'm kiddin ;P But thanks for the update! I almost fell for this the other day! :O
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:icondaedric-pony:
Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm fortunate to have past experience with phishing attempts, it's the kind of thing most people will fall for once if their not warned.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for your concern guys :) the exploit was fixed.
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:iconsockhiddenunderarook:
sockhiddenunderarook Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How do you mean? Phishing isn't really something that is preventable by the website. All they can do is advise.

Which I see you have done. :3

I don't see what you mean by fixed exploit. :paranoid:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yep :nod: There was an exploit that would redirect people visiting some dA pages to the pages outside dA; that was fixed.
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:iconsockhiddenunderarook:
sockhiddenunderarook Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh I see. :la:

That's good.
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:iconpushyreeder:
pushyreeder Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the warning.Anypony know where i can find littlest pet shop episode 4?Also,be sure to check my page and read Horsefuck-my funniest comic yet!Sorry.could'nt resist telling you guys-
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:iconapollobroda:
ApolloBroDA Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the warning
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:iconstrawberrywolf-3:
StrawberryWolf-3 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the heads up
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:iconsebblo:
SebBlo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Oooh, boy.
The DA staff will be busy for some time.
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:iconcivwub:
Civwub Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the heads up, really appreciate the reminder. Time to change passwords again anyways.
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:iconxxmaishaxx:
xXMaishaXx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] Neomoti isnt the real hacker
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:iconfeather-dragon:
Feather-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for informing us.
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:iconmorphiusx:
MorphiusX Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wowzers! I'll keep that in mind!
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:iconjordan5955:
Jordan5955 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Neomoti is the hacker. Somepony should find out where she/he lives and give him/her bruises and scars
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:iconseven-fates:
Seven-Fates Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As a Brony and a moderator in this group, I have to say that I am terribly disappointed in you.

Not only did you read something and automatically assume it to be the truth, you bypassed the concept of innocent until proven guilty, and advocated the brutalization of a fellow user.

Presumption of guilt and promotion of violence violence is not the Brony way. Love and tolerance, friend, not hate and mistrust.
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:iconjordan5955:
Jordan5955 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I was just kidding. The real hacker doesn't even have a DA account
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:iconseven-fates:
Seven-Fates Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Kidding or not, that is a very serious thing to advocate.
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:iconjordan5955:
Jordan5955 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Advocate?
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:iconseven-fates:
Seven-Fates Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Advocate is a verb that means to speak or write in favor of, to support or urge by argument, or to recommend publicly.
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:iconsockhiddenunderarook:
sockhiddenunderarook Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Please don't incite violence against anypony.
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:iconemmabebe:
Emmabebe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
If this helps, I have an example.

Someone with the username of 'neomoti' is a hacker.

If you try to go to their page it will do the 'log in' thing.
As this journal said, DO NOT put in ur info. It will hack you.

Will anybody help put a stop to these hackers? .3.
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:iconarcoandatom:
ArcoAndAtom Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thanks for the warning, can i ask, would it be ok if i can put this text in a journal on my group? ill put a link to your group and say our wrote it n stuff

thx for ur time
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:iconseven-fates:
Seven-Fates Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As long as you leave in the part about "friendly #Bronies Chat Mod *SevenFates" I don't mind if you copy/paste it. =P
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:iconarcoandatom:
ArcoAndAtom Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
thank you very much :D
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