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November 25, 2012


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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 DestinyProgenitor 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.

Skin is by wyverngrace.
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rocky311b Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i do that
davidbillups Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
will do!
rileystrickland Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Links that won't lead you to legitimately log in?
What's this then?
Other than that most of this is common sense.
But anyway
Sonitia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A faake :O
rileystrickland Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Or the direct Deviantart login page :dummy:
Mlplover575 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for that notice! /)
BurntMyWater Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I encountered a phishing attempt recently. I went "NOPE" and just got the hell out of there.
invincibleskylar4411 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for caring brohoof to all /)
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.
Megalopolus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate the caring.
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