Breakfast Topic: Has your account ever been compromised?

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Account security is a serious matter in Azeroth. If a player's account is ever compromised, it can be a devastating blow. You work hard to reach the level cap, run the dungeons and raids for the gear your character needs and level your chosen professions. Chances are, you also have a fair amount of gold from questing, dailies, and your professions. If hackers gain access to your account, they wreak havoc while inside, stripping your characters of everything they have, taking all your gold, and selling anything of value.

My account has only been hacked into once, but it was more than enough for me to doublecheck my security settings, wipe my hard drive, and buy an authenticator. When my account was hacked, I was beyond devastated. All of the hard work I put into my characters was gone in an instant. Hackers move a lot like a fire.

They move fast, and they leave a wave of destruction in their wake. It took roughly a week to have everything in my account restored to what it was prior to the hacking. This was long before Blizzard streamlined the restoration process for hacked accounts. After it was all said and done, I not only invested in an authenticator but a goblin security system that rivals the bank in Gadgetzan.

Have you ever had your account compromised? How severe was the damage? Did you take any measures to prevent it from happening again?

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