You may remember, in particular, that I wrote an article a while back on internet security in general. Although, I think it’d be interesting to point out some serious issues that were brought about in a recent Habbo News article.
Throughout this year, many Habbos have been receiving suspicious private messages and suspicious links regarding topics such as: free coins, selection for staff, top member awards, etc. These are unfortunately fake! I know. As much as we all deserve some free coins or a top member selection, save it for another day because you may have become a victim of a cyber attack!
Trust me, you don’t want to be a victim of a cyber attack. I’ve been involved in cyber security for many years, and I’ve seen many cases of computers getting jacked. And considering personal information and pictures might be on these computers, it’s tough to watch.
Oh, yeah. Ever heard of a term used on the internet called DOXing? Maybe DDoSing? DoSing? Three very different things, my friend. And it’s my job to explain them to you because this is a very serious situation. Even though doxing isn’t the hugest, it is very threatening and intimidating. It depends where you live, but doxing is a federal offense in America! This means that people will expose your personal information on documents, hence the term, DOX. And it’s very easy to do and very common. DDoSing and DoS are somewhat similar but very different. I’ll keep it short and sweet. DDoSing and using multiple internet bandwidths to boot one another’s connection. DoSing is using simply one (and very powerful if successful) connection to boot one another, mostly performed at home.
Regardless, this is not the only form of “terrorization”.
As much as a virtual game that Habbo is, it sucks to lose coins and/or in some cases, your whole account!
There are various methods that malicious low-lifes use to gain access. Some of these include the good ole ‘gimme your password’ trickery, or maybe a nasty keylogger or phishing site. Don’t ask. People are terrible these days.
I could go on and on. The best advice I can give to you is this: Don’t go to random sites looking for coins and furni. Use the game’s trusted trading system. Don’t accept messages telling you that you’ve been accepted for staffing. You’d need an application first. Honestly, some of it is just common sense. Don’t fall for it.
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