How-To Geek Compromised; Time to Play the Password Update Game

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(Links may not work, downloads have not been recently tested for safety), the massive infrastructure that supports the online gaming and distribution components of Blizzard’s gaming empire, has been compromised. Read on for some tips and tricks to get your password security and practices up to snuff.

Unfortunately security breaches are all too common–the best defense is to use unique passwords for all services and do your best to avoid any cross-contamination between your accounts. You never want someone to gain access to your email and bank accounts because they gained access to your gaming account. Whether you’re worried because your account was compromised as part of the security failure or you’re just realizing you use the same password too often, we’ve got you covered.

To get up to speed on best password practices, start by checking out our emergency guide: How To Recover After Your Email Password Is Compromised. While it’s the nuclear option of password updating, following the guide will increase your password security ten fold in a very short amount of time. In tandem with the prior guide, check out The How-To Geek Guide to Getting Started with LastPass. Between the tips in the first guide and the tools LastPass offers, you’ll be locked up tight in no time.

Important Security Update [Blizzard]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/10/12

Comments (1)

  1. 123abc

    Passwords for online accounts are being divulged by the very people who claim to make your online privacy/safety their top concern. And yet, they are the very same companies/individuals who are loosing or exposing their clients/customers sensitive information.

    Let’s not forget the famous incident from a few years ago (2006 if I recall correctly) where thousands of past armed forces servicemen and servicewomen had their names and social security numbers lost when some fool let his laptop get stolen. So if the U.S. Army can’t (or won’t) protect my information then just why would I trust someone like Lastpass?!

    Why would I be so willing to jump on this latest craze of cloud computing either? Just cause Google thinks it’s a good idea? Please!!!

    Face it. Our info is handled on a near daily basis by complete idiots or companies with idiotic information policies. Try reading that legal mumbo jumbo sometime and see just how much they care or will be held liable when they loose your info – not if, but when!

    So when it is suggested to me that I allow another nameless faceless entity to handle my online credentials I just have to laugh. I don’t know why there are so many real life lemmings ready to walk off into oblivion like that and allow some unknown entity to handle their digital lives for them. But apparently there are quite a few.

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