HDA is currently under attack from hackers. I will give more details later on what is happening, but trust me when I say that we are currently at extreme risk of being hacked. The only way to stop this is to protect yourselves individually.
From now on HDA will be taking further action if your account has been found to let in a hacker, intentionally or not. Having a weak account/password is NO EXCUSE.
STEP 1. CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS.
I don’t care if you have a really strong password, it could still be compromised. Change it. Now.
What are you still doing here? CHANGE IT!!!
Some important HDA related passwords to change:
Social media account you use to chat with Habbo members
If you have the same password for two or more of the sites above CHANGE THAT NOW!!!
You are putting HDA at an even bigger risk of getting hacked.
STEP 2. Check if you are at an increased risk.
There are REALLY USEFUL TOOLS out there these days to give you the upper hand in protecting your data and accounts from hackers. Stop reading this article (but come back) and go to:
This is INCREDIBLY useful, search your emails and see if your email comes up.
If it doesn’t, CONGRATS!! If you get this:
You have to be extra EXTRA careful where you use this email to login! I would strongly recommend moving accounts that you have attached to the compromised email, move them to a new email. Or set up two factor authorization, or use a password manager (more on that later).
If you don’t feel comfortable or confident with that, just change emails, you won’t lose access to the email, but it’s worth having a few emails so that if one does get compromised then you can move accounts around and it makes it harder to pin done ONE password for ONE email login.
STEP 3: CHECK YOUR PASSWORDS!
OK great, so you have changed your passwords, you have checked your emails, YOU ARE SAFE!!
Um.. sorry, think again. Go to this site:
Put in ALL THE PASSWORDS you use, did it come up? DON’T USE IT AGAIN.
Step 4: Get a Password Manager
There are heaps of password managers out there, a lot have free options, then all you need is one REALLY STRONG PASSWORD and you can store all your details there.
Step 5: Protect yourself every time you log in.
You have changed your passwords, you have checked your email + passwords, you have a password manager, now you need to be smart about how you use the internet in general. Don’t click on links that are dodgy. Don’t give anyone your details, even if you trust them. Change your passwords often, and check your emails + passwords often. Follow all these steps and you will not put HDA at risk, and that’s all we want!!!
HDA has taken steps to protect us as well, you can no longer view members’ emails on the forums, which was found to be a risk to our members. We are sorry for that, and we have now fixed the issue. If you are worried about hackers further, please consider creating a new email.
Maddy is a member of HDA and is editor of this blog, there are many contributors on this blog, if you would like to be a contributor please contact me!
Edited by: Vibrational