I’ve been hacked!
One of the worst things that could ever happen to a hardcore gamer is when a game account gets hacked. I do not even know where to begin my list of bad vibes that a hacked game account could mean to me and my gaming career. Not only does it mean that you get robbed of a game, but it also means that your hard work is stolen from you and will be abused by someone else; using your in-game money and level to brag to others, and ruin the reputation of your in-game name, forcing you to settle for another name.
There are still so much more that the hacking implies to me and my game. Some people may think that “it’s just a game account. It’s not like it could harm anybody.” Well, needless to say to those people, it does harm people. It harms my reputation, for one, and it also endangers my friends because it will have access to my friend list and it could send messages pretending to be me. I could remedy that by informing my friends about the hack, but even that won’t spare those that would read my message too late.
Not a lot of people know, but game accounts actually sell pretty expensively. And for high level account like mine, with lots of in-game purchases and in-game money stocked, my account is worth a lot. It is actually discouraged and illegal to sell accounts for actual money, but there are really some people who go for it – instant high level accounts are what some rich kids want to own.
Worse part is, if it lands in the hands of a newbie. People will see my in-game name and think how such a high level account be so unprofessional and unskilled in playing the game, and it will hurt my reputation, even when it is no longer me holding the account.
But beyond all the troubles brought by the hacking, one thing that I wanted to find out was how I got hacked in the first place. I still cannot trace how it all happened, but I will continue to find out, Meanwhile, I have decided to avail of a proxy server for my gaming use. Thankfully, proxies are available quite easily, and I would not mind spending a few dollars if it could be the means to make sure that hackers can no longer get a direct access to my IP address. I’d really rather pay the expense of the proxy than have more of my gaming accounts stolen from me.
I wish my investigation leads to somewhere soon. Meanwhile, everyone should be extra careful in all their online activities so as not to get hacked so easily.