Well, honestly, it isn’t gold. This week’s shared topic over on Blog Azeroth was raised by Tarinae of A Healadin’s Tear. I’ve been keeping my big gumpy shut and my poor stubby fingers silent so far, because the intention is good. Let’s prevent those nasty gold-sellers from ransacking our hard-won gold and items! Protect account security–don’t buy gold.
The question then becomes: Do gold sellers sell gold taken from stolen character accounts?
Well, as a business model, it seems rather… far-fetched. Gold-sellers make money by accumulating in-game gold and selling it to other players. What are the fastest, most reliable, and easiest ways to get your hands on WoW gold?
- Auction House selling
- Farming… seriously
- Likely some scenario that I’m not even aware
Chances are, a company promoting the sale of in-game gold is not likely to be the primary source of account hacking. More likely culprits are individuals seeking to sell your character’s gold to a third party, or frankly, hackers who get a thrill from screwing over any “security” system. Third party gold selling does not alleviate the transgressions, but blaming the company seems a little out there. Despite the hype gold-selling does not equal account hacking… poor security does.
There are things that you can do (and should be doing as a WoW player, or merely as an individual with files that you wish to protect):
- Have a firewall
- Run security software such as AVG and Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware
- Avoid sites with poor reputations–I love Web of Trust for Firefox and Google Chrome
- If you have a browser with the capability, pick up a script blocker plug-in
- Get an authenticator
- Keep a separate e-mail account for WoW log-in. I prefer Gmail or a subscribed e-mail service, such as the one that comes with your service provider. Hotmail should be avoided for account sensitive information (just a personal opinion, but I’ve seen a lot of hacked e-mail accounts).
- Change your password every so often!
- NEVER SHARE YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION.
While it definitely feels nice to have a “bad guy” to blame for the loss of your toon’s pixels, chances are, it is not some massive corporate effort to ransack your character, but an individual seeking to have a thrill. Gold is a negligible resource for many players–easily come by, and just as easily dispensed on goods and services every day. Personally, I wouldn’t have a single problem if Warcraft offered gold for sale. Gold does not allow you to buy gear beyond the level of content that you can PuG and receive gear, and is generally used by players at end-game to pay for “perk” items or to avoid an annoying part of game-play–the grind.
My only issue with gold-sellers and buyers is their blatant disregard for Blizzard’s Terms of Service. World of Warcraft, despite our enjoyment of the game, is not our playpen–it is Blizzard’s. To play in their world, we agree to abide by their rules, and I am very much a staunch proponent of being a goody two shoes when it comes to following rules. You want to compromise your integrity by buying gold–feel free, but don’t expect me to wave it off as negligible or not important. I am not upset that you have more gold by whatever means, but it does tell me that, in some form or fashion, you think you are above the rules of the playpen–and that makes you as disreputable as a person who hacks the database to strengthen their character beyond the limits of the game.
Until gold is legitimately offered by World of Warcraft for use in-game, I just won’t support buyers or sellers, but I won’t be railing at the gold-sellers if my account gets hacked–I’ll be questioning my security measures and internet usage instead.