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Five ways to protect your Battle.net account from hackers and scammers

Scammers don’t care how hard you’ve worked to hit level 60 in WoW, or if your name is shown on the Hearthstone leaderboard; they will happily steal any account and then sell it, use it to trade in gaming money, or do other banned things. You need to tinker with security settings to protect your account from hacking Battle.net provides a security setting. To access them, log in to your account in your browser, and go to Security Settings.

1) change or update password

The password is the first order of business. It has to be unique—never use the same passphrase for more than one account. A good password is long, too, and it is not obvious. Forget about “pa$$word” or “batman2003″—you need something more complicated than that.

To change your password for Battle.net, go to Security and press Update in the Password section.

How to change the security question?
Having a security question is a good way to keep your password from being reset. On the other hand, an attacker may quickly turn the security question into a loophole: if they learn or guess the answer, they will have access to your account—and it may not be that difficult; users can publish a lot of personal information in the public domain.

If the answer can be gleaned from, say, your social network profiles, make sure you change the question to something a little more tricky:

  • Go to the Hidden Question and press Update.
  • Choose the relevant security issue in the drop-down list;
  • Enter the answer and press the Save button
  • To avoid losing the top-secret answer, use the encrypted note in the password manager. As the name suggests, this tool can also store and create powerful, secure passwords.

2) Use two factor authentication

How to set up two-factor authentication on Battle.net?
Two-factor authentication is another easy environment for account security. By default, Battle.net e-mails you a code when you try to log in to your account on a new computer. Yet cyber criminals also target e-mail because it can be a way to reset your passwords. Using the Blizzard Authenticator app instead, which you can also customize to send text message codes. If you want to receive text codes, you will be able to change your password, unblock your account, and log in without access to the Blizzard Authenticator.

To allow two-factor authentication by app or text:

  • Download and open the Blizzard Authenticator (iOS and Android);
  • Tap Authenticator setup;
  • Enter your username and password for your Blizzard account;
  • Enter the security code sent to your e-mail address linked to your account;
  • If you want to receive codes by email, tap Sign Up on the page that opens;
  • Input your phone number and then tap Continue;
  • Enter the verification code sent to you by text;
  • If you don’t want to connect your phone to your Battle.net account instead of logging in, tap No thanks;
  • Just in case, make a note of the serial number and the recovery code—they’ll come in handy if you need to restore the Blizzard Authenticator.

3)Ensure that only you have access to your account

How to ensure that you only have access to your Battle.net account? Worried you were hacked, or can’t recall whether you signed in to someone else’s machine? Check your login history and log out of your account on all computers except the one you’re on:

Go to Security and Pick Recent login activity;
Look at the log-in background, and if you see unfamiliar devices in the list, click log-in from all devices.
Right after that, update your password and set up two-factor authentication to keep the intruder out of your account.

How to prevent your password Battle.net from leaking?Scammers use every trick in the book to keep up user passwords, so it’s best not to rely solely on security settings.

To prevent your account from being hacked, be careful not to enter your certificates all over the place. Someone posted a connection to a discounted game, but the page would like you to log in? Just take a beat. First, search the developer’s website. If the discount is valid, there will be information and a connection to it right there.

If you get a message that appears to be coming from Blizzard asking you to run through a security check using a connection in the message, it’s probably phishing, so just ignore it. If you really want to make sure your Blizzard protection is in order, go to your personal account either by entering the official website URL in your browser manually or using the Battle.net mobile app.

4)Hide your real name on Battle.net

How to hide your real name from Battle.net? If you don’t want strangers to know your real name, turn off the Real ID feature:

  • Log in to your browser account;
  • In the sidebar settings, choose Privacy;
  • Click Update under Account Privacy;
  • Uncheck Allow Real ID for you.

No other users can just see your BattleTag, the nickname you use for games and the Blizzard forums.

How to secure the data of your game? by default, Blizzard shares the gaming activity data with third-party developers. The organization might even share a list of your friends and a chat history. You can tell Blizzard not to share it, but:

  • Go to Game Data and Privacy Profile and press Update;
  • Uncheck Share your game data with community developers;
  • Click the Save button.

5)Hide your list of games from other users

How to hide your game list from other users? If you choose not to share data about the games you own, limit the visibility of the information:

  • Click your name on the Battle.net client in the upper right corner of the screen;
  • Choose View Profile;
  • Click on the pencil icon next to the Games;
  • Uncheck the Profile Display choice for each game you want to hide from the list;
  • Click the Save button.

You can also use the Battle.net mobile app to change your settings:

  • Tap the profile icon at the bottom right corner;
  • Tap the Edit Profile,
  • Under Games, uncheck all that you don’t want to see in your profile;
  • Click Save

How to hide Gaming Profile Data? To remain a mystery to all, cover your profile completely:

  • Click on your name in the upper right corner of the Battle.net client
  • Choose View Profile;
  • Click the button next to the Profile Settings icon;
  • Choose Only me in the Profile Visibility drop-down list;
  • Click the Save button.
  • Tap the profile icon at the bottom right corner;
  • Choose Edit Profile;
  • Swipe down to Profile Privacy;
  • Under Who can see my profile, select Only me.

Now, no one can see your profile information; only your BattleTag and avatars will remain visible.

How to turn off notifications? Pop-up messages about people joining a game or chat can be annoying. Fortunately, the Battle.net client allows you to turn off those and any other types of notifications:

  • In the upper left corner, press the Blizzard logo;
  • Click Settings in the drop-down list;
  • Choose Sounds & Alerts in the sidebar;
  • Uncheck Enable Battle.net toasts if you want to turn off all notifications;
  • Set the associated option in the Event section to stop receiving notifications about certain events, for example, a friend coming online;
  • Click Done.

To get rid of unwanted notifications in the mobile app:

  • Tap the profile icon in the lower right corner;
  • Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner;
  • Select Notifications;
  • Disable events you’re not interested in.

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