The first step to ensuring your Account is protected is to choose a good Password. Using similar or easy-to-guess Passwords is the most common way to have your Account breached. Follow these suggestions to ensure your BrightLocker Password is kept safe:
- Do not use the same password on any two sites. It is very common for sites (especially forums and chat rooms) to be compromised for long periods of time without being noticed. These account names, emails, and passwords are archived, shared, and sold, so they can be tested on other sites for matches. We highly recommend that you use a unique password to this site. If you truly wish to secure this account (and all of your other accounts) you should get a reputable password manager. Tom's Hardware Article.
- When creating a password: Avoid obvious dictionary words and combinations of dictionary words. Any word on its own is insufficient. Any combination of a few words, especially if they’re obvious, is also insufficient. For example, "house", or even "redhouse", are both easy-to-guess Passwords that are not secure.
- When creating a password: Use a combination of letters, numbers, special characters, spaces and capitalization, but keep in mind that their distribution is also very important. For example, "password111" is not very secure, but "D4r!cK3r95" would be much more difficult to guess or hack.
- When creating a password: The longer the Password, the better and the less the chance that someone may be able to guess it. Please avoid Passwords that have less than 10 characters in length.
- When creating a password: Don’t use common substitutions, either. For example, "H0use" isn’t very strong because the substitution of an "o" with a "0" may be obvious.
- When creating a password: Do not use your BrightLocker Account name or any portion of it in your Password, as if it is followed by numbers, special characters or other words it will make it easier to guess. This also goes along with your name, kids or significant other's names. Again, try to use a unique Password that is different from any of your other passwords (email account, social media websites, online bank account, other online game accounts, etc).
To further ensure your safety, keep your Antivirus software updated. Antivirus software helps you fight against viruses and other malicious third party programs (i.e. key-loggers and Trojans), which are typical programs used to gather Passwords. While BrightLocker does not endorse or recommend any particular Antivirus program, any program is better than no protection.
Use of public computers, such as those at hotels and internet cafés, significantly increases the risk of your personal information becoming compromised. Your Password can be compromised by simply logging in from one of these shared systems in the event that harmful software has been installed.
If you've played on a shared system before, BrightLocker highly recommends changing your Password regularly for your own protection.
It's tempting to share your Account with your close friends or family members, but this is one of the main reasons why Accounts become compromised. BrightLocker Accounts are free and it's highly suggested that you don't share your Account with anyone for your own protection.