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Account Security

Account Security

Pirate King Online is home to players of various origins and intentions. Although many players are, or may seem to be playing according to the rules, there are unscrupulous players in the game who are always looking for a shorter path to glory, achieved by fooling or deceiving others.

Players like those are quite often unavoidable, because it is not always easy to see a person's intentions, however, players can very easily avoid getting deceived and scammed by those people. This guide will focus on a few key aspects which can be followed by players to assure their well-being and keeping their account secure in general.

Rules
Upon registration, all players must agree to the Terms and Rules. Although the rules may seem to be a list of "Dos and Don'ts", they touch certain aspects regarding security and scamming, mainly stating the policy or how breaking those rules is handled, though a few "tips" are located in-between the lines.
As such, players are advised to read the rules, doing so is the first step in keeping both themselves and other players safe.

Valid Forum account
An important reminder is that the forum account (On which game accounts are located) is bound to a facebook account. In order to function normally, the facebook account and e-mail must both be valid. The simplest solution is to simply invite friends if the need for more game accounts arises. Avoid making multiple facebook/forum accounts, as well as asking acquaintances of any sort to make a forum account using their own facebook and making game accounts on those.
Additionally, sharing the facebook account to which a forum account is bound to is another action which players should be cautious about and, if possible, avoid.

Password
The only thing separating someone who knows a player's game account and all the content of said game account is the password. Using character names, nicknames, simple sequence of numbers or letters is a bad idea because it's much easier to get into the account that way. It is recommended to use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers.
Besides that, it should never be given away. The Staff will never ask for players' passwords and anyone who asks for it is more often than not looking to get your gear easily. Beware!

Sharing
Some say sharing is caring, but in the Internet, sharing your virtual property with someone who's hidden behind a screen isn't a good idea. The same principle is followed in PKO. It is safe to say all, however more accurately, nearly all scams or account losses happen because of sharing.
This includes anything from lending items or gold to outright lending a game account. It is important to always stay vigilant and take care when it comes to sharing anything, and the best preventative measure is to simply not lend items and/or gold to anyone.
Regarding Account sharing in general, this article can provide in-depth insight regarding the Staff's policy and views on the matter. Not to forget, accounts which were accessed by someone who'd been banned will too be banned, so beware whom you share your account(s) with!

Services trading
Service trading is another common type of scam in the game. Anything that includes selling or buying something which cannot be placed into the trade log carries a risk of being taken advantage of. This mainly includes paying for or doing something in advance. It is always best to avoid any kinds of deals such as these, especially from shady dealers.
Closely related, "Real world trading" (RWT); which means trading items or gold in-game for real world goods is strongly prohibited and will result in a permanent ban of all accounts.

Impersonating
Impersonation is a very popular technique of trying to scam new players. This generally goes in two directions.
Impersonating staff - Certain players can get really creative and try to impersonate being a GM in hopes of getting someone's account info or their hard-earned items. As it was said before, the Staff members will never ask for your account information or items in-game, the exception being having to exchange a wrong item or an item that's not working properly.

Impersonating other players - This is a problem which is already easily solved by not sharing your account, items or anything mentioned a few paragraphs ago. However, should someone be on good terms with another player, certain "stalkers" may try and take advantage of that, by impersonating the player and asking for a favor, items or similar.
Worse yet, they can also try to immitate the player's name but slightly mixing it up a bit. i.e JyuVioleGrace vs JyuVioletGrace; or Lebaguette vs Lebageutte. Can you spot the difference? Should players find themselves in a situation where they want to lend their friends or acquaintances something, they should make sure to always double check the name.

Preventative measures
Most of what was mentioned above can easily be prevented simply by being aware of what may happen. But to summarize, players should generally follow a few guidelines to improve their security.
  • Read the rules to ensure that they do not commit a deed which may put themselves and/or others in jeopardy.
  • Make sure not to put their account in jeopardy due to the facebook and e-mail bound.
  • Always try to be aware of other people's intentions and stay vigilant.

Though players can improve their security in-game as well, by locking their inventory. This is done by purchasing the item Lock of Mystic from any town's Grocer and double clicking the "Lock" button in their inventory. After which one Lock of Mystic will be consumed, and their inventory will be locked.
When the inventory is locked, the items which the player possesses can't be manipulated in any way. (Traded, dropped, put on Stall, pliered, etc.)

In order to unlock the inventory, the Lock button has to be double clicked again, however, this time, the Security Code of the player will have to be inputted in order to unlock it successfully. This means that Security Codes shouldn't be easily guessed patterns (i.e. 000000, 123456789, etc.)
This is a good measure to take when going away for long periods of time, in case the unbelievable happens and the account gets jeopardized. But more importantly, it's a popular measure to use when sharing accounts. Although it's been said that it's not recommended, this somewhat makes it less dangerous to do so.