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cyan Staff says

For anyone with cash in their marketplace account, security should be of the utmost importance. Any member website over a certain size will fall prey to individuals attempting to hack member accounts.

We do everything we can on our end to protect member’s accounts, but if a member has a weak password that a hacker can guess off the bat, there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

So what can you do to protect your account? HAVE A SECURE PASSWORD .

A secure password is one that:

  1. Is unique to your marketplace account (you never know what sort of security other sites will have).
  2. Has numbers, uppercase letters, and lowercase letters.
  3. Has 8 characters or more.
  4. Does not contain your username, the word “password”, or simple number sequences like “123456”.
  5. Is changed regularly and is NEVER given to anyone else.

If your password does not follow these rules, then go change it right now (learn how to change it here).

Please be aware that if your account is accessed because your password is insecure, Membership Terms and Conditions states that it is entirely your responsibility:

You are responsible for each and every access or use of the Sites that occurs in conjunction with use of your username and password. Use of your username and password is conclusive evidence that you have accessed the Membership sections of the Sites. You must use all reasonable efforts to keep your username and password confidential.

Why is that? It’s because if your password is a really silly one (such as “123456”, “qwerty”, “password”, or your username), there’s literally nothing we can do to stop a hacker accessing your account. You need to treat your password like your bank card pin number.

So in closing, it really is of paramount importance, especially if you’re an author or volume buyer, that you make sure your account is safe and secure. We’ll do everything we can on our end, but we can only keep your account safe if you have a secure password.

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GREATLIBERO says

Mine is so safe, even I can’t remember it. Every time I must pick this: ” forgot your password “BUTTON. Really.

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blabus says

I understand obviously why passwords and accounts should be secure, but for anyone who checks their account regularly, I don’t really see how much damage could be done by someone who gains access to it- if they were to request a payout, they wouldn’t get it immediately, and so as soon as you logged in again you’d notice it and be able to cancel the request (and then change your password :) )

Or am I missing something else?

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PixeledArt says
I understand obviously why passwords and accounts should be secure, but for anyone who checks their account regularly, I don’t really see how much damage could be done by someone who gains access to it- if they were to request a payout, they wouldn’t get it immediately, and so as soon as you logged in again you’d notice it and be able to cancel the request (and then change your password :) ) Or am I missing something else?

They could request a payout using their own e-mail/paypal account and I’m sure everyone doesn’t check the withdrawal tab everyday.

Well they could

  1. delete your items
  2. spam the forums
  3. buy stuff with your money
  4. abuse the terms of use
  5. damage your reputation
;)
BTW : Are symbols allowed?

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MarkBrodhuber Staff says

Or, change your password, and you can’t log back in :)

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cyan Staff says
I understand obviously why passwords and accounts should be secure, but for anyone who checks their account regularly, I don’t really see how much damage could be done by someone who gains access to it- if they were to request a payout, they wouldn’t get it immediately, and so as soon as you logged in again you’d notice it and be able to cancel the request (and then change your password :) ) Or am I missing something else?

What they can do is go in and spend your earnings on files. It doesn’t take long to spend up big.

Alternately they can go in and download your files to distribute on piracy sites.

It’s REALLY important to have a super safe password for these reasons!

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JeffreyWay says

Hey, everyone. And remember – there are plenty of apps available around the web which will allow you to have as complicated a password as possible, without having to remember it!

I personally use 1Password for Mac, but there are a plethora of other programs for PC/Linux/Mac available. :)

http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password

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jremick Staff says
Hey, everyone. And remember – there are plenty of apps available around the web which will allow you to have as complicated a password as possible, without having to remember it!

I personally use 1Password for Mac, but there are a plethora of other programs for both PC/Linux/Mac available. :)

http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password

+1

I’m still using http://www.passpack.com and switching over to 1Password slowly. I should prob. finish moving everything over tonight, lol.

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Generator says

I just changed my VH password. Signed out and was redirected to the activeden homepage. Odd.

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finsta2 says

I use Lastpass Works really good and syncs across my 4 computers.

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