Account security tips
Once you've secured your computer and account, make sure you're aware of how to maximise your computer's safety and protect your account from being hijacked.
Don't reuse login names and passwords
If you use your RuneScape login or password for other websites, services or games, the security of all your accounts may be at risk.
If a hijacker finds out the login information of any of your accounts, they would be able to control all of them.
To stay secure:
- Use a different password on all accounts
- If possible use alternative emails on other accounts
The simplest form of account theft occurs when you share login information with another player. This could be someone you know or trust in real life or anyone using a tactic to gain your trust and personal information.
- Sharing login details
- Logging into your account on someone else's computer and saving details to that device - especially if you are unsure that their computer is as safe as it should be.
You should never give out your password to others, not even JMods!
Phishing scams are used to acquire sensitive personal information and can take many different forms.
The most common types of phishing include posing as:
- 'Official' websites
- Suspicious emails
- In-game messages.
Go to our advice on phishing for more information.
Some hijackers inject viruses and other malware into player-made add-ons, tools or websites. You should always double check the URL of every link before you click on it.
Malicious software could:
- Damage your game installation or operating system
- Expose your credit card and other methods of identity theft
If you think you may have infected your computer, go to our advice on Security Software and change your password immediately.
Real world trading & Power levelling
Purchasing items from Gold sellers and power levelling services comes with the risk of them:
- Stealing your account
- Stealing your credit card details
These types of activities put your account in danger! They are also against the Rules and Terms & Conditions.
If you want to purchase select in-game resources with real life currency, consider purchasing Bonds.