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"We take security very seriously." ArenaNet President Mike O'Brien

ArenaNet President Mike O'Brien posted several tips for Guild Wars 2 users on how to protect their account from hackers.

ArenaNet President Mike O'Brien posted several tips for Guild Wars 2 users on how to protect their account from hackers.

"If you currently use the same password for Guild Wars 2 that you use anywhere else, immediately change your Guild Wars 2 password to a new, unique password," said O'Brien.

"The reason people are still getting hacked is because they use the same passwords on multiple sites."

O'Brien also spoke on the importance of email authentication. Users are asked to validate an email address when they first login; from then on, any new location will require email validation.

"So keep in mind, if you ever see an unexpected email asking you to validate a login attempt from a location where you're not playing from, that means a hacker already knows your account name and password!" said O'Brien.

"The only thing that's keeping him from logging in as you is the email authentication system. Change your password immediately."

O'Brien also recommended users implement a two-factor authentication system. To protect users further, the team is putting password blacklisting into effect; passwords that hackers typically scan for will be unavailable to users.

"We take security very seriously," said O'Brien.

"Companies like Blizzard and Valve presumably also had a commitment to security, yet they ultimately suffered breaches of their account databases."

"If that ever were to happen, we'd be up-front with you about it, and we'd take immediate steps to ensure that it didn't lead to widespread account hacking," said O'Brien.