Security is something that all of us should be concerned about, but very few of us care about until it's too late. The truth is, it's actually quite easy to keep your Wolf Howl account secure. We've compiled a few quick tips in this thread to help you!
1. Use a secure password. This is a password that is eight characters or more, difficult to guess, and uses a combination of: letters, numbers, and symbols.
2. Enable two-factor authentication. Got a phone? You can use it to make sure that nobody gets into your precious Wolf Howl account! Visit https://bit.ly/wolf2fa to set it up!
3. Associate your Keybase account. If you've got Keybase, open up the app and go to your profile. Click the button labeled "Add more identities" and then search for wolfhowl.me; select it and then follow the instructions. A linked Keybase account makes it easier for staff to recover your Wolf Howl account if it is ever compromised.
4. Associate your Kinmunity account. If you're on KM, go to your profile and and edit it.You will notice an "Affiliated Accounts" section. Enter your Wolf Howl username there without the @ symbol in front. (Go to http://bit.ly/kmsets and click the "Edit Profile" link on the right.)
Then, Go to your Wolf Howl profile and under profile metadata, enter "Kinmunity" as the title and a link to your Kinmunity proflile as the value. (http://bit.ly/whprofedit)
Congrats! You're linked!
7. Don't share your Wolf Howl account with anybody. Do not login using your credentials anywhere else but wolfhowl.me - staff will never ask for your password!
8. Ensure that any device you use is properly secured. You should probably use an anti-virus program of some type, and ensure that you don't engage in any risky behavior online. If your device gets compromised, your online accounts can be as well.
10. Follow the direction of our staff team. Wolf Howl staff are here to keep the server safe. They will not steer you wrong when it comes to account safety and security.
Thank you for listening! Keep on howling!
@staff if you are using a secure password, the only place it could be breached would be here. Changing passwords that aren't being reused is typically overkill if you have no reason to suspect otherwise
@mlubert @staff In an ideal universe, users would use a nice password manager which employs strong crypto, use a decent master password for it, and different randomly generated passwords on each service they use. They’d also use hardware keys for 2FA on these services. However... we live in a world where “password” still tops the most commonly used passwords list.
@mlubert @staff I don’t think it’s just companies, sadly. Staff members of Kinmunity and Wolf Howl are required to use 2FA on their account. This has been a requirement of Kinmunity for years. A lot of our staff are moderators or admins on other sites within our niche and have “been around” the internet in general. The fact we had such as a requirement enforced by software was a culture shock to most of them.
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