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"Hacker alerts" are pretty common around DA and it has been for a long time. Journals warning you that there is a hacker loose at DA and it will hack your account if you don't copy the journal and re-post it.

Some variations can be: "There is a hacker that will block all your friends, leave nasty comments on other's profiles, will deactivate your account, will get you in trouble with the staff, etc." another could be "Don't watch *insert deviant's name here* because they will give you a virus if you do" there are a lot more variations, but you get the idea. These journals always end with something like "If you read this warning, spread the word and share it with your friends so they won't be the hacker's next victim!"

I know, reading something like this can feel terrifying and you might feel compelled to spread the word, you don't want you friends to be a victim of this terrible hacker!



I know that people re-post these journals with good intentions, trying to warn others about this supposed hacker, but... sorry to tell you, you're doing more harm than good if you do it.

These are just rumors somebody with apparently a lot of free time started to spread fear and have a little fun (for them) and if you re-post it you're just playing their game.

The proof? First off know that this kind of rumors have existed on DA since forever, there's nothing new about them, they just re-appear once in a while. Secondly, if this was real, you would receive a notification in your Message Centre from the site administration about it, (yes one of those annoying notifications you receive and you delete immediatly) if you read it in just another deviant's journal, the most probable thing is that is just fake.

"But I know somebody who got hacked! The hacker is real!"

Well, of course I'm not saying hackers aren't real, and yes, you always have the risk to have your account hijacked by someone else. But did you know that these supposed "hacking" cases are in reality the result of neglecting your account? Having a weak password, leaving your account logged in in a public place, telling your password to a friend, etc. It's really that simple. It's not that an individual used a powerful supercomputer program to hijack your account, it was just a kid who guessed your password.



So what can you do?

Instead of spreading a rumor about a hacker, which only promotes fear among the community, it would be better if you spread the word about the measures you can take to reinforce the security of your account.

  • Read and spread the word about deviantArt's official responses to this matter, these are reliable resources, they were written by DA staff:
    - Account Security - An Update
    - News to know: beware of phishing scams!
    - Keeping your Account Safe
  • Be sure to have a strong password! It's more important than you think. Don't use a simple, easy to guess password. Don't use words related to you, like the name of your dog, your own name, the city you live in, your OTP, etc. Those can be easily guessed by people who know you. Use a combination of caps, numbers and symbols and try to avoid obvious combinations like "abc", "asdf" or "12345".
  • Change your password once in a while. If you notice a strange activity in your account go and change your password immediatly.
  • Don't leave your account logged in in public places, if you go to a public library or cafe be sure to uncheck options like "Remember my password" and the like. Sometimes the browser itself asks you if you want it to remember the password. Say NO. And when you're done, be sure to log out.
  • Don't give your password to anyone. I know you might have friends you think you can trust or a boyfriend/girlfriend you really love, but you can never know.
  • Remember that DA will never ask for your password via email or note, if you receive a notice from an allegedly deviantart email account or an "admin" asking for your password, it's definitely fake because DA will NEVER ask for your password. (And every email account from DA will come from @deviantart.com, NEVER from hotmail or Gmail or any other, also you can identify DA admins by their symbol , if they don't have this symbol, they're NOT an admin)
  • Another excellent tip is to ensure all your security measures are also up to day for the email address you have connected to your account. If your email isn't secure malicious users can gain access and recover your password.
  • One last thing: if for whatever reason your account gets hijacked, know of the correct procedure to regain control of it: FAQ #660: My deviantART account has been hacked. What can I do?


So there! mystery solved!
It was Magneto all this time!

More than fearing a hacker hijacking your account, take the necessary measures to make sure you have your account well protected and don't neglect it! And instead of spreading false rumors, spread the word about these tips. Don't feed fear, spread information!

That's all for today!



Remember!

Don't believe in everything you read around here, be sure to be following some of the DA official groups, such as hq to keep yourself informed about what is going on in the site.

Official groups you should really follow:

:iconhq: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconcommunityops:

Oh noes! There's a hacker out there! What can we do? Read!
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:iconflyineye:
FlyinEye Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Use a strong password with upper and lower case and a number. The longer the better but at least 8 characters, or better yet use a passphrase.

Have an up to date antivirus to make sure you aren't running any keylogging software.

Don't reuse the password you use here anywhere else.

Never give out your password out to anyone including anyone who claims to be an admin.

If you get an email with a link saying you need to change your password NEVER click on the link in email (unless you had it sent to you for password change/ recovery).
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SOTDcorp Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is a very helpful post and I am very much in agreement with you. I dislike rumour posts and I generally don't see many hacker cases personally. Though I do figure there must be cases of it.
I was suprised just now as someone who I follow seems to have been hacked and the hacker has posted a really disturbing photo to their account and changed all their avatars and such to be dirty words. They also keep posting journals in said person's account trying to get people to ban the person's account and calling them really nasty things. It seems like who ever has done this has a personal vendeta against them. I just wish I knew what was going on or some way I could contact the actual owner of the account as I am sure they are feeling really upset right now and I'm worried about them.
I know there is nothing I can do and I really don't know much about what is going on but I just don't understand why people would hack someones account.
Sorry for the randomness of this comment.
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KasaiNeko42a Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I received an email regarding a request for deactivation but my password broke then
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gingie-liu Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah
Would it be alright if I sorta paraphrased it?
Ill add your name for credit :D
I'm getting "Hacker alert!" Journals in my messages :(
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Sure :)
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gingie-liu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!!
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LucianTheDemon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My friend was hacked today.

She didn't lose access to her account, but they just got rid of her custom boxes, and the contents of it.

She said the only person who knew her password was her friend, and she said they would never hurt her, but...

"Don't give your password to anyone. I know you might have friends you think you can trust or a boyfriend/girlfriend you really love, but you can never know."
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XxPolarisTheRoguexX Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Writer
My sister uses my account to post this fricken lie


Hi everyone!!!
I wanted to warn you all!
"There's a hacker in DA!! He/She will hack your account and post pornographic pictures, only if he/she hacks your account. If he/she finds out that you've posted this to a journal or on your page, he'll/she'll know what's going on and won't hack you. Please copy this for your safety to prevent your account being hacked."

This hacker writes in journals" I hate you all, go die", and he'll also remove your watches. I suggest you to copy this journal to warn your watchers. Spread the word!!! This hacker is going around and hacking into other people's accounts to block your friends so that your friends block you, get you in trouble, and could get you banned from DeviantART!!!!
I suggest you to change your password. Make a stronger one, to make the hacker's job harder!!
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AbbyGamer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Photographer
is it ok if i can re-post this cause im getting nervous
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Sure!
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:iconabbygamer:
AbbyGamer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Photographer
thanks
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:iconjeromedynasty:
Jeromedynasty Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I understand! Thanx 4 the advice, and tips! :D
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JaneandFriends4741 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
So why is a hacker posting porn? KIDS DUN POST PORN
--cantlogintomyoldaccountthoughandthereusedtobesomeguypostingpornonit--
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:iconmrs-slaughter:
mrs-slaughter Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional
hey i know something about hacker !
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MMDAnimatio357 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:D That's what i do everytime, if there's those rumours, i won't care and just change my password per.week
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:iconspigos:
Spigos Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this :D 
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:icongexeys:
Gexeys Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol love the fear mongering 
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shafi1000 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I am scared...
Apparently there is a new hacker!!!

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:iconmythoflight:
MythOfLight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's not real did you not read this journal stop with this already god
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:iconshafi1000:
shafi1000 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
OK, i just freaked out a bit
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:iconmythoflight:
MythOfLight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah it's cool sorry i've been irritable about these things, probably unnecessarily so lol
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shafi1000 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
XD lol
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PattyHtf16 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
lol i have a veryvery strong Password , XD only me who can guess it XD starts with A ends with 4 XD
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GingaFreak11 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks for making this. I was really scared I'd get hacked. But it seems I've done everything to not get hacked. :-)
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HamtaroFlower Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a bit frighted about this "hacker 302" person ;__; 
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Don't be :) it's exactly what I was talking about in this journal, this person only wanted to spread fear, next time you receive a journal like that, don't re-post it, they're are always fake ;)
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warfighterzack77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
that hacker is fake 
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:iconhamtaroflower:
HamtaroFlower Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who was it? 
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:iconusername353:
Username353 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
So, hacker 302 is a fake as well? (I'm getting loads of journals from people I watch, everyone is freaking out...)
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:iconmiaerikavessie:
MiaErikaVessie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The journal about Hacker 302 said they hacked a specific amount of people. All those people know each other. Coincidence? I think not. One of those ppl said hat the hacker was her sister. Her sister probably knows them too. Most likely. Just saying.
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Username353 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
I just checked out the accounts that were involved, I figured as much.  Thank you for clarifying, though. :)
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MiaErikaVessie Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hee hee, your welcome! ^_^
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KawaiiNeko-chan12 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can I copy your journal? I'll say that it's yours.Meow :3
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Sure :)
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KawaiiNeko-chan12 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx
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WindowsMegaFan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
OLOL!!1 The hacker will never hack my account,i have a password that haves a lots of random numbers,symbols,letters,so,i keep it on a text file.
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ievawolfgirl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
May I copy this journal, I will credit you : )
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Sure :)
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:iconievawolfgirl:
ievawolfgirl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
^^~
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:iconmidiite:
MidIite Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okie thanks I have a wierd long password so yay! When im on my laptop i'll put it to a reassuring journal!
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:iconblitzarts:
BlitzArts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Agreed.
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was almost running into one, until I realized he was just another artist. XD He send me a suspicious link that dA wouldn't open for me, luckily, I got out of there. I went to the guy's profile, and he had a profile, so, I knew he wasn't a hacker. But he should be careful on what he sends.
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Pheagle-Adler Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Thank you for having a level head.
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PokeflareGTX Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well my laptop have everything and all done
i logged out all account
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:iconsofiapokemon:
SofiaPokemon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nobody know my password,is really hard to i remember,so no one will hack me >:3
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fluffythehedgehog12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mine too, and I'm happy. I actually forgot my password once. That how good it is.
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Firekitty8 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Digital Artist
I forgot mine once as well
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:iconfluffythehedgehog12:
fluffythehedgehog12 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD High five for good passwords!
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:iconfirekitty8:
Firekitty8 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Digital Artist
^^
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:iconfluffythehedgehog12:
fluffythehedgehog12 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
/)*(\
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