Splinterlands is a play to earn trading card game with mechanics like Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! Being a blockchain game, it is a good idea to protect your account and safeguard your game assets.
Lately, there have been many report of scammers draining accounts of DEC. It was found out that those DEC was used to rent cards from the hacker for extremely high rental fees.
Let’s look at the picture below as an example. The DEC rental fee is unusually high for a level 1 common card.
Splinterlands Team is aware of this incident and has banned those suspicious accounts. Even though the game developer takes action immediately, we have to do our part in protecting our own keys and password.
Take these actions to protect your account:
Always back up your password preferably with an offline copy like written on a piece of paper and stored securely, or external storage drives.
Never use the same password for your email and Splinterlands account. It is highly recommended to use different passwords. Also it is a good practice to use end to end encrypted Password Manager to generate new passwords.
Keep Active Authority turned on. This can be found in settings.
Always use Hive Keychain for transactions and never copy paste Active/Owner Keys or Master Password. For mobile users, please download Hive Keychain app and use internal browser to interact with markets to avoid copy/pasting keys.
Never click on any links/offers you receive in DM or someone claiming to be tech support. Tech support will never DM you first unless asked. Also you are not allowed to share your passwords, keys or personal secret information with tech support. So never share these information with anyone.
Save your Active/Owner Keys offline. Remember "Not your keys, not your crypto".