Runescape Developers Jagex announced a few days ago the release of a new free security feature that provides better account security to protect RuneScape players from unauthorized game access commonly known as ”hijacking”.
Once this security measure is enabled by players, J.A.G (Jagex Account Guardian) will give players the ability to associate specific trusted devices with their account to provide security beyond the traditional username/password. Players can enable J.A.G through their account settings on the RuneScape.com website, this will help to ensure their RuneScape account, and valuable in-game items are secure.
“Ensuring the integrity and security of our valued community’s information has always been a top priority for us, this recent update serves to strengthen the number of other innovative countermeasures we have developed over the past years”
said Mark Gerhard, CEO of Jagex.
“Unfortunately a lot of people tend to use the same username and password on other websites, many of these are not well managed from a security standpoint and end up becoming compromised, others are simply phishing websites intended to steal player credentials, sadly the industry also has a very long list of high profile games publishers that have been hacked resulting sensitive customer account information being in the public domain”
Gerhard went on to add,
“Our players put a significant investment of both time and effort into their RuneScape accounts so it’s incumbent on us to remain at the very forefront of protecting their investment.”
Once a player has enabled the Jagex Account Guardian, if their account is accessed from an unregistered device the player will have to go through additional layers of validation to ensure that the account is not being hijacked. Much like Steam where you have to enter a password that’s send to your email if you access your steam account from an unrecognised computer/device.
If you haven’t enabled it already I recommend that you do ASAP!