Services & Information
Section 1) Safety Tips
Section 2) Security Tips
Section 3) Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Section 4) How to Stay Safe
The Department of Defense is dedicated to the safety of its members. This guide, created by amazingconnor, with the approval of the President, aims to introduce to members of the WH multiple tips and tricks surrounding safety and security over the internet. These tips and tricks can range from the specifics of Habbo, all the way to VPNs.
SECTION 1 - SAFETY TIPS
It is important to first recognise that Habbo is an incredibly large and social platform, and therefore it’s also important to remember that there are many types of people, from all walks of life. As such, there are people on Habbo that intend to bring harm to others. They do so in the form of Doxing, Phishing (outlined below), DoSing, DDoSing and many others - WH calls the aforementioned methods’ “Illegal Warfare” (WH does NOT condone them).
1A - PERSONAL INFORMATION
The first tip is to never give anyone your information, such as your last name, address, social media or passwords. Whenever you tell people about yourself then you’re creating a profile on yourself, and sometimes the people you tell this information to store this profile - like a dossier. Sometimes these people can use this profile as leverage for something, and they may threaten to dox that information. “Doxing” is the form of releasing personal information to the public; this information can include address, emails, phone numbers, names. Because of this, it’s imperative that you never share information about yourself.
1B - PASSWORDS
Mentioning passwords above, the next and one of the most important tips is the strength of your password. Often people use passwords that are easy to remember, which is perfectly fine, however, that doesn’t always mean your account is as safe as it could be. A strong password is one that has 12+ characters and is made up of random letters, numbers and symbols. The reason these are stronger passwords is that it’s, basically, impossible to guess the password, and as such, people who want to cause harm to you cannot simply deduce what your password might be based upon other knowledge about you. An example of a strong password is 2iah48&[email protected]!
1C - MALICIOUS CONTENT
Do not download content that you think or know could damage your device. Sometimes this is referred to as “malicious content”. Sometimes people can actually gain control of your device through content such as RATs (Remote Access Trojans). Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you ALWAYS ensure what you are downloading, viewing and accessing is always safe for your device. Likewise, if you receive a suspicious email that you think or know doesn’t look right, and it’s asking for personal information, such as Bank details, then NEVER enter the details. This is called a Phishing scam, where people will try and act like a business or corporation to get your details. If you are unsure if an email is from the business or corporation then call their official number and ask for verification.
SECTION 2 - SECURITY TIPS
It’s vital that you remain safe online, and as such, your personal security needs to be effective. It’s imperative that you understand how to manage situations in which your personal security might have possibly been jeopardised.
2A - ANTIVIRUS
On most devices, you should have programs that look for viruses or malicious content. These are often referred to as antiviruses. Ensure that you regularly run these checks and keep your antivirus software up to date. The reason being is because this software can remove the malicious content from your device and therefore result in your device once again being clear of threats.
2B - LINKED ACCOUNTS
It is highly recommended to not have any of your accounts linked with social media - this includes Discord. If you happen to use Facebook to log in to Habbo then it’s suggested to change your password every month to 6 weeks. If you’re using an email to sign in to Habbo, then it’s advised to ensure it is in no way connected to your real-life social media or anything to where someone who has an intent to harm you can find your information.
2C - 2-STEP VERIFICATION
Lastly, it is strongly suggested for everyone to put a 2-Step Verification/2-Factor Authentication (2FA) on your email and all platforms where possible. What these do is create stronger security around your emails and platforms, by requiring that an additional password (it could be in the form of numbers) be used to access the email/account - this will make it harder for anyone to access your email or platform.
SECTION 3 - Virtual Private Network (VPN)
What’s a VPN you may ask? A Virtual Private Network, also known as a VPN, is used to keep your IP Address safe. Your IP Address is, basically, your postal address for your device, and as such, people can track your location through it. When a VPN is active your real location will still be there, however, the VPN will show your IP Address in a different country by taking it through encrypted ‘servers’. A VPN is suggested to be used when on Habbo, the webiste, and when you’re going to links you haven’t been to before. A good VPN to use is ZenMate or NordVPN.
DOD strongly recommends the use of VPNs.
SECTION 4 - HOW TO STAY SAFE
Your safety and information is something we take very seriously and we’re here to make sure it’s always safe. A reminder that simple security improvements are:
2-Step Verification on your emails
Changing your Facebook password since joining Habbo (only do this if you use Facebook to log in)
Making sure the email you use to log in isn’t connected to anything that can put your information in jeopardy
Run regular antivirus checks.
If you feel that your private information could be in danger or if you are in danger yourself. Please make sure to do the following:
Make all your social media private and only accessible by friends
Remove any listed family (such as on Facebook)
Change your passwords for everything important
If any of your accounts become compromised (hacked) then please contact the Department of Defense immediately.
Please, stay safe and secure. If you have any questions or concerns about certain issues, then please don’t hesitate to contact either the DOD or EOP or anyone who you believe can and will help you.