Keeping your Minecraft account SAFE (Updated 1st September 2014)

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  1. b0xx3r

    b0xx3r Ed the Social Panda Hive Owner

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    Short version:

    We will NEVER add you on Skype or PM you on the forums to ask you to click links, accept files, tell us your password.

    NEVER CLICK LINKS (Even if you think it's an owner/mod/friend)
    NEVER ACCEPT FILES (Even if you think it's an owner/mod/friend)
    NEVER TELL ANYONE YOUR PASSWORD - EVER, EVER, EVER!

    - There is NO such thing as a link to get unbanned.

    Be aware of FAKE skype account pretending to be owners/mods/friends.

    DO spread the word of this thread so people stay SAFE! (Even if they don't play on the Hive)
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    Feedback and Purchase History
    Recently, the Hive has introduced two websites for the community that require you verify your identity by entering your Minecraft Details, the sites are:
    When you log in to either of the sites above, you will be sent to: https://secure.hivemc.com to enter your details.
    Both of these websites are secured by top of the line security, as can be verified by the small lock icon in Firefox:
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    or the big green bar in Chrome:
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    (Other browsers may vary how they show this information)

    Our secure.hivemc.com website is protected by 128 bit encryption, and the website's identity is validated by an SSL certificate issued by Comodo, one of the worlds leading Internet Security providers. Any details entered at secure.hivemc.com are safe.

    The Hive NEVER remembers your password. The information you enter in to the form is sent to Mojang for verification, and then Mojang sends back a "Yes" or "No" message to us. This is the same as using a launcher such as MagicLauncher, or Modpacks such as FeedTheBeast which operate in the same way.

    Only ever access the sites by manually typing their address yourself, or by clicking one of the links above. Do not click on links claiming to be these sites sent by other users to you.
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    Long version:

    Hey Bees!

    We are aware of a number of users attempting to steal players account details by means of confidence tricks and phishing links. Please follow the information in this thread to ensure that you aren't caught out.

    The first and most common method for these users trying to steal details is by contacting players via the fake Skype accounts below:

    So far we are aware of 56 accounts (but there may be more).
    Last account added to the list 22/05/2015 by @BlueEyedPanda
    --- THESE ARE FAKE ACCOUNTS!!! ---
    • fabricjason
    • officialguggex
    • itsedbariow
    • itseddbarlow
    • tvveevo.matt
    • mininganddining
    • williamhivebarlow09
    • candy.ftw
    • Ross.rwjp
    • Alpakawhacker
    • paulinehivemod
    • hiveshop
    • link.koriri
    • guggexhive
    • hive.jason
    • tvvevo.matt
    • thehivemc - (The actual Skype for interviews' is similarly named But they WILL NOT ask you for your Minecraft details or ask you to go to a link to fill in information!)
    • CandyFTWu
    • matt.ajax
    • will.barrow1
    • will.barrow
    • willbarrowstuff
    • clankstar332211
    • dorky.candy4719
    • ed.b0xx3r
    • hive.ed
    • itsedberlow
    • b0xx3red
    • b0xx3rhive
    • hivemcstaff
    • thehivemc.shop
    • shop.hivemc.com
    • eu.hivemc.com
    • minecraft.hivemc
    • thehive.net
    • thehive.network
    • thehive-net
    • thehive-network
    • thehive_net
    • thehive_network
    • will.barllow.private
    • billwarlow
    • will.barlow70
    • will.barlow412
    • modapplications.thehivemc
    --- THESE ARE FAKE ACCOUNTS!!! ---

    The second method is random forum users sending links and PMs via our forums.

    These users end a PM including one of a number of common messages. We are currently aware of the following:​
    • The user congratulates you on becoming a moderator, or asks you whether you want to become a moderator and asks you to download a program and login with your Minecraft password, or login to a website with your Minecraft password. The links/files are usually named something like "hive-staff.exe" or "Staff Panel"
    • The user claims that you are going to be banned for an offense such as disrespecting an owner, spam, foul language etc, and tells you to login to a website with your Minecraft password to not be banned. The links/files are usually named something like "hive-bans.exe" or "Hive Ban Panel"
    • The user sends a link to the Optifine website claiming that you can claim a free optifine cape by logging in with your Minecraft password
    • The user sends a link to the Minecraft website claiming that you can claim your 1.8 username by logging in with your Minecraft password
    • The user claims to be from the Hive Shop, offering discounts on products and sends you a false PayPal account.
    DO NOT ACCEPT THESE FILES OR CLICK THE LINKS

    Entering your details into these programs or links WILL lead to your Minecraft account being stolen along with any other accounts that use the same email and password and potentially leave other programs running on your computer.

    NONE of the members of staff listed above have any reason to contact you for any of these reasons, especially the owners, who do not add random members of the community on Skype at any time. In the case of the false Will Barlow account, HE WILL HAVE VERIFIED WHICH SKYPE ACCOUNT HE WILL ADD YOU ON TO DISCUSS MOD APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS. DO NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING ELSE.

    Another easy way to spot these is to keep an eye on the quality of English used. Most of the users sending these links do not speak English as a first language, and lack basic spelling and grammar in their messages. All of the staff members listed above are native English speakers, or speak it as fluently as if it was a first language.

    If you have received these PMs/downloaded the file already, run a virus scan immediately, change all of your passwords to all of your accounts (email, skype, minecraft, facebook, youtube, banking etc) and delete and block the user. If you see these links on the forums, use the "Report" functionality to alert the staff team immediately.

    Please be very careful, only accept Skype requests from players you know. Ask to talk to them on teamspeak or something to confirm that they really are who they say they are, and NEVER accept files via Skype from ANYONE. Similarly, do NOT trust bit.ly links posted on the forums unless you are absolutely certain that the user posting them is legitimate.​

    Thanks,
    Ed, Youri, Matt and Denise

    (Many thanks to the Senior Staff Team for compiling the information in this post)
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  2. RottenNugget

    RottenNugget V.I.BEE

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    thanks for the warning
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    xExtoni Talk of the Town

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    Thanks you c:
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  4. Likeacraft

    Likeacraft Talk of the Town

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    thanks 4 le warning
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  5. Alexayy

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    Thanks for the warning, b0xx3r
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    Camillakliplev Talk of the Town

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    o_o
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  7. FrozenKiana123

    FrozenKiana123 Regular Bee

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    Oh jeez, Sucks to whoever fell for it D:
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  8. Gleydar

    Gleydar The Bees Knees

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    And let's hope that less people will fall for these tricks now :) (Little Tip: If any Sr. Mod / Mod is adding you, you can always send them a PM on the forums and ask if its really him / her)
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  9. ExxPlore

    ExxPlore The Bees Knees

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    I love how motherly Hive handles us <3
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    AMCN13 Talk of the Town

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    Pro Hacks
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  11. LeoLL

    LeoLL Regular Bee

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    Thank u, i write to all users a message to this post! ;)
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  12. AnOrdinaryGirl

    AnOrdinaryGirl The Bees Knees

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    Oh wow, wasn't aware of this. Thanks for the warning!!!
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  13. Likeacraft

    Likeacraft Talk of the Town

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    OH GOD the alerts unwatch unwatch!!!111
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  14. xIReact

    xIReact The Bees Knees Emerald Member

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    Thank you Ed c:
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  15. MichiMichiMC

    MichiMichiMC The Bees Knees Emerald Member

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    Thanks for the warning :)
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  16. Meteoritman

    Meteoritman NewBee

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    thx for the warning ;)
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    Mr_Luka The Bees Knees

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    Thanks for warning us.
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    Agerabo Talk of the Town

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    Thanks for the warning.
    Very useful tip:
    Use common sence :D
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    Snorlaxstar The Bees Knees VIP

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  20. AnimeAnnemarie

    AnimeAnnemarie Animator? #themcustomtitles

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    So sad that people have to steal accounts...I wonder what childhood traumas they went through that they have to act out like this online and get that feeling of pure, intense joy when they once again steal another persons online life from them. Very, very pathetic.
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