How To Keep Your EA/Origin Account Safe

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Recently, reports of EA/Origin accounts being blocked due to alleged hacking/phishing incidents involving FIFA game have surfaced online. 

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There's more if you search on Google and it appears this has been happening for a while now.  While EA hasn't completely fixed it, there are things you can do to avoid becoming a victim, too.

SECURELY SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT

Create a strong, unique password
  • Use a password that is 8-16 characters long which is a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters (!,@,#,$,etc.).
  • Do not use the same password to your other online accounts (email, social media, etc.)
  • Avoid using generic passwords that are easy to guess such as your user name,gamer tags, date of birth, anniversaries, etc.)
  • Never attach or leave emails that contain information about your password. Make a note of your password by writing it down, and then delete anything online that may reveal it.
  • Periodically change your passwords and keep note of them in a safe place.
  • If you need to reset your password, take note of the website where you are doing the reset. Make sure it is the official EA / Origin / Steam website.

USE EA/STEAM LOGIN VERIFICATION FOR ADDED PROTECTION  

Origin/EA
Turn on Login Verification through your EA Account Security Settings menu. You'll be asked for a verification code whenever you try to login to your account. This measure prevents others from accessing your accounts. EA will send the code via text message, email, or app authenticator (depends on how you have set it up). You will be provided with backup codes and it is recommended that you write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

Steam
Download and setup Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator on your phone and get a code for authentication every time you try to login to your Steam account. Verify your contact email address with Steam.  Be wary of users who would add you to their friends and those who will request CD Key information, credit card purchase, or any account information. Do not click suspicious links from another user or anyone online. Make sure that you are on Steam's official site before entering any information about your account. 

USE ONLY TRUSTED DEVICES
When you login to your account, check the box for "Remember this device" on the screen where you enter your Login Verification code to make that device a trusted one.  You can check out the trusted devices on your account from your Security Settings.  Regularly check your trusted devices list and remove devices that you are unfamiliar with or are no longer using.

Keep all your trusted devices (mobile, pc, mac, console) safe by using passcodes for your screens.

Avoid, as much as possible, logging in to your account on devices that you don't own, such as those in internet cafes, or a friend's / acquaintance's, or anyone you don't fully trust.  If you ever need to use a public computer, use it with caution. Don't save your login information and delete the browser cache after you logout.

Add a secondary email to your EA Account in order to regain access to your account in case it gets locked out.

KEEP YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION PRIVATE
Never share your account information with anyone whether in person or online.  Remember that EA will never ask for your login information nor contact your console messaging system for any reason.

KEEP YOUR ANTIVIRUS AND MALWARE PROTECTION UP-TO-DATE
Make sure you have the latest antivirus and malware updates for your computer and software.  Scan your device regularly for any potential threats to your computer's security.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ACCOUNT MAY HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED
Change your password right away and immediately notify EA with as much detail as you can provide. Check your games library for anything suspicious or missing games, as well as your purchase history for any suspicious activity as well.

Remember: Prevention is always better than cure.

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