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This part of the official manual is copyrighted by Jagex. It is copied verbatim from the RuneScape website and may not accurately reflect the current version of RuneScape Classic.
This text dates to 5 December 2002.

Security Tips - These are IMPORTANT don't ignore them!Edit

1. Do NOT tell other players personal information. Not even if they claim to be Jagex staff! The RuneScape chat is not encrypted and therefore must not EVER be used to send sensitive information.

  • Don't tell ANYONE your password ever!
  • Don't tell others your password recovery-questions
  • Don't tell others your real name, email, ICQ number, credit-card details, etc...

2. Never enter your password or recovery-questions into ANY website other than runescape.com or runescape.co.uk. You should NOT use the same password at every website you visit, this is very dangerous! Your RuneScape password should be different to all your other passwords, and ONLY used for RuneScape.

3. Watch out for fake websites! There are websites which looks very similar to runescape.com but STEAL your password. Don't trust a site just because it looks official.

  • RuneScape cheat sites - There are NO RuneScape cheats. These are fakes!
  • RuneScape staff sites - We do not have secret sites on which you can become an admin or moderator! These are fakes!
  • RuneScape surveys - Our official surveys NEVER require a password
  • RuneScape chat boards/rooms - Don't use your RuneScape password on these sites! Use a DIFFERENT password or you will regret it!
  • RuneScape test servers - Watch out for fake servers. If in doubt create a NEW account, rather than risking your main character.

4. Watch out for fake emails, and fake staff! There are many people pretending to be Jagex Staff or impersonating me. It is easy to forge emails, so don't trust an email just because it looks official. Real staff will NEVER ask you for your password!.

  • We never send emails saying we need your password to check you aren't cheating!
  • We never send emails saying we need your recovery-questions to check you didn't steal the account.
  • We never send emails saying we need your password to let you join the Jagex staff.
  • We never send emails offering to let you test new features or servers. These are fakes!

5. Do NOT share your RuneScape account with anyone else! Not even your best friend! A HUGE number of players have lost their account this way. Not only is this an extremly[sic] stupid thing to do, it's also against the rules. So we won't help you when you come crying to us!

6. Don't use unofficial RuneScape addons. There are programs which claim to make RuneScape easier or better, but actually STEAL your password. Not only is using these programs extremely risky, it's also against the rules.

7. When entering your password make sure nobody is standing behind you watching you type it in! You wouldn't believe how often this happens! Please be careful.

  • Make sure your computer is secure! Most windows distributions are NOT secure unless you take some basic precautions
  • If you use windows get the latest updates and security fixes for your computer from www.windowsupdate.com This is a MUST!
  • Install some up to date anti-virus software. I personally use Norton-Antivirus. Alternatively you can get a free virus scanner from www.grisoft.com
  • Install a firewall to protect your computer from external attacks. You can get free firewall software from www.zonealarm.com
  • Be very careful about what programs you run to avoid a trojan being installed on your machine. For more information about trojans, and how to remove them see www.hackfix.org


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