Hacked or stolen?

“My account was hacked!” That’s not something you want to hear from your kid. The thought of it is nasty too: Some stranger has invaded your child’s privacy and is roaming around in the account doing who-knows-what.

When someone goes to kids’ accounts, it rarely has anything to do with hacking. Hacking means that someone broke the code or password in order to access the account. Normally you hear about hacking when government websites have been taken over or business databases have been broken into. Those acts can have serious consequences to both the target and the hacker.

Picture: Welina, a user of goSupermodel.fi

Picture: Welina, user of goSupermodel

correct term is stealing

But why would anyone hack into your kid’s account?

Normally the correct term would be stealing. Most invasions to kids’ accounts happen because someone – usually a peer, sometimes even a friend – got the kid to reveal their password. And we all know that logging in by typing in a password has nothing to do with hacking.

The kids who want to get into others accounts can be sneaky. They can promise something so good in exchange for the password that it’s hard to say no even if the alarm bells are ringing. And after all, kids are just kids: Every year thousands of grown-ups fall for the most basic email scams (ever gotten the Nigerian prince offering you his inheritance?) so how could the kids be any smarter?

Why would anyone hack into your kid’s account?

Contact the admins

Still, the account is now in someone else’s hands. If you can access the account, change the password immediately or contact the site administrators. It’s a good idea to change the kid’s email account password as well, and all the websites where they used the same password. That way the intruder can not come back.

Many service providers like to know of suspicious activity that has happened on their site, so don’t hesitate to contact the administrators! Here at watAgame, in most cases we can give the account back to its rightful owner and even find and punish the wrongdoer.

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About the author:

Silja Nielsen, watAgame

Silja Nielsen is Head of Community and Safety at watAgame. She has been a watAgamer since 2010. Silja has a master’s degree in Media Studies and is interested in privacy, online behaviour and online communities.

  • Madness på MOMIO

    January 26, 2015 at 17:54

    På momio börjar ett rykte om att en hackare är där och härjar, det är läskigt om någon blir hackad. Kan ni på watagame kolla upp detta?

    • watAgame

      January 27, 2015 at 12:45

      Den här typens rykten dyker upp då och då, men det finns inte riktiga hackare på Momio eller goSupermodel. Däremot menar många att dom blivit hackade även om det är de själva som uppgett sitt lösenord.

      Tyvärr finns det alltså användare som ber om andras lösenord för att de vill stjäla deras konton och virtuella egendom. Ifall du märker att någon frågar om lösenord ska du alltid rapportera detta. Då kan vi ingripa allra snabbast.

      Om du följer de här råden behöver du inte vara orolig att någon ska stjäla ditt konto:

      1) Ge aldrig ditt lösenord till någon, inte ens till din bästis.

      2) Skapa inte ett konto på andra tjänster med samma användarnamn och lösenord som du har t.ex. på Momio.

      3) Kom ihåg att logga ut när du användar enheter som också andra använder.

  • Lisa

    October 11, 2015 at 10:21

    ok cool