League of Legends is a fantastic multiplayer online battle arena that provides plenty of action.
There are several reasons why someone would want to hack into your League of Legends Account.
One reason is purely destructive. There are quite a few malicious folks out there who have nothing more to do than to either hack your account to keep you from enjoying the game or gain control of your computer.
The other main reason is financial. Although Riot Games does everything possible to discourage it, some people simply do not want to spend the time and energy to reach the higher levels of League of Legends. So they buy accounts, often stolen, for big money.
However, a stolen account does happen less because of the tight security that Riot Games has, but viruses and malicious pop-ups are pretty common.
Signs your account has been compromised include:
- You receive a ransomware message
- There are fake antivirus messages on your screen even if you have virus protection installed.
- Your browser suddenly has new toolbars you didn’t install.
- Your searches are redirection to another site
- You suddenly get a lot of pop-up messages
- Your online password is not working even though it is typed in correctly.
Naturally, you will want to contact customer support to resolve the issues, but there are plenty of things you can do to keep your account safe.
1. Enable and use multi-factor authentication
It’s new, but Riot Games officially announced the launch of multi-factor authentication in January 2022. Multi-factor authentication protects your password, your account, your payment information, and your champions and collections. Two things to note. The first is that multi-factor authentication is an optional add-on. There are definite steps you need to take.
Also, be aware that multi-factor authentication only works when you log in through a Riot Games Portal. If you log in with Garena or any other 3rd party portal, multi-factor authentication will not take effect.
The way multi-factor authentication works is that every time you attempt to log in you will be sent an email with a 6-digit code. You generally need to provide this code in order to log in.
We say generally because you have the option of logging in once, which lasts for an entire 30 days, but most people choose to receive an authentication code email every time. It’s safer that way.
In order to enable multi-factor authentication, you have to have verified your email previously. Once you have verified your email address, then simply Sign in to your Riot account page and go to the Security tab.
Next, locate the 2-factor authentication card and click the resent email button.
Click the Resend email button. Then go to your email to retrieve the security code.
If you don’t see it, be sure and check your spam filter.
Navigate to the inbox of your connected email address.
Find and open the MFA email you received from Riot games.
(If you don’t see the email in your inbox, check the spam folder.)
Finally, click the enable two-factor authentication button.
2. Select a secure password
If you choose not to use the 2-factor authentication service Riot Games provides, then do the very next thing and select a secure password.
You would be amazed at how insecure many people choose to make their passwords. Besides using their birthdays and the name of their kids, many people create passwords such as qwerty, password, 123456, picture1, and an entire host of others, all passwords that can easily be cracked through the use of simple brute force password breakers.
If you are not going to use two-factor authentication, then use a password manager to ensure your password is secure.
3. Protect your email account
Next, make sure your email account is also protected. Hopefully, you will also use a password manager for your email, but this is not enough.
Many hackers obtain your email through social engineerings, such as sending you a bogus email from Riot Games.
Riot Games does indeed send you emails, but unless the email is from the following domains:
@umail.accounts.riotgames.com then the email is bogus. Send in a ticket to support if you receive such an email.
In addition, whenever you play League of Legends outside of your home, then be sure and sign off at the end of the day. And even if you just step away from your computer for a minute, be sure and sign off.
4. Do not share your account
Never share your Riot account with someone else, even if it’s a member of your family. And remember that rank boosting, account trading, profile sharing, and other activities violate Riot Games Terms of Service.
Engaging in such activities is a sure way to get your account locked or terminated.
5. Install quality antivirus software
Finally, be sure and install reputable antivirus software on your gaming device.
Riot Games does recommend any particular antivirus software, but without it, you are in for a world of hurt.
Remember that the same skills that allow a player to be a great League of Legends player also allow them to be great hackers.
Not only can they access your League of Legends account, but they also may tap into your credit card details.