Security on QuakeNet
Over at Quakenet we thought we should remind you, our users, of a few important things that affect your security when using our network. We take security very seriously, and although we work very hard to ensure our users are as safe as possible, you yourselves can take measures against auth phishers and generally nasty people.
- Hide your IP Address
This is an often overlooked feature - but if you hide your IP address, people will not be able to do anything nasty to you (such as denial of service attacks) unless they get your IP address from somewhere else. Simply use /mode yournickname +x when authed to Q to hide your IP.
- Phishing attacks
Unfortunately there are nasty people out there who would love to steal the password to your Q account and probably any channels you own. Of course, Q reminds you every time that you should not give your Q account password to ANYONE, not even Quakenet Staff. Please ignore any messages you get asking you to change your password. Report these to #help immediately and we can deal with them for you. Also, please do not type any strange looking commands, if you do not understand what a command does - do not type it! Ask #help if in doubt.
- Keep your details up to date with Q.
If you were to lose or forget your Q password, you can request it to be sent to your registered E-mail address. But, if you have changed this or can no longer get to that email address, we will not be able to recover your Q account for you. So, please keep your email address current on Q - see /msg Q help email on IRC.
- Do not forget about our FAQs!
We have spent a lot of time writing our Frequently Asked Questions section to help with the common problems and questions about Quakenet and IRC. Before asking #help, take a look at the FAQs first. This goes double for the Security FAQ which contains further details and useful hints and tips to keep yourselves safe and secure on our network.
Of course if there are any questions which are not covered by the FAQs, feel free to ask in #help at any time. We would prefer seeing you asking a silly question that keeps you safe, rather than having to retrieve stolen accounts and channels! :)