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@Hamtaro, Big Stingman, and Nomrombom, by your logic, it would be perfectly fine to have passwords that are in binary, because 111101001010101010101011110101000001010101010111111101010100000010101010101010101111111110101010101010111111110000110001010010101110100110101110101110101011010100101011110101101101011001010101110 is just as secure as any good password.

Face it, it's a lot easier to add in symbols and numbers.

Nomrombom, my password that is 50% shorter is apparently 4456% more secure, because as a windows password, I can use symbols and numbers.



Also, and what is up with that "[consider elaborating]"? If the writers so rushed they can't even remove editorial comments, they should get 2 weeks to write articles. Personally, I found the Pro-Melee bias article a good start, but lacking focus and elaboration, as the bracketes showed.

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binary passwords lol, I like it

Interestingly, the biggest fault in these "how secure is your password" calculations is they assume people know how LONG your password is. I could have a password of "." and it's just as secure as a hundred letter chain simply because it is still just 1 possible combination, just as "YoudOnTspEllT3hasT3hunlessYouusedToSayTehLots!!!1!!1!" is just one combination. if every brute forcer was going to start with every 1 letter combination first then yes it's very bad, but do they start with 1 because it's easy? do they start with 5 because it's common? It's not only about the security of your password, but of all passwords possible.

As for your pc security: don't get complacent thinking you are secure. I run 2 (good) antispywares and a decent antivirus, do regular manual checks in key locations, registry and process checks, and I knew more about computers 15 years ago than most will know in their lives. Even I get something breaking through sometimes, it just means I'm much better equipped to deal with it before it becomes a problem. The last 2 major ones i had, believe it or not, came in through microsoft update (they arent 100% secure either and they have more resources than me), and being a microsoft product when the antispywares tried to stop it the windows defender decided that the antispywares were a threat and killed them. I was lucky enough to notice it real time (first thing I did was pull out the network cable and go standalone) and I was lucky to be able to fight it off but it does happen. I had a friend who was less lucky: swore blindly his Norton 360 said he was clean. After much bullying and getting some antispywares that were actually worth their binary he turned out to have 74 different spywares. Never trust a single antispyware fully: there are more people writting malicious code than are writing defensive code. In this age where we have increasingly powerful PCs (except for you laptop users) it is worth the tiny performance impact to have that extra layer of protection
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Comp cape might encourage shorter easier quest for people wanting to get cape back asap - i think they stopped with long list of items for quest about over a year ago... i kinda like it that way- the objective thing now shows the reward+ items needed sorta like every other mmo sorta.....but atleast it will prevent "omfg i got this far and need 3 iron bars and some logs??"

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Comp cape might encourage shorter easier quest for people wanting to get cape back asap - i think they stopped with long list of items for quest about over a year ago... i kinda like it that way- the objective thing now shows the reward+ items needed sorta like every other mmo sorta.....but atleast it will prevent "omfg i got this far and need 3 iron bars and some logs??"


It is annoying having to go back and forth between the bank and a quest area because you keep needing more items, but tbh i prefer it over being spoonfed everything. A quest is supposed to consist of an adventurer helping someone who cannot help themselves, and not an idiot being taken advantage of by someone who's too lazy to do a simple job.

A good quest is one where you to think, and do things on your own. Look at mep2, for instance. You need to recharge the defenses of the temple of light. Are you told how? No. Is Arianwyn following you everywhere, so you can ask him for help if you get stuck? No. When Thorgel wants you to get him supplies, he actually wants you to gather supplies and bring them to him, not deliver a pre-made package via Postie Pete.

And also, the reward for quests, especially those with complex storylines, is meant to be and added bonus in addition to the satisfaction of completing a quest and advancing the plot of the game. It is not supposed to make up for the xp lost doing the quest instead of training, and it is definitely not supposed to be the goal. Showing the reward at the beginning makes doing the quest for the sake of doing the quest pointless.
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Y'know, I've always thought magical orbs would be a lot better than staves. Have the character hold, say, the orb of fire, for an increased defence against the opposite element (water) and infinite fire runes. That would circumvent the attack req completely.

Staff of light? Just make a really funk kind of orb with a metal frame. You could clobber someone with it, but that wouldn't be very effective when it's clearly brimming with Icyene magic.

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binary passwords lol, I like it

Interestingly, the biggest fault in these "how secure is your password" calculations is they assume people know how LONG your password is. I could have a password of "." and it's just as secure as a hundred letter chain simply because it is still just 1 possible combination, just as "YoudOnTspEllT3hasT3hunlessYouusedToSayTehLots!!!1!!1!" is just one combination. if every brute forcer was going to start with every 1 letter combination first then yes it's very bad, but do they start with 1 because it's easy? do they start with 5 because it's common? It's not only about the security of your password, but of all passwords possible.

As for your pc security: don't get complacent thinking you are secure. I run 2 (good) antispywares and a decent antivirus, do regular manual checks in key locations, registry and process checks, and I knew more about computers 15 years ago than most will know in their lives. Even I get something breaking through sometimes, it just means I'm much better equipped to deal with it before it becomes a problem. The last 2 major ones i had, believe it or not, came in through microsoft update (they arent 100% secure either and they have more resources than me), and being a microsoft product when the antispywares tried to stop it the windows defender decided that the antispywares were a threat and killed them. I was lucky enough to notice it real time (first thing I did was pull out the network cable and go standalone) and I was lucky to be able to fight it off but it does happen. I had a friend who was less lucky: swore blindly his Norton 360 said he was clean. After much bullying and getting some antispywares that were actually worth their binary he turned out to have 74 different spywares. Never trust a single antispyware fully: there are more people writting malicious code than are writing defensive code. In this age where we have increasingly powerful PCs (except for you laptop users) it is worth the tiny performance impact to have that extra layer of protection


I had spyware come through a windows update as well. Luckily, most of the programs that target RS are very rudimentary. It's fairly hard to be compromised.
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yeah, this wasnt something targetting rs. This actually locked my our of task manager, registry, and most of explorer, disabled all security and tried to start copying my files.

Step 1 was pull the network cable out. Step 2 was use hijack this to get registry access back, and then it was a fight between me deleteing it and it trying to rewrite itself in. In the end it took 4 days solid to recover...and i was in a bad mood.

Always have a backup. a registry entry can cut your access to regedit, but there are some tools that let you recover that.
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