Jagex has added a free new security feature for RuneScape players to take advantage of to help prevent unauthorized access to their accounts. The new Jagex Account Guard (J.A.G.), allows players that choose to enable the feature the option of authorizing the game on specific devices. If an account is accessed from an unregistered device, the player will have to go through additional layers of validation to ensure that the account is not being hijacked.

You can learn more about the new feature in the official J.A.G. FAQ.

RuneScape introduces enhanced security for player accounts

RuneScape allows players to register trusted devices to their account to add an additional layer of security

Cambridge, UK - Tuesday  11th September 2012 – Jagex, the creators of the hugely popular and multi-award winning free-to-play online adventure game – RuneScape.com, today announced details of Jagex Account Guardian (J.A.G) -  a new free security feature that provides enhanced account security to protect RuneScape players from unauthorized game access commonly known as ”hijacking”.

Once enabled by players, J.A.G will allow players to associate specific trusted devices with their account to provide security beyond the traditional username/password.  Players can enable J.A.G  through their account settings on the RuneScape.com website, thereby helping to ensure their RuneScape account, and valuable in-game items are secure.

"Ensuring the integrity and security of our valued community’s information has always been a top priority for us, this recent update serves to strengthen the number of other innovative countermeasures we have developed over the past years" said Mark Gerhard, CEO of Jagex.  “Unfortunately a lot of people tend to use the same username and password on other websites, many of these are not well managed from a security standpoint and end up becoming compromised, others are simply phishing websites intended to steal player credentials, sadly the industry also has a very long list of high profile games publishers that have been hacked resulting sensitive customer account information being in the public domain”,  Gerhard went on to add, "Our players put a significant investment of both time and effort into their RuneScape accounts so it’s incumbent on us to remain at the very forefront of protecting their investment.

Once a player has enabled the Jagex Account Guardian, if their account is accessed from an unregistered device the player will have to go through additional layers of validation  to ensure that the account is not being hijacked.

RuneScape is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most popular free-to-play massively multiplayer online game. Launched in 2001, RuneScape is played by millions of people around the world every day and recently celebrated the epic milestone of exceeding 200 million player accounts.

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About RuneScape

RuneScape is the world’s most popular free-to-play online adventure game (as recognised by Guinness World Records) from award-winning independent British development studio Jagex.

Set in a vivid and detailed fantasy world, RuneScape’s universe and narrative proudly draws its inspiration from classic role-playing games, delivering an innovative and original experience for millions of players worldwide every day. RuneScape is totally free-to-play, with a popular subscription option of even greater scale and ambition, both running directly within almost any computer’s browser.

Players are not restricted by character classes and with its open-world gameplay there are no limits to the hero players can become. All quests are accessible to all and player-versus-player combat is an optional experience.

RuneScape’s witty tone, finely balanced gameplay, epic questing and completely open world combine to create a game that has earned its place as the most popular free-to-play online adventure game of all time and continues to push the boundaries as the World’s Greatest Adventure.

About Jagex

Jagex is a multi-award winning online games developer based in Cambridge, England. Jagex specialises in the development of high quality browser-based games with supporting platform and technology. Jagex is also the largest independent games developer and publisher in the UK.

Jagex has a long-standing reputation for creating the world's best online games and for developing hugely popular, high quality, accessible, free-to-play games and for providing an unbeatable community experience for millions of players around the world. Jagex has developed and self-published over 40 online titles, including the world's most popular free multiplayer online game, RuneScape.com.

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