I just read this thread and got scared (comments are the scary part):http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/08/29 ... -attempts/
Then I did some research and it turns out that many accounts have been hijacked already. I understand that most of the cases involve stupidity on behalf of the user of the account, but not always it seems.
Now, I know I might be paranoid with this, but I'm really worried about those "forced" hacks, so I just created a unique email address for GW2 as well as a unique, long-ass, strong password. Just to be safe.
Might be a good idea for someone else too, I dunno. I used my default email address before, which I have been using for years, and that is way too easy to get hold of. I really hope Anet gives us an authenticator soon. Better safe than sorry, especially if you plan to use credit card purchases.
This thread can be used to give any security advice for people, might be a good idea. I don't know much about that stuff myself, but any tips would be appreciated and promptly used. Let's hope I'm just fretting over nothing.
I apologize if a thread already exists on this subject.
EDIT -> ANet just released a statement, here it is in full in quotation marks (source IGN):"We are aware that emails requesting a password change have been sent to players without their having requested them. As always we encourage our gamers to be vigilant on receiving emails related to game accounts. Anyone with concerns should not click links within these emails but can change their password via the official support site.
As with all NCsoft online services, security remains a priority. We will be rolling out an e-mail authentication service shortly, and have been working on additional security measures that we roll out in the near future."
Well, I am at least happy about the additional security measures in the near future.