If you’ve ever been the victim of hackers or phishing attacks, you know how quickly things can go from awesome to awful.
In this article, we will talk about how to stay safe on Discord. This app boasts over 140 million active monthly users and is used for everything from gaming and socializing to school and professional interactions.
With so many users on the platform, gaining access to Discord accounts can be incredibly beneficial to hackers. For example, there was a recent problem with Discord servers connected to the NFT market that caused a lot of people to lose money. This was done through bots posting a message designed to scam users into buying into fake NFT projects.
Discord bots are the most prevalent way for hackers to spread malware and gain access to valuable information. As a regular Discord user, you might wonder, can discord bots hack you?
Will Discord Bots Hack You?
The short answer is no, not usually. The long answer is a bit more complicated.
Popular Discord bots, like DynoBot, CarlBot, or MEE6, are generally fine. Many Discord servers use these and other auto moderation bots to take care of tasks, like welcome messages or role assignments, that would otherwise overburden Discord moderators.
In order to perform their roles, Discord bots will need to be given certain admin perms that will allow them to manage the tasks they were installed to do.
However, creating a bot for Discord is not an incredibly difficult task for someone with sufficient programming knowledge. This means that there are quite a few bots available for servers to install, and not all of them are for good.
Luckily, a Discord bot cannot directly access or steal your private information. What they can do is record and save any public information (anything shared in your Discord account profile) and messages posted in a Discord server.
Do Hackers Use Bots to target Discord Users?
Discord bots usually aren’t created to specifically target an individual, so unless you have a nemesis that wants to mess with you specifically, you’re probably fine.
A Discord bot being used for ill intent generally hopes to do so by posting malicious links that can infect Discord users with malware or remote access trojans. These types of malicious code will allow hackers to access personal information and potentially damage your computer system.
Can Bots access your Discord Account?
A Discord bot cannot access your Discord account information unless you give it permission to do so. Most Discord bots will not ask for anything like this, and you should disable any bot that does.
The way bots can gain access to your account is by tricking you into downloading malware from phishing links posted in spam messages in the Discord app.
In order to hack people, spread malware, and gain access to personal information from you other users, a Discord bot will need to be able to post in a Discord server and get you to go to their malicious website.
How to Prevent Discord Bots From Hacking You
Any activity over the internet comes with some risk. However, below are some precautions you can take to avoid being the victim of a phishing scams or viruses.
- Avoid Phishing Emails and Suspicious Links
- Enable Two Factor Authentication
- Use the Discord Safety Filter
- Update Your Anti-Malware Suite
While there is no guarantee your device or PC will not be compromised, these steps will help keep you as safe as you can be. In general, use common sense before clicking on a link or message from someone you do not recognize.
Can Discord Bots Hack You on Your iOS or Android Device?
Just like on your desktop or laptop computer, a Discord bot cannot obtain your personal information on your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.
Bots can send messages in Discord that will infect your device with trojan horses or other malicious software that will allow them to target your account.
Can You Hack a Discord Bot?
Discord bots cannot be modified by any users that do not have the bot’s token, an authorization code that is given to the creator/owner of the bot in the Discord Dev Portal. This keeps trusted bots safe from being hacked by others attempting to steal accounts or other malicious activity.
If you are trying to hack a Discord bot, the best advice is simply don’t.
Attempting to gain access to, modify, exploit code, or otherwise harm a bot created by another user is a federal crime. You can have your account permanently banned and can face jail time if you do.
What Should I Do if My Discord Account is Compromised?
Despite our best efforts, sometimes the worst can happen.
If your account is compromised or you have downloaded malicious software:
Change your password immediately
Inform the Discord security experts
Tell your friends so they can protect their own accounts
Tell other users and admins in the server about the attack
Run a virus scan to remove any malware
These steps will help to make sure your accounts are no longer vulnerable to the hackers and will allow others to take steps to prevent any further spread of Discord malware.