However, with its ever-growing number of user base, Discord has also attracted people with ill intentions of hacking into Discord servers and spreading harmful contents. Hackers would gain access to your account and personal information through click-baiting certain links that can be a window to harmful content that may vary in forms malware, spyware, adware, trojan, and the like; and with the intention of disclosing you personal information to third-party sites if not use it for illegal transactions, and/or implant viruses on your personal computer and compromise your data inside.
How to Hack Discord Servers
Hacking a Discord server is illegal and anyone caught in the act can be prosecuted to the full extent of the cybercrime law. And although Discord servers are highly protected and relatively safe, they can still be vulnerable to threats when certain users are not fully aware of how the system works. A Discord server can still be at risk of hacking if members are not careful with their actions and interactions inside the server. Hacking into a Discord server can be possible through the following:
In some cases, a user is prompted with an invite link to join or sign up to third-party sites that can exploit accounts and duplicate personal information like IP address, username, and password.
Some hackers camouflage as community members that upload executable files or a certain type of console within the server to corrupt both software and hardware parts of those who run the application being downloaded.
User-made bots that are programmed to alter roles and administrative access can also impose threats to a certain server. Admins should be careful in accepting and executing user-generated bots without properly checking the functions they can execute.
How to Prevent People from Hacking Your Discord Server
Prevent your Discord account from being hacked to avoid unfortunate events like depletion of active members and the spreading of explicit and harmful content inside your server. Primarily, admins should be responsible for protecting and upholding data privacy inside a given server. Here are some methods to prevent people from hacking your Discord server:
Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) during Sign up
Two-factor authentication is a better way to secure your account by having a second form of confirmation that will help better recognize that it’s really you using the account logged into. For example, apart from your email address, you can also add your personal mobile number.
No Direct Messages
When you join Discord public servers, make sure to choose the “Keep me Safe” option in the Safe Direct Messaging settings to avoid explicit and NSFW contents from entering your inbox. Also, do not allow direct messages from people you don’t really know especially when the server you’ve joined consists of thousands of users.
Spam Malicious Contents
Malicious contents and suspicious invite links are ways of possibly cracking a server. Steer clear away from servers with too many ads, or from those offering rewards of free Nitro subscriptions (they are usually bogus). Bots can also contribute to malicious content being spread within the server if it deems the information safe and risk-free (they’re not perfect).
Do not instantly utilize user-made or user-generated bots unless you personally know the people behind them. Some bots are programmed to intentionally alter server roles and admin access to deliberately hack and harm a server.
Turn-on protection in Privacy & Settings
You can also opt to turn on maximum protection and prevent worse scenarios by doing the following:
- Choose the “Keep me safe” option under Safe direct messaging to avoid malicious and explicit content piling up in your inbox.
- Turn ‘Off‘: Allow direct messages from server members.
- Turn ‘Off‘: Allow access to NSFW servers on iOS and Android (for mobile users)
- Turn ‘Off‘: Who can send you a friend request (for Everyone, Friends of friends, and other Server members)
What to do if Server is hacked or compromised?
If preventive measures did not work, here are some actions that you can do in case your server is already hacked and compromised:
File a Report to Discord Safety
The first piece of advice you should take is to immediately contact Discord Privacy and Safety. This Discord service allows server admins to report any suspicious activity and take necessary actions in order to prevent more damages and attempt to recover lost files and compromised functions within the server.
Clear Browser History and Auto-fill settings
For those who are using Discord via web browsers, clearing your history, cache, cookies, and auto-fill settings can generally help you get back on your feet. Resetting your browser to square one can delete viruses and threats to a certain extent.
If you still have control over your server, you can opt to change your password and choose to log out sessions from all devices. This will also prevent further exploitation of your server especially when hackers use an auto-generated filling of passwords.
Sign up for a new Server
In worst-case scenarios where the threat is already widespread and it’s also become impossible to recover, you can opt to delete the server and create a new one. This is a bit of a hassle, but if it’s the only option left, it’s still a wise choice rather than letting harmful people take full control of your server and use it for illegal activities.