I've got a confession to make.
I've been very stupid about how I secure my Hive account, for years now. If an attacker got ahold of my owner key and just changed it without stealing any money or changing my other keys (active/posting), after 30 days I'd lose my entire account and wouldn't be able to recover it.
Yeah, but, what are the odds of that actually happening?
Exactly, right? The chance that a bad actor has that much discipline is pretty close to zero. Surely they'd just steal the couple thousand dollars in my account and I'd realize that I need to recover my keys. Lesson learned. But still, even after "losing" hundreds of thousands of theoretical dollars to this poorly performing market, my account is obviously still worth a ton, and that's not even counting the underlying reputation of my account itself and how much income I make through blogging and whatever else.
So I finally set up Discord notifications using this bot.
It will immediately tell me when changes to my account are made.
This post will be a short tutorial of how to set it up.
Step 1: Get a Discord invite.
Step 2: Open DM with with bot.
You can also issue commands within the text channels, but most people prefer to simply talk to the bot directly in DMs.
Step 3: /register *account*
- Type '/register'
- Click the popup
If you try to register without that 'account' widget box showing it's not going to work. Make sure you register your account correctly and check your work by typing '/list'.
Step 4: /settings
With the /settings option the FRIDAY bot will give us a link to a website that allows us to customize the notifications it sends us. There are a ton of options here, and I only use the bot for a couple things because I don't want to be drowned out by notifications, but it can be set up any way the user wants.
There are a TON of options.
Scope them out.
See what you want.
Once the 'update' button is clicked everything should be all set.
Test it out by doing something that should trigger the bot.
And thus concludes the crash course.
Now if my owner key changes (it won't), I will get a notification in Discord and be alerted immediately. Surprisingly useful. I also have it set up to alert me whenever more than 1000 Hive exits my account among a couple other functions. But again, I don't want the bot to send me notifications very often so I keep the notifications to a minimum for my personal setup.
Bots like this have a lot of off-chain utility that can much more easily help us manage our WEB3 accounts and keep them safe and organized. I wrote this post because I'm guessing a lot of people out there don't even know it exists, let alone how to use it. Hopefully this will help someone.
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