As WoW players, we are frequented by the idea that all of the hard work we put into our toons can disappear in a flash the moment our account is compromised. I'm sure you know of someone, maybe even a small crowd of people, that has been hacked and seen all of their gear destroyed or their toons deleted. The experience is harsh, and the process of recovery is a long and daunting task. So what can we do to help ensure we do not experience these issues first hand? Google offers a few options, and they're free. ;)
Head on over to the Google Pack front page where you will see a collection of software programs that you can install at no cost whatsoever. Among this excellent list are two key proggies that are a must-have for anyone looking to help secure their system: Spyware Doctor and Norton Security Scan. Both do a great job at catching potential risks and removing them without a hitch. In my experience, they are catching items even my corporate anti-virus program is missing. Not bad for a couple free programs!
So grab those programs asap and run those scans regularly. I'm sure you'll be happy with the result.