It’s more fun to compete with your friends on CS:GO or Apex Legends if everyone is on the same instant messaging platform. For lots of people, having a platform to joke around, chat in general, and stream gameplay for friends is a crucial part of the game. If you’re a big fan of online games, you’ve probably already used Discord, which over the years has become the go-to communication channel for gamers. Some games and gaming platforms have their own Discord servers for finding teammates, contacting tech support, or just chatting.
As you might guess, though, it’s not only people with a shared hobby who are drawn to large communities; scammers, spammers, and trolls turn up as well. And if you don’t take care of your privacy and security settings beforehand, they can ruin the fun of playing or chatting on Discord. Here’s how to set up the messaging service properly.
Where to find the security and privacy settings on Discord
All of the options we need here are in the User settings menu. Click the gear icon underneath your list of friends and chats to open it.
How to protect your Discord account from hijacking
First, let’s deal with account security. If you have a simple password, set a new one — preferably a very long one (not sure how?). It helps to include numbers, a mix of capital and lowercase letters, and special characters, but length is the most important thing.
To change your Discord password on your computer: