Old School Runescape players are always reminded that they need to make sure their OSRS Accounts are secure. Even with the protection of having to input the username and password, it is still not safe. Jagex further encourages players to strengthen the security by setting up the Runescape Authenticator and putting a Bank PIN. There are numerous suggestion and steps in their website as well as to how to protect OSRS Accounts.
Another unfortunate OSRS player got banned from the game because of using macro. Reaper789 from Reddit said that he did not use any of those and won’t do that knowing that Runescape 2007 Accounts will get banned. In short, he had no idea as to why Jagex detected usage of macro by his account. One thing that can be assumed, his account got hacked and that hacker used the macro resulting the punishment.
So was it Reaper789’s fault that his account got banned?
One good answer from his post came from SparroRS:
When you created the account, you agreed that you would be entirely responsible for the security of your account. Jagex outlines all the different ways to secure your account in the support centre as well as in game.
Your situation sucks indeed but at the end of the day, you were the one that failed to secure your account and through one method or another, allowed your information to become compromised, and as a result someone gained access to your account and used a macro on it.
I believe you didn’t macro, but your account did, therefore the ban is correct. Jagex have a way of going through hijacked and banned accounts to double check if the owner was in control of the account at the time of the offence. This is a process that you do not get notified about unless they happen to unban you.
There is nothing else you can do but to check your message centre every couple of weeks. Good luck.
I agree that Reaper789 should have done all the security measures for his account and not engage in any phishing sites. So everyone, keep safe from hackers!