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Neopets in the News: Security, The Future, and Doug Dohring
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on May 6, 2016, 3:16 pm NST

Neopets has been making the press quite a bit over this past week! Here's a summary of the various press appearances.

Another Day, Another Hack: Tens of Millions of Neopets Accounts (via Motherboard)

You've probably heard of this one by now. Back in 2012, there was a rather large-scale breach of personal Neopets account data. If you have not changed your password within the past 4 years, do so now.

Other ways to keep your account secure: use a unique password that you do not use on other websites, change that password every few months, use 2-factor authentication on your email if it's available, and update your PIN every few months.

Jumpstart has also posted this statement:

In order to be transparent with our players and fans, we want to inform you of recent reports that have come to our attention regarding an alleged data breach to our Neopets' account database in which a large amount of information from player accounts may have been leaked to third parties. To be clear, this is specific to the Usernames, Passwords, Email Addresses, Birthdates, and Countries tied to player accounts. It does NOT include credit card or payment information.

While we know news like this might be frustrating to our players to learn, we would like to assure all that this breach in security is linked to an incident that occurred in 2012, prior to JumpStart's acquisition of Neopets. In fact, account security has been elevated since Neopets joined the JumpStart family of games. After further investigation and some quick actions by our team, it is becoming clear that a number of the affected accounts are, in fact, inactive and in some cases have already been completely purged from our system.

Although, the impact of this database hack is limited to this single incident, we want all our players to know the facts surrounding these reports and also hope to encourage active players to take the necessary measures toward keeping their accounts secure. On our end, we plan to implement a password reset for all affected players (more info to come).

We appreciate your understanding and patience at this time and invite you to reach out to us through our normal support channels with any questions or concerns you might have regarding this incident or the security of your account. As a quick reminder to avoid facing any further account access related issues in the future, we recommend that you to never share account information to any parties beside TNT and that you keep your account information up to date, resetting your password regularly. Thank you.

It may also be a good time to skim through our Account Safety guide to make sure you're taking all the necessary precautions. This doesn't just apply to Neopets, by the way! All of your online accounts will benefit from these security tips.

Neopets: the nostalgia and future of Neopia (via Examiner)

This article is an exclusive interview with Alison Lord, better known as Country Queen, the editor of the Neopian Times. Several questions are asked about where Neopets has been and where it may be going. Unfortunately, nothing too groundbreaking or revealing is mentioned, but she does continue to mention the mobile-friendly direction:

Examiner: What does the future hold for the Neopets brand and universe?

Alison: Right now one of our main focuses is updating the site, to make it more mobile-friendly and improve the experience for both new and old users. From there I think more mobile applications are the next step, all the while continuing to bring new content to the site for users to enjoy.

Age of Learning, a quiet giant in education apps, raised $150M at a $1B valuation from Iconiq (via TechCrunch)

Last, but not least, an article about an old friend showed up on TechCrunch this week. Age of Learning, a company specializing in educational mobile apps, recently raised $150,000,000 in investments. They're consistently ranked the top educational apps in terms of downloads, and the company is valued at $1 billion.

How is this relevant to Neopets? It's a company that was founded by Doug Dohring, the CEO of Neopets before Viacom purchased the site. He seems to be doing quite well for himself nowadays, and his new company has a slew of Neopets vets in the leadership team.

Interestingly (or, perhaps sadly), the article does in fact incorrectly identify Dohring as the founder of Neopets:

[Age of Learning was] founded around 2007 by Doug Dohring — a serial entrepreneur who had previously started and sold Neopets to Viacom in 2005 (Viacom then sold it on in 2014 to JumpStart) — Age of Learning had previously raised around $30 million in 2011 and 2012 from an undisclosed group of investors before its round with Iconiq.
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Hissi Day Roundup
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on May 4, 2016, 5:47 pm NST

It's Perry's favorite day on Neopets... Hissi Day!


8-Bit | Jelly


Ao Dai (if you're curious)

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Daily Dare Prizes
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on May 3, 2016, 10:25 am NST

Prizes for the Daily Dare have now been released!

Collect Your Prizes Now! »

Note: The site theme that is being awarded is not new - and you will be told you have been awarded it even if you have unlocked it in previous years.

We have now updated our guide with the prize tiers. If you'd like to catch up on the hints AAA has been dropping about his Project X, you can see them all on our Daily Dare lore guide!
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Lupe Day Roundup
  • Posted by Ian
  • Posted on May 2, 2016, 6:39 pm NST


Woodland | Custard


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May NC Collectible
  • Posted by Rylon
  • Posted on May 2, 2016, 12:51 pm NST

The first item from the Secrets & Schemes Collection has been released, and features the Court Dancer! This item will only be available during May.

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