Online gaming security is a topic often overlooked because we assume we’re safe online nowadays with all the powerful anti-virus software available to consumers. However, being intelligent about how hackers can receive information from your computer can help you protect yourself from threats. There are even ways you’ve put yourself at risk, without knowing it.
Gamers invest a lot of time and money on gaming hardware and software, but unless you’re playing an online video game it’s unlikely someone will access information from the game itself. Popular genres, like First-Person Shooters (FPS) or Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG) could pose a risk if you sell virtual game items for real-world money, or give our your personal information over chat.
In general, online gaming involves social and technological risks, but many games have added extra steps so a security breach is unlikely to happen. For example, reputable online casino apps add extra firewalls and encrypted data to ensure your credit card information isn’t stolen by criminals. Regardless of methods, a website uses to protect you, use the following guidelines for maximum protection of your personal information
Tips for Avoiding Online Gaming Security Threats
Take a screenshot if something suspicious happens. The “PrtSc” button on your keyboard will take a still image of your desktop. If you’re on a console, you can take a picture of your screen by selecting the options, or using your smartphone.
Create an e-mail that you and your family can use specifically for online games. Give your password to the rest of your family so they can watch who you’re interacting with if you’re under a certain age.
Never open files attached to an e-mail if it’s from someone you don’t know or trust. Never click on links that look suspicious, or enter any personal information on the website the link directed you to.
Use antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall programs for extra security. There are many great free ones online, like Microsoft Security Essentials. Makes sure the software you’re downloading is safe. Never download a program from an unknown website.
Never give personal information over the Internet verbally or written on a website you don’t trust. Websites like Steam are safe, but others may not be.
Create and use strong passwords, and never give them out to anyone unless they’re members of your family or people you trust.
Adults and children are both susceptible to cyber attacks, but if you follow these steps it should help you protect yourself from potential threats. Be diligent, smart, and aware of scammers and people trying to steal your information.