It’s no secret that gaming is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, it has surpassed movies and music in terms of total revenue spent on entertainment. But there are some security risks associated with gaming online, such as DDoS attacks and fraud, which can lead to a loss of money or time invested in the game itself. Here are five things every gamer should know about when it comes to security.
Have a Virtual Mailing Address
This is a world where anyone can find most of your personal information online. Storing this data on your computer or phone is like putting the key to your house right under the doormat that somebody can pick up and use at any time, whether they’re planning to rob you or not.
Don’t make it too easy for them to do so. A mailbox with virtual online access is a great start, but there’s more you can do. For example, always use strong passwords and change them often, don’t reuse the same password on multiple sites (even if they aren’t gaming related), keep your software updated as well as all of your programs/files stored locally to avoid being hacked, and most importantly: be vigilant about suspicious emails.
If this happens, close out any windows where those details might have been shared before checking if the message was legitimate or not.
Always Leave Your Security Software On
If you’re a gamer, then there’s no way that you’ve ever left your computer to do something else while you have a game running – that’s just dangerous. In the same way, gamers must keep their security software on at all times while playing. If you let one instance of having no protection slip by, then it’s likely that your PC will get hit next time – and the consequences could be severe.
For seniors, it’s crucial to have the right security software running on their computers at all times – especially if they’re playing online games with strangers or friends that are often unknown. In addition, seniors tend to have more personal information stored on their PCs than your average person, so protecting these devices is vital for health reasons.
It doesn’t matter what age you are when keeping your computer safe from viruses – just keep those antivirus programs turned on while gaming.
Only Download Games From Legal/Official Sites
Always download games from their official site. Downloading from third-party sites may be illegal, and you might find your device infected with malware or viruses, which can lead to a severe loss of data. In addition, you should always use safe browsing habits when downloading files online, so only visit trusted sources for the downloads. If you’re not sure about a website’s credibility, then don’t use it.
Always check reviews before installing/downloading a game on your PC or gaming console – if any reviews mention harmful programs with the installation file, then do not proceed with its installation until further research.
It is also worth mentioning that the software developer will sometimes release a new version of their game and several other programs that you may find helpful, all in one installation file. However, these bundled files are usually not as safe as those downloaded from trusted/official sites, so always research before installing anything for your computer.
Authorize 2-Factor Authentication for All Platforms
This will require you to input a code from an app or text message every time you log in. You can also use your fingerprint to authorize. This is by far the best way to keep yourself safe on all your gaming hardware, even if it’s slightly inconvenient.
You can also turn off sharing or screenshots for certain games depending on how much you trust your friends, but this will not help prevent issues like phishing and malware downloads.
Delete Personal Information When You Can
There are several ways you can do this. The first step is to delete as much as possible from your accounts. If you have gamer tags, emails, and passwords associated with those accounts, then start there. Deleting these will not protect you, but it does remove one potential tool that an attacker would use. Next, if any information exists that people could use to identify you, delete it. This includes your home address, email address, phone number, and full name.
Being a gamer is an exciting and thrilling experience. However, the way you play online games makes you more vulnerable to cybercriminals who are constantly trying to hack into your systems to steal data.