Gaming has been around for decades, and with all of the new advancements that have been made in technology throughout the years have come advancements in the way we game. What was first introduced as a simplistic single user computer activity has now grown into a multiuser experience, taking players into another realm by utilizing cross-platform play and allowing access to participants from around the world. And since we are now connecting via the Internet, it’s more important than ever to remain hyper vigilant when it comes to protecting ourselves while playing. That’s why we’ve compiled our top 5 tips for safeguarding your online game profile.
1. Don’t Click That Link
Many multiplayer games rely on the Internet to provide participants access, and as you already know, this can cause an undesirable set of problems. Just like with any other website, gaming sites are hotbeds for attackers looking to prey on unsuspecting victims. Many sites use instant messaging or email to enable players to communicate, but within these chat systems could lie danger. Never click on links or open file attachments that appear from other users, as they could be malicious. Likewise, be sure you aren’t downloading any new software that could potentially harm your system by verifying its legitimacy beforehand.
2. Protect Yourself
Use a nickname, don’t use your real name or address. You should also limit your vocal chatter to close friends only.
3. Use Strong Passwords
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of using strong passwords. Always make sure you’re connected to a secure wireless network that you trust and that is password protected, and if you’re on the go, consider using a VPN so your data is secure. Also be sure to use a variety of complicated, unique passwords for every single site you have a profile presence on. If your data were to be compromised on a gaming site, the last thing you’d then want is for an attacker to be able to gain access to other personal information on websites you’ve shared login credentials with.
4. Use Official Channels Only
Use only the official site and official support channels to discuss in-game problems. Fraudsters often try to make you install malware or share your password, threatening you with online character blocking/ban, etc. They disguise themselves as game admins. Check such claims using typing-in game web addresses and going to the support section.
5. Use Antivirus
Your strongest course of action will most certainly be to use a trusted antivirus. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 delivers protection against the latest malware and Internet threats that are out there, and will give you peace of mind when you or your family members are online.
As long as you’re following these tips, you will be a lot more secure when accessing games online. So what are you waiting for? Get gaming!