During the pandemic online gaming usage has majorly increased. As entertaining and enjoyable online gaming can be it also comes with various cyber security risks, for gamers and their devices. Understanding the risks of online gaming is crucial for data protection. Read more to understand the dangers of online gaming, and how gamers can play safer online.
A major cyber security risk is pirated games. Side note, this is also illegal. Gamers playing pirated games are at a very high risk of being hacked. Not only could you download a virus or malicious program onto your computer, but this could also lead to data loss. So before you play a pirated game, think twice about the consequences it could have on your computer and your data if it were compromised.
To overcome this problem, for starters, we recommend you steer clear of pirated games. Play on legitimate websites, as they have put in the necessary measures to protect gamers against online security threats. These websites and applications also have regular updates, which improve your security and overall online gaming experience.
Understand Online Dangers
Educate yourself and know the risks of online gaming. Common online dangers are identity theft, phishing, viruses and malware. If your data is stolen, hackers can use this information for identity theft, which can be damaging for an individual. A tactic hackers use to steal information is to create fake apps that look like legitimate ones. Once a gamer logs in, the fake app either disappears or doesn’t lead the gamer anywhere.
Protect Your Device
For all online accounts, create a strong password! Creating a strong password makes it harder for hackers to guess your password. It’s best to avoid using personal information as a username or password, as this is too easy to guess. You’re also giving hackers access to this personal information online. Another way to protect your device is to install an antivirus software. This software will scan your device and alert you of any malware found in websites, software, files and apps.
For more tips on how to create a strong password, click here.
Cyber Safety Recommendations from ACSC
The Australian Cyber Security Centre recommends online gamers follow the recommendations below:
- Use legitimate software and keep it up to date
- Back up your important files
- Be suspicious of unsolicited communications
- Use different passphrases for accounts
- Set up automatic updates for operating systems, applications and games
- Avoid saving your payment details online
- Monitor your online presence
It’s important to keep your devices updates to the latest version as cybercriminals are always looking for vulnerabilities in the system. Turning on automatic updates can help you stay on top of the latest updates and ensure your device is protected against cyber criminals.
It’s also a good idea not to save your payment details anywhere online. This is very risky as if those details get into the wrong hands, you could see thousands of dollars instantly leave your account! If you do choose to save your payment details, set up a prompt that requires your password prior to a purchase being made. Another option for online gaming purchases is to use pre-paid cards, so you aren’t putting your card information online.
Online gaming can be a great way to relax and have fun with friends. Knowing the dangers of online gaming can help keep you put in precautions to protect your data, identity and devices. For further information about online gaming safety, click here, to view the ACSC security tips for online gaming.