In today’s world, there are more than 2 billion gamers across the globe, of which 27% are children below age 18. These gamers are engaged in Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games where players take on new identities online as game characters.
These role-playing games expose players to a variety of security threats online ranging from spamming, phishing, virus infection, identity theft, etc.
Risks associated with playing multiplayer online games
- Giving out personal information unknowingly like password, email, age, address, etc
- Downloading cheats which may contain malware
- Downloading a pirated copy of the game which can lead to account suspension and other penalties.
- Griefing or online bullying
- Disposing gaming devices with user accounts containing personal information
- Identity theft.
- Dealing with criminals unknowingly when buying or selling virtual in-game properties
Online Gaming Security tips you must consider
- Make sure your antivirus software is updated, and your firewall is functioning before engaging in online games
- Passwords used on different platforms should be different, and they should be a combination of alphabets, numbers, and special characters.
- Do not give out personal information to other players
- Ensure that your game is regularly updated and do not download any unauthorized files relating to the game
- Play only online games using game versions purchased from authorized dealers or sources with a license.
- Download files only from sources proven to be secured and authentic.
- Your profile should not contain any personal information. Also, your username should not give away any information about yourself.
- Be careful and watchful when buying or selling virtual items in the real world.
- Read the game’s terms and conditions carefully to be sure that there is no hidden clause.
- Delete all gaming accounts and personal information before giving out or disposing of your gaming device.
- Monitor your kids and set ground rules for them before they start playing online.
- Get recommended gaming sources suitable for your kids
- Find games you can play together with family and friends
- Find ways of protecting your kids from the potential dangers of online gaming
- Do not turn off your antivirus software
- Beware of social engineering
- Activate two-factor authentication
- Always log out after using gaming services like Origin or Steam
- Be wary of making virtual friends
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