The game is is no longer just a hobby for the youngest. According to the Entertainment Software Association, 53% of gamers are adults and 45% are women. This means that more than half of all people playing games on the Internet are not teenagers and probably have access to a lot of sensitive information about themselves and their lives.
Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly vital for these non-teen gamers, especially as they become more involved in online gaming communities and spend more time using their devices to play games.
So, whatever online game you’re playing, here’s how you can protect yourself from cyberattacks while doing it.
Use strong passwords
Whether you play strategy games or online puzzles, always keep your passwords strong. Password strength is one of the best ways to protect yourself from hackers, and it’s also a good idea to use different passwords for different accounts. Even in online puzzle games, hackers can try to sneak into your personal life. They can do this easily if you don’t have a strong password.
Online puzzle websites may seem harmless, but some security issues come with online puzzles, especially if you’re not careful where you get them. Don’t play on websites that look suspicious. If the website seems unfinished or barely working, don’t play on it! This is one of the main ways people get hacked when playing puzzles online. If the site looks sketchy, chances are it is.
A strong password should be at least eight characters long, contain both letters and numbers, and not include obvious words or phrases that an attacker can easily guess (like your name). Avoid using the same password for multiple online accounts. If one of them is hacked, all of your other accounts may also be vulnerable!
Don’t share your password out loud with anyone else, even if it’s your best friend or family member, and don’t write down your password so that no one else knows. can find it either.
Avoid poor WiFi connections and public computers
There are certain situations you should avoid when playing online games.
- Avoid poor WiFi connections and public computers. If you’re not playing on a secure network, it can be easy for hackers to find out what data is being sent and received between your computer and the server. Hackers can also collect information about other system users, such as passwords or credit card numbers if stored on their systems.
- Do not use public Wi-Fi hotspots. Hackers can easily access shared Internet connections at cafes, airports, hotels, or any other place that offers free Wi-Fi without any security measures in place, as people often connect to networks using their credentials. personal information such as e-mail addresses.
Log out of your game account on public computers
The first step to staying safe while playing is to log out of your game account when you are done using it. It can be a little trickier if you have multiple devices, but the fewer devices you have connected at the same time, the better.
It is also essential not to leave your account open on public computers or any other device that could fall into the hands of someone else. If so, make sure there are no traceable personal details associated with it, such as a photo of you wearing a T-shirt with your last name on it, for example.
When an online game asks for personal information (such as date of birth or preferred color), provide that information only if necessary for game purposes; many games require players to provide this information just to be able to create an account and play freely! If there are no such requirements, consider ignoring them altogether – the less information shared about yourself online, generally speaking, the better off everyone will be!
Have anti-virus software
While most people are aware of the importance of antivirus software, many don’t realize that it applies to all devices, not just computers or laptops. Although you can install anti-virus software on your game console or Playstation 4, these devices can also be vulnerable to malware attacks from online games if they are connected directly to the Internet.
Likewise, smartphones and tablets can be attacked even when they are not connected to WiFi. This is especially true for mobile gaming platforms where apps often require an internet connection for features such as saving progress between sessions or viewing ads for free currency/gems/whatever. could exist in a given game.
Never click on suspicious links
There are many ways to get hacked, and one of the most common is to use a link sent by someone who doesn’t have your best interests in mind.
One of the easiest ways for someone else to steal your personal information without your knowledge is to send you an email with a link that looks real. To make it more legit, they’ll make sure the email address ends in something like @hotmail.com or @gmail.com, but don’t be fooled into thinking the message is safe!
Sometimes these emails say they’re from popular services like PayPal or Google (or even another gaming company), but they could just be sent by scammers looking for their next victim. In fact, some people even set up sites pretending to be official services before taking advantage of unsuspecting users when they click on their links.
If something about an email seems suspicious, even if it appears to be from someone you know, don’t click on it until you’ve checked that those links go where they claim and don’t. somewhere else.
Create an account and keep it separate from your personal information
Creating an account is the first step in protecting yourself from cyberattacks when playing games online. It is essential to create an account with a username that is not your name or email address and to use a password that is difficult to guess, such as your date of birth, name, address or your phone number. The same applies to your e-mail address; do not use it as a username! Also try not to use these items as passwords:
- Your birthday
- your names)
- Address/Telephone Number
If you’ve been playing online games for a while, you’re probably familiar with these security measures. But if you’re new to gaming and need some extra help, don’t worry! We encourage all gamers to take the time to learn about these seven cybersecurity best practices. If we can all pull together, we will make our community safer for everyone involved.