An online game is a game played over a computer network, whether using a PC over the internet, via an internet-connected games console or on a handheld device such as a mobile phone or smartphone.
If you an online gamer, there are a few things you can do to ensure safe Internet gaming to keep your private data and information secure.
Gone are the days of solitary games and simple graphics. Today’s online games are unbelievably realistic and interactive. If you are a gamer, there are a few things you can do to ensure safe Internet gaming.
TIPS TO KEEP YOUR GAMING SAFE
• Make sure your computer is loaded up with a firewall, anti-spyware software and anti-virus software.
• If your firewall allows you to designate specific IP addresses to fellow gamers, do it. This way you can say they are “trusted” and you’ll reduce the chances of running into malicious programs and people.
• Don’t download unauthorized programs relating to the game.
• Keep your location, gender and age private.
• Choose a username that doesn’t reveal anything about your identity. Consider using a nickname.
• Don’t give away personal information to a stranger during online gaming/chatting.
• Use strong passwords that are at least eight characters long and contain letters, numbers, and symbols.
• Keep the game software up to date.
• Apply caution when downloading add-ons and modifications for games as they could contain malware.
It’s all fun and games until…
a. You engage in an online chat and realize you’ve given away private information, such as a password or email address.
b. You pay real money in an online gaming marketplace but discover you are dealing with criminals and have just shared your credit card information or lost money.
c. You download a cheat program to get to the next level and find out it contained a virus.