Online gaming has become a high in demand hobby which not engages players in an alternate dimension of adventure and skill based play, it’s also brought many people together in an era where everyone has been told to stay away from each other.
Online gaming takes on many forms and has seen some of the bigger names take on real life events such as tournaments. Engaging and thrilling to all involved, keeping safe while gaming online may be one of the last things thought of, but it is highly important to be aware.
Digitogy fully supports the online gaming community in enjoying hours and hours of web based fun and entertainment, however they have also provided some key safety tips to make sure the unthinkable doesn’t happen while you are engrossed in the latest battle.
Stay a mystery
Sharing personal details is a first class ticket to identity theft. There are millions of online gamers and not all of them are there with good intent. The sheer amount of players makes the online gaming community a prime target for cyber attacks on identity theft so it is of key importance to stay on your guard at all times.
Just because someone is telling you who they are, it doesn’t mean they are telling you the truth. Providing details such as your date of birth could be all they need to complete an attack on your identity. So if it isn’t part of a legal transaction do not give away any personal details.
Stay on guard
Online gaming isn’t the quickest of hobbies and involves long sessions of being glued to a computer screen. This means that while you are busy updating skins and watching rival battles, your PC is potential under threat without you knowing about it for quite some time.
Integrating software on to your chosen device such as a VPN (Virtual Private Network) will increase safety and help combat threats while you are busy. VPNs are highly complex pieces of software which have many in built security features designed to keep hackers out and provide a secure web connection.
Connected via a remote device, encryptions are used to prevent unauthorised access to your private web session with tricky passwords and firewalls forming the first layer of defence.
VPNs are often free and are user friendly so anyone can use them on a PC, laptop, tablet or even on a smartphone.
Multifactor Authentication, or MFA, can be a real eye roller at the best of times when you just want to get on with your day, however it is a crucial step in enhancing your online security.
Creating a good password using a combination of both upper and lower case letters, numbers and some special characters is a great way to get started with MFA, as long as you also remember to change the password on a regular basis. Keep hackers out of your game by raising your PC shields.