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Security Threats in Online Games

Games are great time-killers. Some people play them to kill boredom, others are loyal fans of gaming and do it for fun. No matter what the reason for playing games is, there are games for every taste on the market nowadays. Online games gained in popularity because of their accessibility. It doesn’t take more than clicking on the game’s logo on any gaming site and you can start playing the game. On top of that, the games don’t require any special gaming equipment, the fact that makes them so popular today.

Online game sites

There is a number of popular gaming sites where players can find their favorite online games all in one place. No matter whether you’re fan of action games, arcade, sports, or casino games on this site, you can find them all on the internet within seconds. The latter is especially known in the gaming world as the most exciting and adrenaline-boosting games out there. The simplified gaming consoles, visual graphics that take your breath away, and realistic gaming experience, are the things that make online games so attractive to gamers from all around the world.

Online privacy

Some of the things that people care most about when doing something online is security and data privacy. No matter whether it’s an online payment platform, or choosing a gaming site where to play your favorite games, the top priority of every online platform should be to provide clients with top notch privacy and security. There are many ways to ensure safe and secure online gaming. The high interaction level of today’s online games comes at the price of data security. Viruses, phishing attacks, and identity theft are some of the cyber online treats that gamers need to be cautious about. Here are some of the most usual online security threats to be aware of.

Identity theft

The data that gamers enter when using online gaming sites can be in danger when the player is not aware of the possible risky outcomes. Cybercriminals are collecting private data from online sites and use to create profiles of potential victims. Today’s online games are very interactive places and players interact with each other. Players need to well-aware of the fact that any information shared with random players puts privacy at risk, even if you know them or they’re your friends. When creating an online profile where you enter sensitive private data, such as your name and surname, your address, or upload a picture, players need to keep it private and don’t share the information with everyone. When it comes to children, it’s important to use parental control and restrict access to chatting online.

Viruses and malware

Gaming is no longer on-site only. This makes gaming even more prone to cyberattacks than ever before. Entering any identity-sensitive data such as credit card data or personal information makes it even more dangerous when the site is not protected. Using virus protection programs increases the level of online protection. It’s important to keep your antivirus program up-to-date and anytime there is a possibility of virus infection to scan the system using the antivirus program. Some programs feature a gaming mode to not interrupt the game during gaming sessions. Another thing to consider is not downloading games from non-reputable sites, especially when it doesn’t use any security certificate such as the HTTPS green padlock. Mobile gamers should also be aware of malware and find ways to protect their device.

Phishing

Phishing is a technique of sending emails that look like official communication, while on the contrary, being unofficial from a non-existing company. Usually, the email is alarming asking you to click on a link to secure your account. The thing is that clicking on it opens an online site where you need to enter your username and password. Since the site you’re opening is not legitimate, it sends the information to cybercriminals and the data you’ve entered is prone to cyberattacks. Today, phishing is spread across the internet world and the emails look really assuring and the links really look like the ones from your favorite online games.

What to do

One way to check the authenticity of the site is to copy it in the browser and check your account again whether it’s really something wrong about your account or it’s a matter of data abuse. What players can do in this situation is to change account data, the moment you realize it’s phishing, and forward the email to the game developer’s abuse department. Some antivirus programs can also help you change your password anytime using the PC or mobile version of the program.

 

Staff Writer at CPO Magazine