How to protect yourself when online gaming ?

Many computer games are played online against other players over the internet, whether on a console, computer, mobile device or via social networking sites. Most play using an assumed identity, so you are generally already unaware of who they really are. Connexin have put together a list of the risk and how to protect yourself while online gaming.

 

The Risks 

  • Downloading ‘cheats’ which claim to help you but which, in fact, may contain viruses/spyware.
  • Many gamers expect users to create online profiles which may contain sensitive information including names, email addresses, house addresses, phone numbers etc. Make sure this information is kept private and is not available online for other users to access.
  • Many gamers are young children who may not be as worldly wise, more open and social than their adult counterparts, it’s important to make them aware of all the information above and to keep a close eye on their online gaming habits.
  • Disposing of game consoles, PCs and mobile devices without having deleted your personal information and account details.
  • Downloading ‘free’ web and app-based games in which you have to pay to access the full content.
  • Playing games for many hours at a time with the danger of becoming addicted.

How to stay safe while gaming 

  • Watch out for scams and cons when buying or selling ‘property’ that exists inside a computer game, in the real world.
  • Choose a user name that does not reveal any personal information.
  • Play only with authorised versions of games which you have purchased from the correct sources and for which you have a licence.
  • Play online games only when you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running.