An Introduction to Staying Safe on Online Gaming Sites
Online games are a hugely popular pastime enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. However, while you’re having fun, you always need to be wary of your online security. Online gaming requires the use of accounts, passwords, and, very often, the exchange of financial details.
This means that you should take extra precautions to protect yourself when playing games online. This involves choosing a safe and secure online gaming platform, using their built-in data security measures, and not giving out your details to strangers online.
Is Security Information Displayed?
One of the first questions that you should ask about an online gaming site is whether security information is displayed and is easy to see. For a player like yourself, this information lets you know straight away that the site is doing what it should be in order to protect you and your data. It also provides a warning to those who would like to get around its security measures that it takes data protection seriously.
This security information should be displayed throughout the site. For example, on Winning Room, an online casino platform, players can quickly navigate to the security information, which is listed under the list of slotmachines and games offered by the site. Scroll down below games like Reel Talent and Tiger Rush and you’ll see logos from GambleAware, the Gaming Commission, and more authorities that have certified its security credentials.
Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is where you protect your account with an additional layer of security. Usually, this means that you will add a phone number to your online gaming account so that if someone that the site doesn’t recognise tries to access your account, it will send you a text to confirm (or deny) that you are the person trying to access it.
Many online gaming platforms such as Steam and Origin already offer 2FA support, and it’s not very difficult to access it. Individual games like Fortnite also offer 2FA, and they will give players in-game loot if they switch it on.
Don’t Share Your Information
Many of the best and most popular multiplayer games all feature chat windows. Games like League of Legends and Dota 2 use text-based chat, letting players communicate their positions, character abilities and more.
However, this text chat can also be used to conduct scams, and some players have reported being asked for their personal information. Scammers may ask you for your log-in details, but it’s important that you stay aware of these scam attempts and don’t hand over your info. You could lose your account and your money if you do so.
There are millions of online gamers around the world, and this figure is growing. This means that we all need to help each other when it comes to online security.
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Kevin Jones, Ph.D., is a research associate and a Cyber Security Author with experience in Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Monitoring solutions, Surveillance and Offensive technologies etc. Currently, he is a freelance writer on latest security news and other happenings. He has authored numerous articles and exploits which can be found on popular sites like hackercombat.com and others.