Online Gaming Risks

Overview

Online gaming has increasingly become a popular past time activity. Since most online games require a user account to play, these accounts are usually targeted by keyloggers (third party software that records your key strokes). Attackers use ‘hacked’ accounts to sell virtual items and currency for real money. Keyloggers can also record private information (such as your bank information), putting you at greater risk of loss.

Playing Safely

  • Do not release any sensitive information to unknown sources or individuals on the Internet.
  • Configure web browsers securely and use firewalls, antivirus, and antispyware programs. Make sure they are up-to-date.
  • Download files and new software from a trusted source. Verify their authenticity and security using the appropriate security tools (refer to Security Related Tools for more information).
  • Create and use strong passwords that uses a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (refer to How to Create a Strong Password for more information).
  • Never give out your password, including the games’ support representatives.
  • Avoid playing or logging to your account from a computer other than yours.
  • Play in moderation; remember to take breaks.

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