October 24, 2016 @ 09:57 am
What makes online gaming so engaging is that you can play and communicate with others from anywhere in the world. Quite often, you may not even know the people you are playing with. While the vast majority of people online are out to have fun just like you, there are those who want to cause harm. Here are some things you should do to stay secure:
The next step is to secure the computer you are using. Bad guys will attempt to take over your computer or your gaming accounts. You need to protect them:
If you are a parent, be sure your kids follow the steps outlined above. (For younger children, you may have to perform these steps for them.) In addition, communicate with your children about the risks. Education and an open dialogue with your kids are some of the most effective steps you can take to protect them. One of our favorite tricks to get kids talking is to ask them to show you how their games work. Have them walk you through their online world and show you what a typical game looks like. Perhaps even play the game with them. In addition, have them describe the different people they meet online. Quite often, online gaming can be a big part of your child's social life. By talking to them (and having them talking to you), you can spot a problem and protect them far more effectively than any technology.
Source: SANS Securing the Human - The Monthly Security Awareness Newsletter for Computer Users (March 2015)