If you enjoy spending your free hours playing video games, especially online video games, you might be the perfect victim for a hacker.
Of course, you probably are a preventive player, aware of the risk that involves sharing your personal information or the kind of interactions you do while you play. But, honestly, when it comes to being completely safe from hackers, there is no magic answer.
Everyone can be potentially hacked, if they are not careful enough, that is why we are going to break it down and tell you the best ways you can avoid being hacked. We’ll also share some observations that you need to keep in mind the next time you log into your favourite MMORPG or your favourite game.
Have A Strong Password
Maybe you thought about having a really strong password for the game that really matters to you, as well as your personal information. But an important question you should ask yourself is: what do you consider a strong password?
The answer is that it is not the name of your pet or your favourite food, but a string of 15-20 characters that includes special characters (if the game allows it of course) lower and upper case and mostly random numbers.
Special tip: If you are struggling to remember your password, try writing it down in a notebook, and if you are too lazy to even type these characters, use a password manager for any of your games.
A lot of video games (especially MMORPG’s) have the option of putting a two-factor authentication, making their overall system safer. Two-Factor authentication works simply; each time you log in they send you an email or even a code to your phone, so they can check if it is you.
This method is kind of tedious, but it can avoid potential hackers, and while there are a lot of games with this feature, not every game possesses it.
Special tip: While this might be common sense, avoid having the same password for your email, since that makes the whole process of a two-factor authentication useless.
If you enjoy playing an occasional online match in your favourite home console, there are some important facts that you should know about the privacy and the security.For example, if you play on PlayStation network, you might know that there is the chance that other players can see your full name.
Of course, this is something to be afraid of, and the good news is that you can avoid this by going into settings and checking the privacy settings, as well the online security options that most of the gaming platforms have, such as steam or Xbox live.
Special tip: Each time you create an account on one of these services, you should spend some minutes reading the terms of services and see if they apply some sort of security to your information, all with the purpose of being more familiarized with your home console and what you’re dealing with.
Security is an important issue, even more, if your personal information is involved, and while you might not be aware of the potential hackers that are around when you play online, they really exist and the best way to be totally secure is to follow these procedures.