How to Keep Yourself Protected While Playing Video Games Online
Video games have become more popular — and mainstream — than ever before. The rise in smartphone and tablet usage, as well as the launch of exciting new consoles like the PS5 has meant that more people in the past 5-10 years are playing games. No longer is the stereotype of the gamer sitting in their basement playing alone true. Gaming is now marketing to almost every demographic — with the industry growing so rapidly that some believe it will reach $300 billion in revenue by 2025.
The industry itself has become incredibly saturated with competition. And the huge advancements that are made in technology every day has meant that gaming providers have to adapt quickly to keep up with their peers. Not only do they want to offer the best games in terms of video, graphics and experience, but also storylines and soundtracks. Some video games have even begun paying popular celebrities and actors to appear in their games as another way of enticing fans and new audiences to their products.
But one of the most important ways that video game companies have to stay ahead of the game is through the security and protection they can offer their players.
This article will take you through the various ways that you companies are helping to keep their players protected and their data secure while offering the best entertainment experiences possible.
The ways that gaming companies take on the challenge
The one of the most effective ways that gaming companies protect their players is through building it into their software. Writing secure code and ensuring the authentication mechanisms used to get into a game are as safeguarded as possible is incredibly important.
A lot of gaming sites now hold a range of data on players, such as their identity and payment methods. A sector that hold a lot of personal player data is the online gambling industry who tend to hold payment methods and address of players. Majority of players now save their data on gambling sites for a more convenient gaming experience where all their payment details are saved. There are now a lot of laws in place for consumer data protection such as GDPR in the UK and the newly introduced Bill C-11 in Canada which requires companies to protect personal data.
After the newly introduced laws on data protection, online gambling providers in Canada must ensure that they use some of the highest security software so that they’ll never be in a position to experience a security breach and potentially put their players in a situation where they can be taken advantage of by hackers.
Gaming companies have to balance ensuring that all the protections are in place without ruining the entertainment experience for the player. They do this by ensuring the entire process is seamless; the best ones will have the user going through all the security hoops without even realising it.
Security and protection can happen in the background. This ensures that players don’t miss out on any of the enjoyable parts of gameplay and impact their user journey.
These types of security interventions are particularly important for casino game players as there’s a lot of money being passed back and forth between deposits and withdrawing their wins from their gaming wallet.
So, what can you do to keep yourself protected?
- Make sure you’re using strong passwords
A strong password contains a mix of capital and lower-case letters, special characters and words that don’t normally appear together. You should also create separate passwords for each online account that you have. Password management tools can help you create and store strong passwords as well as organise your information.
If you can, use two-factor authentication. This will give your account a second layer of protection, for example, texting you with a password to enter after logging in.
- Don’t overshare
Especially on social media. Don’t post photos that contain your driver’s license, credit card, address or other personal information. Hackers can use that data to get into your accounts. Be sure that you’re not sharing these kinds of details without realising it. Turning off location services is one way to avoid this by checking your phone’s settings.
Only accept friend requests from people you actually know on social media accounts as the more people you’re connected to means the less control you have over your photos and personal details.
- Check your privacy settings
It’s always good to have a regular review of your privacy settings on each of your social media accounts, as their policies may change. Updating these settings means you’ll not inadvertently share information with websites or apps that are connected to your social media accounts. You don’t want your data to be sold, including your browsing history.
- Close your dead accounts
We all have that email account we no longer use, but just because you don’t access it, doesn’t mean that others aren’t going to try. If you have a dormant social media account or email address be sure to shut it down as it’s just another platform that hackers can use to try and access your data.
- Beware of phishing
Phishing is one of the ways that fraudsters use to try and deceive users into sharing personal information. This most commonly happens through a shared email that poses as a reputable entity (like your bank or place of work) and includes a link to reset your password or update your software.
Clicking that link, however, can put your personal information or security at risk. If you receive a text message or email from someone you don’t know, or something that seems off, that asks you to share your information, make sure to delete it or report it. Some signs of phishing scams include spelling errors, salutations that don’t include your name or URLs that aren’t in line with the company they’re supposed to have come from.