With cyber attacks targeting large corporations and governments more frequently making headlines, people are not fully aware that the gaming industry is also among the most susceptible to security breaches.
These include online threats that can leak confidential information like details of an upcoming game or of users.
Back in June, a whopping 300,000 Nintendo Switch ID accounts were accessed by unknown hackers. Early this month, Capcom encountered a massive data breach on its network that leaked confidential information about its future games still in development.
Instead of distrusting every big company, it’s highly advised for users to know how to protect themselves from cyber attacks.
Use a unique and complex password
One of the security basics that many users fail to practice is creating the right password.
Ensure that every password you make is unique and complicated, especially if you have different accounts on Steam, Epic Games, and whatnot.
You may use a password manager to help you in saving all your passwords. Google Chrome users provide such support if you sync in your Google account.
Use two-factor authentication
While hackers may have gotten away with knowing your password, it would be difficult for them to bypass other security measures like two-factor authentication.
This acts as a second password for double-checking and provides you log-in activities if there’s an unknown device accessing your account.
Activating this in your settings may be tiresome, especially if you’ll be using a public computer to access your gaming accounts, as it will strictly process you to fill in some security protocols before proceeding to log in. A beefed-up security against hackers, however is worth the convenience.
Never use public Wi-Fi
While this is common sense already, sometimes it can get tempting to use public Wi-Fi without scratching a peso off your wallet.
Imagine going to a cafe that offers fast and reliable public Wi-Fi to use; you might as well take advantage of it and play Mobile Legends. Never use public WiFi, especially when you’re going to log in to one of your accounts.
Update your operating system
Whether you’re a mobile or desktop gamer, it’s highly recommended that you update your OS as doing so security patches can protect your device from malware.
For Windows users, this means also updating your OS to at least to Windows 8.1. For mobile users, make sure that your phone is still supported by security and system updates by looking up about your phone online.
Ensure gaming-related websites are HTTPS-enabled
Whenever you visit a website or a gaming forum, make sure that the website address is HTTPS-enabled, no ‘S’ less, as this provides encryption to all your sensitive data.
Another sign that a website is highly secure is the padlock accompanying the website address. If none of these signs are present, back away and close the website.