Online Gaming

Gone are the days of solitary games and simple graphics. Today's online games are unbelievably realistic and interactive. If you're a gamer, there are a few things you can do to ensure safe Internet gaming.

Tips to keep gaming safe

  • Make sure your computer is loaded up with a firewall, anti-spyware software and anti-virus software.
  • If your firewall allows you to designate specific IP addresses to fellow gamers, do it. This way they're "trusted" and you'll reduce the chances of running into malicious programs and people.
  • Don't download unauthorized programs relating to the game.
  • Keep your location, gender and age private.
  • Choose a username that doesn't reveal anything about your identity. Consider using a nickname.
  • Don't give away personal information to a stranger during online chatting.
  • Use strong passwords that are at least eight characters long and contain letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Keep the game software up to date.
  • Use caution when downloading add-ons and modifications for games as they could contain malware.

It's all fun and games until…

  • You engage in an online chat and realize you've given away private information, such as a password or email address.
  • You pay real money in an online gaming marketplace but discover you're dealing with criminals and have just shared your credit card information or lost money.
  • You download a cheat program to get to the next level and find out it contained a virus.
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