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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