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Online security and videogames: here are the tips for gamers



Online security and videogames: here are the tips for gamers


With poor online security, hackers and attackers could make the game a real nightmare: here are Panda Security’s tips for gamers.

The importance of online safety for gamers

The rule for IT devices is this: If it is connected to the Internet, sooner or later a cybercriminal will attack it. And of online games and video games they are no exception. Often, however, players are not aware of the risks they run when playing for example Fornite or when downloading a game on Steam. For this reason, on the occasion of the Milan Games Week 2021Panda Security has thought of the players who will gather during the 3 days of Milanese events to raise awareness among all users, discover and learn about threats and cybersecurity solutions suitable for online gaming, so you can play and get together safely.

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The main security risk for those who play multiplayer video games online is the account theft. In the case of open world online video games, to which thousands of users from all over the world connect, sometimes it is enough to hack the account of a high-level player to cause serious damage (in the case of eSports) or to steal in-game items and tokens of great value. For example, skins in games like Fortnite can be very expensive and not only for their functionality, but above all for the collectability that is created around cult games.

It should not be underestimated that hacking a game account can often be only the first part of a more complex cyberattack. In these cases the criminal points to other accounts of the victim. After all, many people use the same password for multiple accounts. Cybercriminals take advantage of this to attack less protected ones and thus try to access more interesting accounts, such as the online bank account (credential stuffing).

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The four methods used to hack a profile

There are 4 main ways an online gaming account can be hacked:

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Greater online security protects gamers from numerous other dangers

In addition to account theft, gamers must beware of various other dangers. Professional players for example could be victims of DDoS attacks by crackers and other unfair gamblers. In the case of gaming, a DDoS attack is launched against the player’s router or the server to which it connects. The aim is to overload them and prevent users from connecting and playing. To the layman it may seem like a small thing, but top-tier esports teams train regularly online. A connection malfunction may compromise the fruits of weeks of preparation.

Then there are two classic threats: malware and phishing. In the first case, the hackers often take advantage of download pirated copies of video games or pre-releases from other countries by circulating infected files on the network, especially in P2P networks. Also due to desire and / or convenience, many players end up victims of phishing attacks, with which cybercriminals entice them, with rewards or promises of savings, to click on deceptive links and enter their personal data on fraudulent web pages. .

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Tips to protect yourself better

There are some simple precautions every gamer should take to protect their accounts and play without worrying about hackers. Here are Panda Security’s security tips for gamers:

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In conclusion, we always remember that the first line of defense is represented by the user and his prudence. In addition, fortunately, the cybersecurity industry offers many useful and effective tools.