Gear up and game on! Are you looking forward to this weekend to play your favourite online games with your buddies or loved ones? If you are a gamer, you should probably have heard of these popular and exciting online games for PC such as PUBG, DoTa, Destiny 2, Call of Duty and League of Legends. When we talk about online gaming, the first thing that came into our mind was gaming accounts. Do you know that there are over dozens of gaming accounts hacked every year? Sadly, to say that many of us are too focusing on game battling levels and missed out on the important steps to protect our online gaming accounts. Some gamers may even lose their career because of this careless situation. Beware of mind that as long as you are online, there is a possibility for your real identity to be exposed to the hackers.
In today’s article, we will be sharing with you some useful guides and measures for you to enhance your online gaming security. Ultimately, we want you to have a more enjoyable online gaming experience at anywhere, any time.
1. Secure your gaming accounts and identity
One of the easiest ways to secure your game account login credential is to set an unpredictable password. We strongly advise you to avoid using a password related to your birth date, name, contact number or email. A strong password should include all uppercase, lowercase, symbol and number. Are you having fun playing multiplayer mobile game apps especially for the couples? We understand that some of you may want to share the same login credential with your loved ones, hence you need to ensure that password shared across should not include any outsider. Always note that once hackers got your gaming access, you will be facing the real game over. So is better to set a strong gaming password even though it is a tedious and time-consuming process.
2. Scan your PC with Antivirus or Malware software
Sometimes hackers try to obtain your login credentials through scam. The most common way is by sending you an email saying that you have won some bonus reward from an online game company. Usually, this type of emails will ask for your login credentials such as usernames and passwords in order for you to redeem the reward. Do not be fooled by those scam messages! The moment you click on the ‘URL link’ provided, your PC device would probably be infected by virus. It is always a good practice to switch on your Antivirus or Malware software and scan your computer regularly besides updating your device’s operating system. Don’t ever give your login credentials to anyone else because once the attacker can log in as you, they can also change your password to lock you out of your own account.
3. Connected to a VPN
“Do I need a VPN for playing online games?” Many of us will think that the answer is no if the PC gaming don’t require a VPN. This is mainly because the games are not restricted by its geographical regions. Well, perhaps you guys should change your mindset and rethink about VPN again. Having a VPN connection while playing your favourite online games can help you to enhance your device security and prevent hackers’ attacks. VPN for PC has the ability to hide your real game ID (identity) and activities from third parties. Especially, when you are doing any in-game purchase, VPN can hide your IP address and secure your credit card information.
4. Avoid public WIFI connection
Nowadays the majority of restaurants and cafes such as Starbucks provide free Wi-Fi for users to get connected on the internet. However, there is always a risk of getting connected to a public WIFI network. The key thing for gamers to note that it is important to avoid playing online games through a public WIFI connection. The reason is because most of the time public WIFI is a shared network and it does not encrypt its traffic flow between your device and the server. Meaning that your game account login credentials are highly exposed to third parties and there is a risk of the data leak.