SANS OUCH! for March: Gaming Online Safely & Securely
Online gaming is a great way to have fun; however, it also comes with its own set of unique risks. In this newsletter, we cover what you can do to protect yourself and your family when gaming online.
What makes online gaming so engaging is that you can play and communicate with others from anywhere in the world. Quite often, you may not even know the people you are playing with. While the vast majority of people online are out to have fun just like you, there are those who want to cause harm. Here are some things you should do to stay secure:
Be cautious of any messages that ask you to take an action, such as clicking on a link or downloading a file. Just like phishing attacks, bad guys will attempt to fool or trick you into taking actions that will infect your computer. If a message seems odd, urgent or too good to be true, be suspicious that it may be an attack.
Many online games have their own financial markets where you can trade, barter or even buy virtual goods. Just like in the real word, there are fraudsters on these systems who will attempt to trick you out of your money or attempt to steal it outright.