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SANS OUCH for July 2017:  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 and your family can do to protect yourselves when gaming online.

Securing Yourself
What makes online gaming so fun 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 steps you should take 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 email phishing attacks, bad guys will attempt to fool or trick you in online games into taking actions that can infect your computer or steal your identity. 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 and steal your money  or any virtual currency you have accumulated. Deal only with people that have established, trusted reputations.
  • Use a strong passphrase for any gaming accounts. This way, attackers cannot simply guess your passwords  and take over your accounts. If your game offers two-step verification, use it. In addition, make all of your online  accounts have a different password. That way, if one game is compromised, your other accounts are safe. Can’t  remember all your passwords?  Consider a password manager.

Video of the Month
Every month, SANS posts a short, fun security awareness video that covers how you and your family can stay safe and secure online. Learn the latest simple tricks to making the most of the Internet.