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Online security is one of the terms that are most commonly associated with online activities, as well as playing various online games. Below are some interesting and helpful tips on safe gaming.
What everyone should have on their desktop or portable computer is an antivirus program. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets also have some kind of security solutions against viruses, malware, and other harmful software. Antivirus is the first line of defense not only for online gaming but also for the safe storage of all your data.
On the Internet you can find numerous places where you can play games online, it is important that this website is safe. Since we are all sometimes too curious, the antivirus program will alert you if some of your website is infected or not.
Don’t download suspicious files
You can play most of the online games in two ways. On a website or by downloading an app or game to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. It’s important to know that you are downloading such files from a proven source. The authors and online game owners who are trustworthy and who does not hide some kind of infected code on their pages. For this reason, you only need to purchase and download the game from proven sources that are already established and known for safe downloading. Usually, this is a well-known online marketplace such as Steam and similar webpages.
If we’re talking about tablets and smartphones, downloading is usually linked to credit cards, and later payment is done via e-wallet. As soon as there is some information regarding payments, users are usually more cautious, as we all should be. In this case, you should also use proven sources and authorized online web-shops such as Google Play or App Store.
Avoid using game hacks
The great popularity of new games is that they seem to be free, so-called “free-to-play”. These games are usually only free at the beginning, but at some point, you’ll be able to pay for additional or faster credits for easier progress in the game.
Because of these “in-app” purchases, players often became desperate. They are then searching for illegal ways on how to get free coins, points, or other resources. Some websites are offering hacks for these games, which in most cases are not real and can only jeopardize your security.
So again, you have to be careful and know how to be safe on an online playground. Whether you downloaded the game or playing online, you will be connected to their servers.
Use a strong password
Whether you’re playing online games or just registering to some other websites, it is very important to have a strong password.
Security Experts are advising to have a dedicated password for each webpage you are using. They are all advising the password complexity, password length, password which he’s not part of some passwords dictionary, etc.
If you believe that you have a strong password, or you just want to check how strong it is, there are numerous web pages that let you check how secure are password really is. By entering your password in the password field, it will automatically tell you how much time does a computer need the crack it. Everything below few days is just too low in our opinion.
Using Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Verifications
If you are really worried about your password security, you should think of activating 2-Factor Verification on your account. This means that you will need to enter your password, but the second part of the password will be sent either through your email or your phone number. This means that the attacker should have both your password and your email or phone.
Some of the most known online games such as Roblox or Fortnite support two-factor authentication. They’re both sending your second piece of the password to your email.
You can also use an authenticator app for 2-step Verification. The most famous ones are:
- Google Authenticator
- LastPass Authenticator
- Microsoft Authenticator
Use a password manager to store your passwords
In case you play a lot of games are you are just registered to a lot of web pages, you will for sure love so-called “Password managers”. Those are the applications that store all your passwords in a secure environment end let you use them when you need them.
These programs are pretty convenient if you’re using a dedicated password for each web page. Since it’s really hard to remember all of them, just the program does is for you.
For most of them, you’ll need to spend some money but there are also some free alternatives.
For example, LastPass is one of the free ones we can really suggest. In case you need it for the whole family or you need some advanced features, then you’ll need to purchase a premium version of it. For regular users, the basic version will be more than enough
Security is important, no matter if you are playing games, or you are just browsing the internet. You always need to know what are the real risks and know what steps you can take to be safer.
We really hope that this article has inspired you to be safe online. In case that you have some comments or questions, please let us know.