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Playing It Safe: How Online Gamers Can Dodge Cybersecurity Risks

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The online gaming ecosystem is thriving at the moment. Rising popularity has driven a demand for developers to create new and exciting titles. Technological advances also mean that even some graphics-rich games are available on mobile platforms. The thriving digital landscape has resulted in created career opportunities, too. E-sports and live streaming content can bring in substantial income for professional gamers.

Nevertheless, it’s also important to recognize the risks here. As a gamer, you have great access to a rich and diverse online environment. Unfortunately, this also means unscrupulous people also have significant access to you. Cybercrime continues to be a prevalent issue in the online gaming community. Indeed, gaming has seen a particular jump in digital fraud attempts in recent years. 

To get the most positive online gaming experience, it’s vital to take steps to protect yourself. Let’s run down a few best practices that can help you play it safe.

Keep on Top of the Trends

The trends for gaming come and go, from new and exciting massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) to the exclusive or customizable player character skins. The same goes for online gaming cybersecurity. Approaches are regularly changing and shifting, as are the tools to deal with them. If you’re pursuing online gaming in the long term, you’ll find you have the most positive experiences if you take the time to keep on top of these shifts.

Do your due diligence when it comes to the full range of techniques criminals are utilizing. At the moment, some of the most prevalent trends in cybersecurity include ransomware protection, cyberespionage mitigation, and malware prevention. It isn’t just valuable to be aware of these techniques as potential solutions to the current online risks. It also helps you to identify where the most concern is for the industry. You can then adjust your actions and the tools you use in the most relevant ways to reduce your vulnerability while gaming.

It’s also vital to understand what the trending targets for different types of cyberattacks are, too. You’ll often be surprised how hackers are focusing on games or tools you wouldn’t expect to be a priority. This could include ransomware attacks on cloud storage software that could impact your online assets. It might involve game platforms from specific countries subjected to politically-motivated distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. Take the time to not just commit to research on news sites and gaming forums. Build your network on social media to have access to current issues at the earliest possible opportunity.

Adjust Your Behavior

Cybercrime is not reliant on external actions alone. Indeed, you’ll often find criminals’ best tools for hacking in online gaming are the gamers themselves. It can be easy to become complacent, particularly when you’re operating in an online space you’re confident in around people you generally trust. It’s vital that you put effort into adjusting your own behavior to be more security conscious.

This includes some of the basics, like keeping strong password protocols. Make sure these are varied, using a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Importantly, change these frequently and not just to a minor variation to the same password. Your passwords should also be different across all your gaming accounts. This helps to make sure if one account is breached, the rest aren’t at risk. You might also find it useful to occasionally check your passwords and associated email addresses on Have I Been Pwned to make sure they’re not involved in a recent hack of an online platform you use.

Your cybersecurity behavior also needs to extend to being tailored to the type of devices you use for gaming. Your gaming PC is not necessarily going to be subject to the same issues as your cell phone. Indeed, your cell phone can be putting you at greater risk due to the fact that a greater range of sensitive information is usually stored on it. Think of all the metadata associated with your socials, any banking apps you use, and even cloud services you use for remote working. Your phone is a hub of assets cybercriminals are attracted to. As such, it’s wise to adopt mobile-specific behavior. Use virtual private networks (VPNs) when in public areas. At the end of its life, wipe your phone’s memory and dispose of it securely to prevent others from accessing your personal information. 

Utilize Protective Tools

As an online gamer, you’ve likely invested in various tools to support your gaming. New PCs, updated graphics cards, perhaps even a comfortable chair. It’s important to place some of your focus on tools that keep you safe while gaming, too. Your adoption of these will likely depend on your level of use, but there are options to suit most budgets and needs.

Some consoles will already have a certain amount of security protocols already loaded into the device. Most come with options for multi-factor authentication. This involves not just using a password but also having a single-use code sent to your phone for authentication, too. While this can be a little inconvenient, utilizing it can be a vital form of protection. 

For PC gaming and smartphones, it’s wise to utilize a solid antivirus platform. There are also an increasing number of software options here that are specifically aimed at the needs and challenges of gamers, like McAfee Gamer Security and Webroot Secure Anywhere. There are also some good free options available. The important thing is to make certain your chosen platform is regularly updated to account for the current trends and methods in cybercrime.

Conclusion

Online gaming has become a fascinating and exciting aspect of our digital landscape. However, it’s also vital to make sure you protect yourself from cybersecurity risks. Stay on top of the trends to ensure you’re aware of the current security concerns and popular targets. Adjust your personal behavior to adopt safer practices while gaming. Wherever possible, establish strong cybersecurity tools to put up extra barriers for potential cybercriminals. By taking a few relatively simple steps, you can have the most positive online gaming experiences.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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