Online players have become a prime target for cybercriminals and multiple attacks this year, are living proof. Sometimes they target major game publishers like Ubisoft , Sony , Electronic Arts and Nintendo or developers like Crytek but also directly the players.
It is no longer a secret that cybercriminals are targeting video games looking for usernames and passwords as well as PC gamers by specifically designing malicious programs such as keyloggers and trojans for it. Moreover, following the many hacks that took place during the last 3 years to sites of game publishers, some players have lost confidence in them and are reluctant to entrust their personal data. And there is nothing surprising in it in view of the consequences of massive leaks…
But during a cyberattack, there are some tips that can help keep you safe, even if your game sites are hacked. For starters, good up-to-date antivirus software is a good start. Modern security solutions allow you to be relatively secure without impacting online game performance and being unobtrusive. A firewall would be a plus to control the incoming and outgoing flow of data from your machine.
Here are some additional tips to improve your safety as a player.
Use LastPass, KeePass or another secure password manager
Players need to remember a bunch of passwords, so it can be tempting to reuse the same on multiple accounts, especially when it comes to an anti-copy system like Ubisoft Uplay. But it’s a bad idea. Uplay has been hacked this year, and usernames and encrypted passwords have leaked. Use a “disposable” email address if possible to protect you from phishing and malicious spam and as many different passwords as possible. Use LastPass, KeePass or another secure password manager to easily and efficiently manage your multiple credentials.
Think before doing an “alt-Tab”
It allows you to have an open browser window while playing, and this is especially handy with complex games such as MMOs. But it’s better to think before you run an “alt-Tab” in a game to check a link sent by people you meet during the game, even your teammates or guild mates. The US emergency response team warns that people you meet in the game may be there to peddle malware and “point you to fake websites that offer fake patches or game downloads that , in fact, are malware that allows you to remotely control yourself. ”
Is a “God Mode” really worth all the money in your bank account?
There are many “hacks” for online games that can allow you to see through the walls, accelerate your character or make you very resistant. But many have a scary name that makes you want and are far from what they announce … They are only name! This is usually the technique that my computer piarets favor in order to enter players’ machines and steal confidential information from them. During a scan of a sample of PC hacks, researchers revealed up to 90% malware among them. Which is simply huge …
Adept mods? Be very careful
In many online games, mods and add-ons are an essential part. Just check the sites from which you get your files. Sites such as ModDB are often reliable, but you are not immune to malware by visiting the private sites of mod developers (they can easily host malware). Check the user comments, check the URLs, and if possible, have good, up-to-date antivirus software on your machine for analysis before running.
Stay outside the forums if possible
For some games, participating in discussion forums can be overwhelming. But using forums can be risky, as cyber criminals see gaming forums as an easy way to grab large lists of usernames and passwords. If you use them, make sure that your password is different from the main account of your game, and if possible, prefer a “disposable” email address.
Do not buy gold or virtual currency, especially not publicly
Buying gold, virtual game money, or upgrade services is a risky business because the money or services you buy may come from hacked accounts. And if you buy that from “sellers” peddling their products publicly on the game’s chat channels, you’re even more at risk. No vendor is 100% secure, even big known sites, and small sites are a haven for phishing attempts, spyware and credit card theft. Avoid that at all costs.