Patcay.com – The growth of gamers worldwide is accompanied by an increasing threat of cybercrime targeting this community.
Therefore, gamers must be vigilant against the lurking threats in the virtual world, especially those disguised in connection with gaming.
Vasily Kolesnikov, a cybersecurity expert at Kaspersky, mentions that in the dynamic gaming industry, a substantial amount of personal and financial data is at stake. This is what makes cybercriminals interested in exploiting it.
“They exploit game accounts by stealing in-game assets, virtual currency, and selling infiltrated game accounts, often with real-world value,” said Kolesnikov on Wednesday (11/22/2023).
He explained that the relentless pursuit of personal data has led to a surge in ransomware attacks, even affecting professional gamers who rely on uninterrupted gameplay.
“This underscores the critical need to enhance cybersecurity awareness within the gaming community,” he emphasized.
Tips to Prevent Cyber Attacks While Gaming To keep oneself safe from cyber attacks while gaming, Kaspersky recommends several tips:
Download Games from Official Stores
It is safer to download games only from official stores such as Steam, Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore.
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Games from these markets are not 100% secure, but they have been checked by store representatives and undergo a kind of screening process, so not all applications are available in these stores.
Buy Games from Official Website
If you want to purchase a game not available through official stores, buy it only from its official website. Double-check the URL and ensure its authenticity.
Beware of Phishing
Gamers should also be cautious of phishing campaigns and unknown players. Do not open links received via email or game chat unless you trust the sender. Also, do not open files received from strangers.
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Avoid Downloading Pirated Software or Content
Avoid downloading pirated software or illegal content, even if redirected to such software from a legitimate website.
Use Security Solutions
A strong and reliable security solution will be very helpful, especially if it doesn’t slow down your computer while you’re playing. At the same time, it will protect against all potential virtual threats.
Use Security Solutions on Mobile Devices
Use a robust cybersecurity solution to protect against harmful software and activities on mobile devices.