Tips to Protect Yourself From Online MMO Security Threats

 Paul Greenhalgh   General   22 May, 2014

MMO stands for a massively multiplayer online game. It is a huge multiplayer video game that is able to support a large number of players at the same time. It is necessary to use the Internet in order to play these games. Although MMO's differ from game to game, most have at least one persistent world, which means the gaming environment continues to change even after you have logged off. This type of game is becoming more and more popular by the day. Due to the huge amount of people who are logging in, it is extremely important to make sure that your personal information is extremely secure. There are many online games that are not regulated and so run rampant with people trying to steal information. In order to protect yourself from MMO security threats, it is extremely important that you follow these tips.

Do Not Give Out Personal Information

The best way to protect you is to not divulge any personal information about yourself. In order to avoid identify theft while you play MMO games, it is best to keep any personal details to yourself. In fact, identity theft is only one of many different threats that can come from disclosing personal information on MMO game sites. Not only should you not give out personal information, but you should also avoid giving out information about your player history or account details.

Steer Clear From Pirated Games

It can be extremely tempting to try your hand at a pirated game, however it is best to avoid these in order to remain secure. The lure of a pirated game is not worth the risk of penalties as well as viruses that often are contained within them. As far as penalties go, getting caught with a pirated game can come with very strict punishment such as suspension of your account or having your console blocked from the server entirely.

Look For Clear Signs That the Server is Secure

There are many different ways to make sure you are on a secure site. Looking for these will ensure that your personal information stays out of the wrong hands. Whether its buying a new game, entering in your credit card information, or simply updating your account information, there are three main ways of determining if the site you are using is secure. The first sign is to ensure that there is an https prefix in the sites address. Secondly, make sure there is a lock icon in the browser bar of the website. This is a sign that the website is encrypted and therefore safe. Lastly, look out for security certificates, licenses and other such logos that are an indicator that the website is safe to use. When a website has such a logo it means that the company is keeping up to date on all of their security software.

Protect Your Gaming Account with a Password

Even if you are the only one using your gaming account, it is a good idea to protect it with a password. Many hackers will choose accounts that aren't protected by a password to hack, as they are the easiest ones to get in to. When choosing a password make sure that it contains a number of different characters including numbers and upper and lower case letters as well as symbols.

Be Wary of Using Cheats

If a gamer or website offers to give you a cheat then this is a definite red flag. Never download "free cheats" as these more often then not contain viruses or spyware. However, if you do find a cheat that seems legitimate at least ask a few of your gaming friends whether or not they have had successful results with downloading it.

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