Online gaming can be fun and even help you build some real-life skills. But, is your privacy worth risking for entertainment? Online gaming platforms and privacy concerns have always gone hand in hand. Often, the design of the game is not secure from hackers. Many online gaming platforms even sell user data to big companies. So, how can you preserve your private data from third parties
The Major Risks
Some of the key risks involving online gaming platforms include –
- No restrictions on camera/microphone access
- Tracking the locations of the players
- Lack of protection on the gaming servers
- In-game malware or ransomware
- Hidden charges (never give up financial info without reading the terms of the agreement)
Players must stick to visiting an original site that has a track record of providing safe services. Also, make sure not to play online games using unknown Wi-Fi networks.
Playing it Safe
There are some general approaches that you can apply to your gaming or basic internet browsing habits. Some of them include –
- Refraining from downloading gaming mods.
- Never download files from random websites.
- Keep an adblocker on to avoid clickbait ads or in-app purchases.
- Take breaks while gaming. Excessive activity may expose you to predators/hackers on the platform.
- Make sure the platform offers strict privacy settings.
- Refrain from playing with random players.
- Don’t share private information. Use a secondary email ID for gaming on these platforms.
You must visit sites that offer specific safety guidelines. Research proficiently before entering an unknown digital world.
Using a VPN for Online Gaming?
Virtual Private Networks offer online gamers an easy way to maintain their privacy on all websites. These networks encrypt any data that websites extract. This includes your IP address, any data receive/send to the website, and your internet history. Top online gamers use VPNs because they –
- Protect gamers from Distributed DoS attacks that are quite common on platforms simultaneously engaging multiple users.
- Encrypt gaming history
- All private data is completely safe
- VPNs enable users to access games from foreign countries. Simply switch your location to overcome geo-blocks.
VPNs are cheap. Plus, there are countless providers in the market. Choose a VPN that offers special services for gamers!
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