Did you know that gamers are not exempt from the danger that exists on the internet and are vulnerable to cyber attacks? That’s right, although it sounds crazy, those who spend it in front of their favorite games could be in danger. But don’t worry, our friend Jaime Durán, Director of Connectivity, Media and IP Products of the Northern Lumen Technologies Cluster, shares with us how to stay safe from cyberattacks as a gamer .
Did you know that the gaming industry is the second to receive the 500 largest cyber attacks in the world? Esports is a constantly growing phenomenon that perfectly represents the growth and influence of the digital world in our lives, according to Newzoo’s “eSports & Live Streaming Market Report”, it is expected that in 2022 this industry will exceed 1,380 million dollars in income.
Although competitive gaming has been around for a long time in Asian countries like South Korea, in recent years the demand from this market has skyrocketed. However, whether you’re a professional gamer, a casual gamer, or the parent of a gaming-obsessed child, if you don’t have protection for your devices, you risk falling victim to some kind of cyberattack. With the right protection, you can stop hackers before they become a problem.
Since esports is a diverse market, the gaming industry is an attractive target for cybercriminals. Not all gamers are professionals – some choose to play while streaming their experience on Livestream platforms like Twitch and YouTube Gaming, but all parties are constantly exposed to heavy losses due to DDoS attacks and other security threats.
Distributed network attacks are often referred to as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Unlike other types of cyberattacks, DDoS attacks do not attempt to breach a security perimeter. Rather, they aim to make a website and its servers unavailable to users.
According to Lumen Technologies’ quarterly DDoS report , online gaming received 13% of the 500 largest cyberattacks. Therefore, within the framework of World Internet Day.
We share prevention actions that you can apply to stay safe from cyberattacks if you are a gamer:
- Use strong and unique passwords: One of the easiest ways to protect yourself is to make sure your passwords are different across platforms. If you want to go further, you can even update your passwords once a month so that nothing increases your protection.
- Take advantage of additional security and privacy options when available – These can be in the form of two-factor authentication to ensure that the user claiming to be the account owner can easily verify this claim.
- Download only from trusted sources: Avoid third-party plugins, illegal downloads and cheat codes, they may seem like a good idea at first, but the consequences outweigh the promised benefits.
- Manage your gaming profiles: These days, gaming profiles should be treated like a regular social media profile and feed. Do not reveal information about yourself that is considered sensitive. You can choose who sees your gaming activities and who doesn’t.
The cyberattack risks faced by gamers have not changed much
Many of the risks online gamers faced a few years ago are still the risks they face today. The gaming industry must incorporate cybersecurity into software; to hardware and networks, with stronger authentication and other security controls to make it harder for attackers to control.
If as a player, you want to avoid being presented with a cyber threat; you must inform yourself about security practices that you can carry out before it is too late.
Taking time to play video games should be fun, a way to relax, blow off steam, and de-stress. However, let us also recognize that gaming is already part of the overall threat landscape. Make sure that you and your information are safe from any danger in the digital world and beyond.
Did you imagine that being a gamer will represent a risk to be a victim of cyber attacks?
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