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12/11/2020
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7 Security Tips for Gamers

Gamers can expect to be prime targets over the holidays as COVID-19 rages on. Here's some advice on how to keep hackers at bay.
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Don't Readily Share Personal Information
Gamers should not share personal information, such as their birthdays and street addresses, says Curtis Simpson, chief information security officer at Armis. Granted, gaming companies often ask for this information, but it's not necessary to disclose it, he says. Armed with such details, a fraudster could easily set up a phony bank account in a gamer's name -- and it happens all the time, especially to minors. 
'It's all about identity theft,' Simpson says. 'If sharing your birthday is not part of a legal transaction, then you don't have to do it.' 
Image Source: Adobe Stock: Alexander

Don't Readily Share Personal Information

Gamers should not share personal information, such as their birthdays and street addresses, says Curtis Simpson, chief information security officer at Armis. Granted, gaming companies often ask for this information, but it's not necessary to disclose it, he says. Armed with such details, a fraudster could easily set up a phony bank account in a gamer's name -- and it happens all the time, especially to minors.

"It's all about identity theft," Simpson says. "If sharing your birthday is not part of a legal transaction, then you don't have to do it."

Image Source: Adobe Stock: Alexander

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12/11/2020 | 2:48:14 PM
Protect your payment info too
Don't forget about protecting your payment info as well! One of the first things criminals do after compromising an online gaming account is drain the attached credit card to buy in-game items or currency, which they then trade or sell off to cash out. Instead of saving your card info to the game or service, use prepaid cards to pay for subscriptions and purchases. Its easy, Amazon has digital codes in different dollar increments for most of the big ones.
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