Growing concern for the well-being of children and young people amid soaring online gaming crimes

Growing concern for the well-being of children and young people amid soaring online gaming crimes

How to keep your children safe from the soaring gaming online attacks? Read to know.



Although the majority of online players are true enthusiasts who love virtual worlds and the excitement of sharing games with other players, it is possible that someone with bad intentions tries to enter the group and constitutes a danger.

"20 years ago enjoying a video game with people located on the other side of the world was just a dream. For today's boys and girls, this reality is just a few clicks away. But cooperating or competing with complete strangers, whose names the smallest know only by their nicknames in the game, carries its risks ", comments Camilo Gutiérrez, developer of SpelaHarpan.com, a Scandinavian gaming company.

"In addition to attackers who are looking for money, there are those who will go too far just to manipulate, harass, annoy and demotivate others from playing the game. Being aware of the risks to which you are exposed is key to educating and maintaining a dialogue with minors. At the same time, protecting the systems, keeping them updated and with installed security solutions allow them to enjoy the Internet safely, "he says.

Gamer attack

It is good to specify how attacks on gamers usually develop. And is that the attackers use various techniques to scam users, many of them betting on deception and factors such as impatience or greed.

Keep in mind that in the video game industry, new releases can be expensive. Young gamers who depend on their parents' money are often unable to purchase every single latest game, which may mean not being able to share games with their friends.

The attackers are aware of it and seek to lead them into a trap by promising free versions of the game. The way to achieve this is by entering questionable forums or specific links.

Even if the game is there, it could have been infected with malware capable of spying on its victims, encrypting their most valuable information, or even damaging the devices they use to play games.

Be careful with the competitions

Young gamers can be very competitive and resort to certain traps to beat their opponents. But, in this way, they put themselves at risk since the attackers can misuse the situation and promise to reveal some "cheats" in exchange for the player following certain steps or visiting particular sites or forums, where they will try to obtain their details. Personal.

Attacks on games and platforms. Not all attacks are directed at the players. In some cases, the goal is the video game platform or the game itself.

Certain common scenarios include DDoS attacks, which flood platform servers with bogus traffic and cause downtime, theft of user passwords, as well as the creation of fake gaming sites to achieve various malicious goals, such as infecting victims with malware or extracting their personal and financial information.

In the event of an attack on the game or platform, the consequences for players can range from a short period of inactivity or a request for a password change to more severe problems, such as the theft of sensitive and personal information.

Recommendation

In this sense, to keep the little gamer out of danger, ESET emphasizes that it is important to help configure their devices correctly and encourage them to follow the best care practices.

Like for example, buying the games. Downloading the latest titles for free can be tempting, but it carries significant risk.

Direct links or torrents to "free versions" of popular games often lead to infected files. In this sense, patience is key.

Whether playing on a high-powered smartphone, tablet, or computer, gamers should keep their devices up-to-date at all times.

Do not forget that gaming devices should be properly protected with a reliable security solution, capable of detecting and blocking malicious attacks, identifying malicious links, and eliminating malware that wants to enter the system at all times.

Lastly, use strong passwords. Users should also enable double factor authentication whenever possible, as this will block login attempts even if attackers manage to guess the password.

Remember not to cheat. Cheats can simplify the game but also ruin the experience for other players and expose the player to various threats.

Avoid suspicious offers: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Many gamers have already been lured into traps that promised free games or special items and then had to pay the price.

Choose age-appropriate games. Older adults should act as guardians in choosing a safe play space for the child. Always seek advice on what is age-appropriate in expert forums and recommendations.


Media Details

Company: Spela Harpen

Contact person: Florian Lukas

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Website: SpelaHarpan.com


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