- S2 Grupo has assured that the increase in the volume of business of online video games and eSports has increased cyber-attacks in this sector.
- The team of experts from the cybersecurity company has drawn up a set of ten recommendations for playing safely, including the importance of creating an exclusive email address for this purpose, not linking bank cards or manipulating consoles, among others.
Valencia, 29 June 2020 – S2 Grupo has assured that the great increase in turnover of eSports and online video games has exponentially increased cyber-attacks in this sector and, therefore, it is essential that players, adults or young people, know the keys to enjoy them without running security risks that could endanger the bank account or the privacy of families, among other aspects.
“Video games no longer address issues of age, there are millions of players, a lot of money is generated daily, many cybercriminals, various cyber-attacks and also consequences. Now there are eSports stars and their championships are televised. And we have seen this grow even more during the Covid-19 crisis and the quarantine,” said José Rosell, managing partner of S2 Grupo.
“Online gaming environments have changed, their economic impact as well, and therefore we must be aware of the new rules of the sector to avoid unnecessary risks. At S2 Grupo we have prepared a report on the situation of the sector in order to detect the most frequent vulnerabilities that we undertake in relation to online gaming and thus establish a decalogue with keys for its cybersecure use“, said Miguel A. Juan.
Decalogue of cyber security in online video games and eSports
These are the 15 recommendations that the S2 Grupo team of experts has established, after studying the state of cyber security in the sector, to enjoy these environments without risks:
1.- Create an exclusive email account for online video games. It is important to have an email account for each gaming ecosystem (Sony, Nintendo, etc.) and not to link access to games through social networks because they will have a lot of personal information available. In these new emails no private data should be given.
2.- Use new and strong passwords: These must have at least 12 characters including upper and lower case letters as well as special characters such as “%” and a mix between numbers and letters.
3.- Do not link credit or debit cards to online video games. It is advisable not to associate any bank card, but to use a virtual wallet. The ideal thing for purchases in online games, is to create a PayPal account exclusively for this.
4.- Do not manipulate the consoles: By manipulating or altering we are losing the guarantee of the device on the one hand, and the security applied from the design on the other hand.
5.- Download video games from official stores: Downloading video games from unknown websites can lead to the infection of our devices and compromise our private information.
6.- Connect to known and reliable networks – When we play online video games, especially on mobile devices, we tend to connect to public networks such as a restaurant or an airport when we have the opportunity. These are open, vulnerable and unreliable networks. It is advisable to use our mobile data, preferably.
7.- Always log out of your account: If you play on a third party device or lan-party, you should not forget to log out of your account and delete temporary files, browsing history and cookies.
8.- Always keep devices updated.
9.- Install an antivirus .- On all devices is basic to have a trusted antivirus (preferably paid) that adds an extra layer of security to the devices through which we play online.
10.- Limit the use of chats and participation in online communities – Many times they can cause cases of grooming or cyberbullying.
11.- Do not access unknown links or extensions – In many forums, video game communities or chats with unknown players, it is common to publish or send different links or extensions. When we have the slightest doubt of its origin or reliability, we should not access it because it can lead to infect our game device.
12.- Use parental control app – It is necessary to use a parental control app that allows us to keep track of the way our children play. We must also take into account that some video games have their own parental control by default.
13.- Proactively encourage the use of video games adapted to each age.
14.- Disable GPS and use camera covers – Another important risk of online video games is cyber-spying. Access to the real-time location and activation of the GPS or the device’s camera can provide valuable information to cybercriminals. That is why it is advisable to use a mobile camera cover and deactivate the GPS when we do not necessarily have it activated for online gaming.
- Create an atmosphere of trust and awareness – We must warn minors of the different risks they are exposed to and their consequences.