As the world of technology advances at such a phenomenal pace, it is sometimes hard to keep up to date with all the security measures that unfortunately, also need updating.
If you want to be on the safe side, you might just want to play online games for free, but if you’re really sure about online gaming, here are a few things to keep in mind in 2014:
Be suspicious of anything unexpected
The chances are that if you reading this article, you’re quite tech savvy, but even the best of us can get caught out sometimes. Whether it’s clicking that link in your email, or instantly winning a prize on that site that you can’t remember opening, it’s important to ask yourself, “would this kind of offer present itself to me on the street?”
What’s more is the fact that scams don’t just happen in badly written emails, or via some deceased king in Nigeria. Scammers are getting smarter, which means you should be getting wiser. If you give out your details to anywhere that is not trusted, just think… is it possible for someone to use this information to log into other shop accounts, such as Amazon.
Change your password at least once a month
Like falling for the most subtle scam, keeping the same password for years at a time can be something that just happens, and we’re in no doubt that most of us do it.
Of course, we’re not talking so much about your Facebook or Twitter accounts (though they count too), but bank accounts, online shopping accounts, online gaming memberships – all of them should be changed at least once a month.
And that’s the advice of an ex FBI agent.
Ensure an encrypted connection
Whenever you enter important information into a website, especially financial information, ensure that the URL begins with ‘HTTPS’. Additionally, the browser should display a little padlock icon right next to the website address.
By clicking on this, you’ll be able to see all the info about the SSL authentication certificate that has been issued to the site. This kind of thing is being taken so seriously that Google has even pledged to boost rankings of websites that switch to HTTPS.
It is important to check that the SSL encryption is in place to protect your secure information when you play on social gaming websites or when buying goods online. This information is usually quite easy to find and most websites will display it clearly in the main menu, if it is hard to find then you might need to think about how much you trust the website.
Use your own computer at all times
Yes, this one might seem a little drastic, but its advice that is being given by some of the world’s leading security experts. This means avoiding internet cafes, airport computers, libraries and basically anywhere else where you might need to enter financial information to banks or retailers.
As you can guess, many public computers have spyware programmes running on them – often downloaded by hapless users.
Some experts are even going as far as suggesting using only your own WiFi or G3 connection, even if you decide to use your own computer or personal device. The next time you decide to pop onto the cloud at the train station, it’s important to be aware that anything that you do online can be intercepted by cyber criminals.
These guys don’t mess around, they put a lot of time and effort making sure that they get your money, because at the end of the day, it’s how they make a living.
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