Gamers encouraged to protect online accounts



Did you know that an estimated 1.2 billion of us are regularly logging on, signing up and playing online – but whenever money or personal data is changing hands on-line we must be aware that criminals can be watching.

Following some recent speculation, The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has recommended that all gamers increase their security measures as a precaution. The NCSC suggest using a different password from other logins, enabling two-factor authentication where possible. As an example, you may be prompted to enter a code sent to another device when you log in to your gaming platform. You should also consider how much personal information you share online. The more credentials that you submit to a gaming site, the greater the risk of a cyber-attack to your device. You could even risk fraud if you are providing payment details without checking the site is secure. While many of us enjoy gaming and the opportunity to play with others online, always be mindful of cyber security and report any suspicious activities. The NCSC online gamers guidance can be found at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/online-gaming-for-families-and-individuals

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