In case you didn't get the memo, this week is apparently Gamer Safety Week, according to the Merchant Risk Council's Gamer Safety Alliance. This week marks the second annual awareness campaign to draw attention to gaming account safety with the hope of teaching the community about the ramifications of having their online identity compromised (hint: it's real bad).
The campaign offers suggestions for keeping your accounts secure including adding additional security levels such as phone numbers or secondary email addresses to all online accounts, installing the latest security updates for games and online devices, installing and updating various security software (virus, spyware and malware protection) taking advantage of browser phishing filters and by creating strong passwords that are not shared with any other user or any other account.
"A user's reputation, history and online identity can be lost in just minutes," says Arthur Chu, lead fraud manager for Nexon America, as part of the campaign. "It is therefore critical for users with online accounts to take steps to safeguard those accounts, and equally important for companies to provide users with robust tools and resources."
"Once someone else has access to your virtual account they can use any payment type you have on file and may also be able to access other online profiles that you own," adds Doug Park, director of online safety for Microsoft's Xbox.
You can learn more about how you can better protect yourself online by visiting www.merchantriskcouncil.org.