Tips from Virsage: Gaming Online Safely & Securely - February 2018
Posted by Andrea Montgomery on 19 February 2018 11:33 AM
Tips from Virsage: Gaming Online Safely & Securely
Online gaming is a great way to have fun; however, it also comes with its own set of unique risks. In this newsletter, we cover what you and your family can do to protect yourselves when gaming online.
What makes online gaming so fun is that you can play and communicate with others from anywhere in the world. Quite often you may not even know the people you are playing with. While the vast majority of people online are out to have fun just like you, there are those who want to cause harm. Here are some steps you should take to stay secure:
Steve Armstrong is the founder of Logically Secure, a certified SANS instructor, and the architect of CyberCPR, an Incident Management Platform. He is active on Twitter as @Nebulator and works with many big gaming companies around the world, fulfilling his childhood and professional dreams.
Children require extra protection and education when gaming online. Education and an open dialogue with your kids are two of the most effective steps you can take to protect them. One of our favorite tricks to get kids talking is to ask them to show you how their games work; have them walk you through their online world and show you what a typical game looks like. Perhaps you can even play the game with them. In addition, have them describe the different people they meet online. Quite often, online gaming can be a big part of your child’s social life. By talking to them (and having them talking to you), you can spot a problem and protect them far more effectively than any technology. Some additional steps include:
2017 Security Awareness Report
It’s here! Get your copy of the 2017 SANS Security Awareness report, It’s Time to Communicate. It’s jam-packed with data on security awareness, giving you tips and tricks to keep you safe. Download your free copy: https://securingthehuman.sans.org/resources/security-awareness-report-2017
Securing Your Home Network: https://securingthehuman.sans.org/ouch/2016#february2016
Social Engineering: https://securingthehuman.sans.org/ouch/2017#january2017
Password Manager: https://securingthehuman.sans.org/ouch/2015#october2015
Two-step Verification: https://securingthehuman.sans.org/ouch/2015#september2015
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