As long as technology evolves, hacking and scamming will do the same. It’s a sad fact! However, that doesn’t mean you have to sit by and let the latest phishing and hacking attempts spoil your fun and potentially take what’s yours.
Yes – gaming scams are real, and they are undoubtedly rife. Whether you’re keen to play at the best NJ online casino or have designs on giving an MMORPG a try, you’ll need to do things to keep your money and your data safe.
Don’t pay for illegal backdoors
Gaming can be expensive. It’s not unreasonable to want to save a little money here and there! However, one of the most prevalent scams revolves around tricking unwitting players into getting a wide range of games on the cheap.
It’s not unheard of for scammers to suggest you can buy your way into a ‘portal’ for unlimited games for a handful of dollars. Don’t trust it – you’re paying dearly for torrents, which is outright piracy (and you’re in expensive trouble if you get caught).
Trust only the developer
Phishing scams have extended beyond the odd email here and there into the world of in-game IMs. Regardless of where you receive a link that suggests you need to change a password or alter your settings, don’t click it unless you recognize the source.
Carefully check the sender and, where possible, match them with your existing records. If they seem safely legitimate, you are likely good to go – but even then, it pays to be safe rather than sorry.
Check the apps you’re downloading
Always check the publisher whenever you want to download a game app, portal app, or download platform. Apple’s iOS App Store tends to be pretty stringent on who can publish and who can’t, but it still pays to look carefully at the developer’s name, the age of the app, and whether or not there are any reviews.
Android users may want to avoid apps that aren’t officiated or regulated through the Google Play store. Thanks to the open nature of the Android OS, scams and backdoors to steal information and money are regrettably still common.
Above all, check the details on any potential downloads before you go ahead and tap them into your life.
Your passwords are yours alone
No one should be asking you for your gaming passwords – whether it’s your teammates online or someone purporting to be a developer, or someone official, this is something that’s exclusive to you. If you’re asked for any security details other than the usual questions you might set up when you register, keep them close to your chest.
Gaming can cost a pretty penny or two. However, one of the best ways to save money playing games is to simply be averse to sharing any details that could let hackers into your cash! Read terms and app details carefully – and don’t become another statistic.