Playing Online Games Safely
Many computer and console video games can be
played online against other players over the Internet.
Players are allowed to communicate sometimes using
text messages typed into the computer and sometimes
using a microphone. They share many of the features
of online chat forums such as unfiltered discussions
and anonymous players.
Online gaming is fun, but to be a smart gamer,
you should follow these tips:-
Understand the game's ratings, privacy statements
and other related terms and conditions before
joining online game community. Many (online)
games now have a rating awarded by the Entertainment
Software Rating Board (ESRB). Select the
game suitable for you. You should also understand
the privacy statements and how the game manufacturers
or providers will use your personal information.
Online gamers are played interactively in
real time. Bear in mind that other users may
try to collect your information, commit fraud,
or steal your cyber assets while you are playing.
They may also use inappropriate language in
communications and sometimes try to insult
you and other gamers. If you encounter such
situations such as offensive language from
a gamer, you can "mute" or "block"
them in most online games. Alternatively you
may report the case to the game site master
or seek advice from your parents and teachers.
chat online safely.
Be sure to agree a playing schedule and
rules with your parents. Spending too much
time playing online games will affect your
health and impair your schedule for studies
and other activities. Don't get addicted!
Never give out any real personal
information to strangers. Choose a user
name and create a personal profile that does
not reveal any personal information.
Fraud can be found in online games. Watch
out for scams and cons when buying
or selling of cyber assets. Find out how
to protect yourself from fraud.
Make sure you keep your game software up
to date. Most multiplayer games automatically
update themselves before letting you connect.
Be wary about downloading any unauthorised
program relating to the game.
Third party game plugins might provide extra
fun and help to advance your game level quickly.
However, in many cases, plugins contains malicious
code such as virus or Trojan horse. Learn
how to protect
You may have played a particular online
game for a long time and collected a lot of
experience, points and assets in the game.
These items become your property, and you
have to learn how to protect
your account and password so that other
people cannot break into your account and
steal your stuff.
Online game characters and properties can
become commodities and are traded in real
world market, for real money. Find out how
to trade properly and shop
safely in the Internet world.