Whether it’s a multiplayer game with an online community, or your children hogging your iPhone to play Farmville, the longer you spend playing online the more you’re at risk, socially and technologically.
Here are four easy ways to protect you and your family:
1. Keep your personal information private
Many games ask for your location, an e-mail address, to sync with your Facebook account or even for your credit card information. Try to avoid this when you can and if you’re not able to, be sure to monitor for any unusual activity in your accounts. Should your Facebook or bank account appear to be hacked, immediately change your password and alert customer service.
2. Install an antivirus program
Protect against viruses and worms, especially when playing on social networks. Password-protect your software so that it cannot be accidentally disabled, and run a virus scan after you download a new program to ensure that you didn’t download something you hadn’t intended to. Try the award-winning BullGuard Antivirus 12, free for 15 days.
3. Monitor your children
Familiarize yourself with the parental control features, this will allow you to decide what they can play, and who they play or communicate with. For young children, look into a kid’s browser such as KidZui. It gives your kids the freedom to explore the internet safely with pre-screened websites, games, and videos. Most importantly, talk to your children about the risks, and come up with rules together – to play safely!
4. Avoid online chat rooms
People aren’t always who they say they are. Don’t reveal personal information to other players.
Do you have a tip to play online safely? Have you ever downloaded something you shouldn’t have?