The pandemic has been pretty grim all round but for many gamers it has been a bit of boon. Gaming sales have taken off and gamers can game to their hearts content without distraction. Nintendo sales tripled in the half year to September 2020 while global gaming industry sales have topped $10bn (£7.6bn) each month since March 2020 and sales keep on growing.

But gamers are also under a barrage of assaults by cyber criminals:
  • 2020 research from gaming lifestyle festival, DreamHack in conjunction with Akamai, Gaming: You can’t solo security, estimates that in the past two years there have been 152 million web application attacks and as many as 10 billion credential stuffing attacks aimed at gamers.
Protection plus speed

If you’ve got a PC gamer in your home, or you’re a PC gamer yourself, are you familiar with BullGuard Game Booster?

It’s a feature of all BullGuard antivirus products and is designed to give gamers the protection they need without interfering or slowing gaming down.
  • Game Booster recognises when a game is active and other apps are also running.
  • It automatically isolates all other apps (which are not games) on one or two CPU cores and stops annoying pop-ups.
  • As a result, the other CPU cores are fully dedicated to the gaming app, enhancing gameplay without lag.
  • Gamers are protected with award-winning anti-malware that also includes advanced machine learning which detects and stops new attack methods as they emerge.
Why is it important?

The key thing about gaming is fast uninterrupted play. Anything that gets in the way of this is a curse for gamers; it spoils the game and sets players back when competing in multi-player games.
  • To avoid game play being slowed down or interrupted many gamers will turn off antivirus technology because it can slow gaming down, or they won’t use it at all.
  • Antivirus software is seen as resource intensive taking up lots of processing power that can be better used for uninterrupted, lightning fast gaming. But unfortunately gamers have targets on their backs as far as cyber criminals are concerned. One of the most popular attack objectives is stealing ID credentials which are then sold on the underground black market.
  • To steal ID credentials hackers use common methods such as SQL injections to penetrate backend databases and Local File Inclusion (LFI) which exploits vulnerable web applications.
  • But many attackers prefer to use the much simpler phishing email route, which sends gamers to malicious web pages where ID credentials are stolen. Malware is also a significant problem. In November 2020, Capcom, the game developer behind the infamous Resident Evil, Street Fighter and Dark Stalkers, said that a ransomware attack had compromised the personal data of up to 400,000 gamers.
  • Ransomware attacks have infected many games, including favourites like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Minecraft.
This is why BullGuard Game Booster is so important. It provides the protection gamers so badly need without compromising performance.

In fact, in one like-for-like comparison games ran faster on a computer using BullGuard Game Booster than they did on another computer that had no antivirus software running on it.

Check out this short video from gaming experts to find out more.