The videogame console manufacturers have painted a rosy picture of the benefits of cloud capability in gaming, but they have failed to mention the risks. On the “pro” side, cloud-based gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and the Wii U have some amazing features: the ability to play from multiple consoles and devices, more data storage, seamless play and instant access to new games. Plus, there’s no need to download large updates. However, cloud-based gaming may not be as secure as you think.
Follow these basic security measures to help keep your information safe up in the cloud:
Monitor the Information You Share
This one is especially important for children. According to LifeLock, there has been an increase in the theft of children’s identities. This information can be used to commit employment or benefit-related fraud or to open up bank and credit card accounts in these children’s names. It often goes undetected for years, because parents don’t think to monitor their kids’ credit. As most child gamers aren’t aware of this risk, it is important adults monitor how much information their children share online.
Use Multiple Complex Passwords
Use different passwords for every account, make your passwords complex and don’t save your passwords when given the choice. Microsoft.com offers help on how to create strong passwords, as well as a password checker to check the strength of your password.
Don’t Link Up
Often there are options to link all your accounts. However, CNN Tech recommends not connecting all your accounts together. By linking all of your information, if one account is compromised, it’s easy for hackers to get access to all your accounts.
Delete Information Behind You
Gaming console companies make it easy to purchase videogames and add-on content through their stores. Simply put in your credit card information and purchase whatever you like. They even offer to save your credit card information. Take the time to go back and delete this credit card information.
Watch for Hackers
With all the information available through the cloud, hackers are getting trickier and smarter. When playing in an online environment, be aware of what you are saying and doing with unknown players. Much like computer hackers, gaming hackers are constantly looking for new ways to hack into the console clouds.
While cloud services have expanded and improved the world of console gaming, it is essential for anyone who is gaming on those consoles to protect themselves and their information.