Computer Security (Shop Safe, Play Hard)

Shop safe, play hard
You might think that you don’t have to worry about security while shopping online or playing games, but as the PlayStation Network data breach and the more recent hack into the server of the steam gaming platform on shopping platform both show, you are vulnerable even when your at play. HOWEVER, JUST TAKING some basic steps can keep your data more secure, and let you focus on holding the fort against The HordeUse strong passwordsYour password is your first line of defense in protecting your personal information, and it is one aspect of security that you can directly control, so make it good. I some times see people use 12345 or ABCD as their password. That is really bad. Consider using a “pass phrase” like “thetimeis6pm” instead of a password – that’s, string several words together, and replace some letter with other characters. Also, come up with a mnemonic that only you know, and apply it to your passwords. The only person to trust with your password is your God.Avoid entering your credit card informationSome gaming services or other services, such as stream, can store credit card information to make buying games and other product easier. If you have a choice, though, try to avoid using your credit card altogether. This can reduce the risk of your number being stolen in the event that a company’s servers become compromised. Consider using a prepaid credit card or virtual credit card so that you don’t have to give out your actual credit card information. Check with your bank to see what it offersUse prepaid gift cardsFor some gaming service or store, such as PlayStation Network, Walmart store or Xbox Live, you can purchase prepaid cards of gift cards and use those instead of paying with your credit card. This may be a good option if you’re feeling extra paranoid about giving out your credit card details. And these prepaid cards are readily available – look for them at your local supermarket.Use a designated email accountIn other words, set up an email account specifically for use with any credit card you are going to be using online. That way, if someone compromises one of your accounts and gets hold of the email address you used with another service, your main email account won’t be inundated with spam. And because of its service – only use, if your email account becomes compromised, you’ll face a lower risk of having other accounts (Such as your online banking account) hijacked as well. Of course, you should still make sure to use a strong password for your online account and other email account your have.Beware of Facebook gamesWhen you approve a Facebook apps or game (FarmVille, Mafia Wars, or whatever), you allow that app to access various bits of personal data that you’ve posted to your Facebook profile.Users implicitly trust app developers, to manage such personal data responsibly, but ultimately it’s out of our hands: in October 2010, for instance, a class-action lawsuit alleged that Facebook game developer Zynga (FarmVille, Mafia Wars) gave users’ personal information to advertisers and others, violating US privacy laws and Facebook’s own policies.So if you care about your privacy, don’t approve any and every app somebody invites you to try. Instead, use apps only from developers you trust. And if possible, check the app’s terms of use and privacy policy before you approve it, so you know what you’re getting into.Use Steam GuardIf you use the Steam service, use Steam Guard. It’s a feature that adds security to Steam accounts by requiring you to respond to a confirmation email every time you sign into Steam from a new computer. That step will help prevent someone from being able to log into your account and purchase games or access your personal information without your consent.

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