Best Practices to Minimize Risks for Online Gaming

Contributed by Emily Walters.

Online gaming is a market that is growing as more multiplayer, internet based games are released. With this growing market comes a growing risk for the consumers. While games are being given more features that are unique, it is opening up possibilities for security risks. It is the people who play video games responsibility to stay informed, be aware, do research, and comply with a benevolent gaming social experience. Unfortunately, not all gamers want to have a safe and fun environment for all to enjoy. Some of these people want to create problems for the companies providing the gaming service, or people who enjoy the game. So, what practices can gamers use to minimize security risks for online gaming?

Online gaming is when a person plays a video game over the internet or a computer network (Schurman). This can be accomplished through a personalized computer (PC), console, or even a mobile device. Back in the early 1990’s when most video games were on CD-ROMs and cartridges gaming was much simpler. The games were single player, or someone had to be physically in the room in order to play the multiplayer modes (Langshaw). Before the launch of the Xbox Live network in 2002 there had been many failed attempts to establish online gaming (Langshaw). Microsoft used the failed attempts of the companies before to set the key stone for the online gaming we know today (Langshaw). As the internet and its capabilities grow the risks associated with the growth also increase.

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