Back in the day, we all used one password for gaming. Sadly, the landscape has changed, and now we must seek help to protect our identity online.
We’re a decade removed from Leeroy Jenkins, the oft-spoken in-joke myself and all my World of Warcraft pals quoted ad nauseam, and it’s still funny. Somewhat. Which got me thinking. WoW really was the first instance of globally connected gaming. Prior to that, it was all LAN. Be it at Internet cafes, school or a friend’s place. You could always see everyone you were playing Counter-Strike against. I mean, you mightn’t be able to trust them with placing the bomb, but you certainly trusted them with your virtual stuff.
World of Warcraft changed all that. Security became part of the global hunt, seared in by bitter experience. We were new to the concept, so we used one uniform password for everything, and we were caught out. Having your avatar robbed was so constant a fear, it was almost an achievement to have it happen to you. I was worth being ripped off.
2006 was a hell of a drug.
But, looking back, we were young, stupid and foolish.
Which brings me to this decade. Doing almost anything online, including gaming, requires creating accounts, and every game worth playing is online. Sadly, those cretins who stole my paladin back in the early noughties have similarly evolved, while we’ve gone the other way. Too many credentials to remember for everything has made us lazy.
Which brings me to the development of our profiles. Considering the current landscape of charging gamers to improve their online experience (or make you as competitive as everyone else *cough* Battlefront), our profiles are worth far more than the zero it cost us when we signed up. The awful truth: criminals have learned very well how to make money by gaining access to our accounts.
Gaming accounts have other uses for criminals as well. For starters, your account can be used to send phishing links to your friends. Friends know and trust each other, and they may click on links sent by friends without a second thought. And some of your friends might have valuable stuff in their accounts (and their friends might as well, and on and on).
Another use relies on the laziness I mentioned earlier. Even if you abandon a game and have nothing at all in your account, if your login credentials are the same as the ones you use for your e-mail, social media etc, then your worthless gaming account becomes an unkempt boulevard to have your identity stolen.
To help gamers (and other account holders) of all stripes, Kaspersky Total Security includes Password Manager for convenient management of passwords, plus strengthening measures such as creating strong random passwords and storing them safely both locally and in the cloud. That means you can have tons of unique, strong passwords and manage them easily on several devices.
In addition to using a password manager, keep your passwords completely private and change them regularly. It will help you protect your gaming accounts, so you don’t have to.
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