As the details of EA game breach emerge, OneLogin would like to reach out to our gamer community offering them security tips and guidance on how you can protect yourself, your online identities and your digital data against further and future cybersecurity threats.
- Protect Your Devices: The best way to protect your devices is to assign them a secure storage location in your bedroom/home. Store your laptop and Macbook in a safe place at the end of the day.
- Secure Your Devices: Make sure all your technology devices have access control in place. Access control via PIN and/or password. Make sure your devices have anti-virus and/or malware detection software installed on them. Ensure malware detection notifications are allowed. Disable Bluetooth when you are not actively looking for a Bluetooth connection.
- Secure Your Network Connection: Avoid open public WiFi networks. Add security to your home WiFi connection by setting up a username and password that is required to gain access to your home network. If you have access to use a virtual private network, then use it.
- Secure Your Communication Accounts: Keep your email and communication accounts to the minimum required for both email and instant messaging communication channels. Ensure all communication accounts access control in place. Don’t rely on just using a username and password, consider making them require two-factor authentication for access.
- Protect Your Communications Accounts Against Phishing: Don’t open emails and/or instant messages from people you don’t know. Check that the sender is who they say they are. This makes sure someone’s not trying to pretend to be someone you do know. Do not click on links contained in these communications until you verify the sender is someone you know. Don’t download email attachments you’re not expecting to receive.
- Secure Your Apps: Configure access control for all apps you use. Configure user profiles with the highest privacy settings. Only download Apps and games from legitimate sites and App stores. This reduces the risk of you downloading malware onto your devices.
- Safe Gaming: Configure security account settings for all your gaming accounts. Make sure all your gaming accounts require access control. Set unique strong passwords/passphrases for each of your gaming accounts. Be wary of people impersonating others in group chats and trying to befriend you. Do your part to de-escalate online conflict by not taking other gamers’ actions personally.
- Safe Socialising: When you’re on social media, don’t befriend people you don’t actually know in your real life. Protect your privacy by applying the highest privacy settings on your social media accounts. Be careful of what you share to minimize future impact to your identity and your digital footprint,
- Report Cyberbullies and Online Stalkers: Limit how much you reveal about your daily routines, habits or travels. If you ever feel uncomfortable or threatened by someone online, immediately stop communicating with that person and alert a responsible adult, like a parent or career guidance or your career mentor.
- Consider a Career in Cybersecurity: According to a survey by the Centre for Cyber Safety and Education, there will be 1.8 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2022. If you enjoyed applying and practicing these security controls, consider cybersecurity as a career. Research OneLogin product offerings and how we help our customers organizations protect access to their systems and data.