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One in ten gamers in Saudi Arabiahave had their ID stolen $347bn could potentially be at risk

Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky, said, “When gaming, it’s important to consider from the outset, how you can best avoid or handle bullies, cheats and hackers. Acting on this early means you can put many of those fears to the side and focus on enjoying the game.”
Kaspersky offers seven ways to help be as safe as possible while gaming online:

  1. Buy from official sources
    Always shop for PC games either on well-known platforms like Steam and GOG or on official developer sites.
  2. Save smart
    Official stores often provide amazing discounts, or even free games. But many e-mail offers can be a scam – go to the developer’s or store’s website to see if the discount is mentioned there – if not, it’s not real.
  3. Check the return policy
    Before buying, know the store’s rules for returning a game you don’t like or that doesn’t work on your computer.
  4. Use a dedicated card for online shopping
    Instead of linking a card that has all your savings, get a debit card for online shopping and top it up as needed. That way, should intruders break in to a site you use, they won’t get much.
  5. Use a secure connection
    We recommend logging in to online stores only from home – having properly secured your home network and using products like Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection.
  6. Protect your accounts
    Protect your account on Steam and Battle.net, and on any social network profiles you use to sign in to gaming stores (but don’t use social network accounts to log in elsewhere if you can help it).
  7. Protect your devices
    The computers, smartphones, and tablets you use for gaming also need protection. A reliable solution like Kaspersky Security Cloud blocks fraudulent websites and malware, provides alerts about security issues, and, contrary to popular misconception, does not spoil gameplay. The Gaming Mode you’ll find in modern security solutions turns on automatically when you play in full-screen mode.

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