So you’ve managed to earn a spot on the leaderboard and also get some perks to get that spot in that fast-paced game. But hackers also have the appropriate skills, and what’s the fun if your account doesn’t get hacked all at once. Jokes aside, a perfect world doesn’t exist (not even in the gaming space).
There have been several high-profile data breaches on the gaming platform, most recently FIFA Ultimate Team merchants being hijacked by hackers who have stripped their accounts of FIFA points and coins. It went to such an extent that these crooks camouflage as account owners to bypass two-factor authentication. This is not the first time that something like this has happened online.
A few years ago, the accounts of thousands of Fortnite players were hacked and the hackers took away hundreds of dollars at once. Although gaming platforms are striving to protect their users, hackers are improving their skills as well. We have no intention of blowing the gasket, but list some hygiene practices that you can follow to protect your gaming account/accounts from being hacked online.
How to protect gaming account from hackers
create a strong password
We have passed those days of having simple and easy passwords. And sure, most of you got smart enough to set up a unique password for your account, but if it includes the name of your favorite character, it’s just as easy to figure out. It is therefore advisable to create a strong password that does not spell a single word, for example, Kozhikode_174 (this is not my password), but is a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols- av87617Z.a!= (this is my password) Password is not either of the two).
let the password manager do the work
If you have multiple gaming accounts and it is difficult to remember the strong password of each account, it is better to download a password manager that will do the job for you. You can use LastPass, Bitwarden, 1Password. It is recommended to use one of these apps on your phone if remembering password for password manager is difficult for you (defense fingerprint unlock).
Enable two-factor authentication
Yes, EA itself confirmed hackers were able to take advantage of ‘human error’ to bypass two-factor authentication, but it’s still advisable to enable 2FA when logging in to something. The time you get a text or e-mail with a code. In simple words, a warning that someone else is trying to access your account in Steam, Epic Games or EA for that matter. Enabling 2FA requires different gaming apps to follow different instructions. Simply navigate to the Security feature and follow the process to add that security blanket to your account.
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