It wasn’t so long ago that gaming was seen as something of a solitary pastime. It conjured images of youngsters locked away in darkened rooms, just them and their consoles or PCs, lost in a virtual world of fantasy, warfare or sport.
Today, of course all that has changed, both in terms of the demographics and the social nature of gaming. For one thing, practically all of us are gamers these days. Anyone aged 50 or under grew up with gaming as a part of their lives, and most never grew out of it. It is simply as routine, popular an accepted pastime as watching TV or reading a book.
For another, the technological revolution has made gaming a far more social activity. Online games can be battled out between people on opposite sides of the globe in real time. There is also a far wider variety of games, not least to meet the needs of this broader demographic – after all, we might not grow out of gaming per se, but there comes a time when even the most devoted will get tired of Dungeons and Dragons!
Of course, there is also a downside, and that is the fact that in every walk of life, there are scammers, chancers and downright criminals. The gaming community is no exception, so here are some top tips to make sure your gaming experience is a safe one.
Protect your funds at the casino
The online casino sector has grown like no other – again, this is a consequence of more adult gamers looking for adult oriented games. The variety of casinos online is nothing short of mind-boggling, and each offers a subtly different experience, and will have its own welcome bonuses and so on. One thing to make extra certain of is the payment method you choose. These days, the world of online payments is far safer than it used to be, so make sure you use a recognised conduit such as PayPal or Neteller.
Update your antivirus and spyware
If you are in a crowded city, you keep a close eye on your belongings, Take the same approach to a busy online world. Remember how many thousands or even millions of people are around you, and keep your PC updated and secure from possible attack. After all, you wouldn’t drive into a busy town and leave your car parked at the side of the road unlocked with all your valuables on view, now would you?
Don’t get too personal
Keen gamers will inevitably get to know people online, but be careful about letting the virtual and real worlds collide. Gamerdude666 might seem like a great guy, but what do you really know about him? Absolutely nothing, so don’t share personal information.
Don’t use the same password
Trying to remember all those passwords can be a pain, and it is tempting to use the same one everywhere. Resist the temptation, it is bad enough to have one account compromised without giving the hacker access to your entire online presence.