Looking after your computer systems, devices and software
- Ensure you have updated antivirus software and firewall running before playing games online.
- Keep your games updated. Developers often release security patches with their
software updates. Apply automatic updates where available.
- Buying and downloading from reputable sources is the best way of verifying the authenticity and security of download files and software.
- As with all your important accounts, particularly those storing bank details, use strong and unique passwords.
Protecting yourself and your personal information
- Choose a username that does not reveal any personal information. If the game
includes personal profiles, make sure you don't give away any personal information.
- When disposing of your gaming device either by selling, giving away or scrapping,
ensure all your personal information and account details have been deleted.
- Be wary of scams when buying and selling game content, such as characters and
special items with real world value. Only buy and sell using trusted vendors and
- Don't reveal any personal information to other players.
Creating a positive gaming environment
- Familiarise yourself with game abuse reporting features to report any players causing aggravation or offence.
- Do not engage with players causing hassle or making other players feel uncomfortable.
- If playing online with strangers, avoid using a webcam and if using voice chat, consider using voice altering features if available.
- Behave the same with other players as you would with people in the real world.