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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice to help protect people while gaming on personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers, as well as gaming devices.

Online gaming is an enjoyable pastime for many Australians and its popularity continues to grow. There are important steps you can take to ensure a safe and secure online experience before pressing ‘play’.

The popularity of gaming devices makes them attractive targets for cybercriminals, particularly because of the personal and financial data shared on gaming platforms.

Security Tips for Online Gaming guide includes important advice so you can stay secure online:

  • Use legitimate software and keep it up to date.
  • Back up your important files.
  • Be suspicious of unsolicited communications.
  • Use different passphrases for accounts.

No matter what your preferred device for online gaming is, it is important that it is configured to automatically apply updates for operating systems, applications and games. Gamers should also use different passphrases for accounts, especially for those that store any personal information.

If you are impacted by a cyber security incident you can report it through the ACSC’s ReportCyber, which is managed on behalf of federal, state and territory law enforcement agencies, providing a single online portal for individuals and businesses to report cybercrime.