Gamers — you spend countless hours leveling up, completing quests, and defeating boss baddies. But have you ever considered the security risks of protecting your virtual kingdom?
Unfortunately, hacking, identity theft, and other not-so-fun stuff are becoming all too common in the digital gaming world. That’s why we’ve greeted this guide full of “cheat codes” to keep you safe.
From two-factor authentication to securing in-game purchases, we've got the lowdown on securing your online gaming experiences. Ready to become the ultimate guardian of your virtual realms?
The Rise of Gaming Hacks and Breaches
Ah, the comforting call of your gaming console. One look at the end of a long day, and your brain switches the flip, and you’re immersed in a world where dragons roar, treasures abound, and heroes rise to fame.
But alas, as with any pleasure in life, there are deviants lurking in the shadows, waiting to steal your hard-earned spoils. In the last decade, we've seen a surge in gaming hacks and breaches, leaving players devastated and their game accounts depleted.
From the 2011 Sony PlayStation data breach, which affected over 77 million users and caused a shutdown of the PlayStation Network, to the 2019 Fortnite data breach that resulted in millions of dollars being lost due to fraudulent purchases made with stolen account information, it’s clear that online gaming isn't immune to cybercrime.
So, what’s a proactive gamer to do? Simple — safeguard your account like it's the last slice of pizza. Two-factor authentication, secure passwords, and regular account check-ups are all essential measures to take.
Two-Factor Authentication: Leveling Up Your Security
Gaming may be all about taking down foes and scoring big wins, but that's no excuse to slack on security. After all, no one wants to see their hard-earned progress wiped out by an unscrupulous hacker.
And you know what they say: two factors are better than one (okay, maybe it’s only us privacy geeks that say that…). What the heck is two-factor authentication (2FA), though? Think of it like a secret digital handshake that only you and your account can do — a secret code of sorts that adds an additional layer of security that makes it almost impossible for hackers to get their grubby little hands on your loot.
There are several different types of 2FA available, such as text messages, authenticator apps, and even physical tokens. But the end goal is always the same: to ensure that only you can access your account, even if someone else gets a hold of your password.
Enabling 2FA is easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Just head over to your favorite gaming platform's security settings and follow the step-by-step instructions. Don’t want to use your real number to get a text every time you need a code to log in? Use your Burner number to receive the code — it’s one of the many things Burner is great for.
Once you've set it up, you can relax, knowing that even the most elite hackers would have a better chance of slaying a dragon than getting into your account.
Protecting Your Accounts from Hackers
As you can see from the various data breaches over the years, the virtual realm can be treacherous, teeming with hackers eager to plunder your hard-earned gaming accounts. However, you don’t have to just sit back and accept your fate.
To protect yourself and your account from hackers, the first thing you wanna do is get your passwords in order. Combine numbers, letters, and special characters to forge an impenetrable fortress. And remember, never reuse passwords across different accounts — a true hero never repeats themselves.
Regularly updating your passwords is essential, too. And beware of suspicious links and phishing attempts. Even the most enticing potions may be (and often are) traps in disguise.
All in all, the goal is to treat account protection as the ultimate boss fight you cannot afford to lose. Defend your digital kingdom, secure your treasures, and emerge victorious.
Securing In-Game Purchases: No More Loot for Hackers!
Are you able to resist the sweet, sweet temptation of unlocking coveted levels, characters, and items just by making a simple in-game transaction? Didn’t think so (and we don’t judge you). But as with all things that seem too good to be true, there's always a catch. And that catch is the possibility of getting your payment information hacked.
So, how can you stay safe? First off, enable two-factor authentication on your account. This extra layer of security means that even if a hacker gets your password, they still can't access your account without the second verification step.
If you can avoid it, never store payment information on any website or account. We know — it’s so simple to store your CC number and security code for future reference and swift purchases, but if a hacker does get into your account, they won’t be able to do much with the information they have.
If you do need to keep a credit card on file for recurring subscriptions or other in-app purchases, use a separate account for online gaming and similar activities. You can set up a small checking account and keep only a bit of cash in it for gaming purchases.
If someone gets a hold of those deets, it would suck, but at least they’re not going to swipe your entire life’s savings.
Burner Numbers: Your Secret Weapon for Gaming Security
Are you tired of feeling like a sitting duck when it comes to gaming safety and security? Are you tired of living in fear of having your in-game purchases hacked and your private communication leaked to the whole world?
While 2FA and secure payment information can help, Burner can, too. Use our anonymous numbers to sign up for two-factor authentication, secure your gaming accounts, and protect yourself from hacking attempts.
Plus, you can use our numbers for all your gaming-related communication, too. If you want to transition offline and add your Halo friends to a group chat, Burner makes that easy to do without having to share your real digits with strangers you met online.
Choose Your Player, er, Burner Number
With a Burner number, you can choose your player, err, your number, and rest assured that your accounts and transactions are safe and secure. Level up your gaming security with Burner now and score your victory without any worries.
Choose your player, er, your Burner number now.