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7 essential online gaming safety tips for kids and adults - IT News Africa

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Following a recent leak revealing how the super-popular game Roblox moderates its content, cybersecurity experts at antivirus provider Kaspersky have warned that cybersecurity could harm users, especially children, in the online gaming space. We shared some insights on the threats and how these users can protect themselves.

Leaked documents provide insight into the targeting of children by predators on platforms and how platforms combat child grooming.

Additionally, one of the issues identified in the documentation is that Roblox’s system scans 100% of abuse reports submitted, but only around 10% of them are actionable. This suggests that even on gaming platforms where content is moderated, there are many risks when children play games online.

Roblox is an online gaming platform that allows users to create their own game simulations and virtual locations where they can play in various locations and invite other users. There are harmless and very popular locations where users can choose a pet to take care of or go through an obstacle course with the character. The genres of such games are almost endless, and the number of daily active users he will reach 50 million by the end of 2021, most of them school-age children.

However, sometimes in the game world you will come across impostors who are members of your chosen playthrough or even its creator.

Threats from them can arise both in the game world. It often indicates aggression, deception, or intimidation. For example, a Roblox game world theme can be used to phish his resources, steal logins and passwords from accounts, and even withdraw funds from victims. Or, disguised as an in-game currency (Robux), it can offer users to register under their real name or participate in a “no-lost lottery” where they just lose money.

Below are 7 safety rules that not only protect your data, but also protect your kids when they play games online.

  • Do not share your real name, place of residence, school, or any other personal information that could help an attacker identify you in the real world. Definitely don’t share financial details either. This is a general rule when you are online. Try to be as anonymous as possible.
  • Try to chat only with people you know personally. However, in online games it is impossible not to chat with other users. Always keep the above rules in mind and don’t reveal too much personal information about yourself.
  • You have power in the game and when the game is fun. You don’t have to chat with people you don’t want to chat with. They usually have the ability to block or ignore other people. Use these when conversations are no longer fun. Note that you don’t know who your conversation partner is, so you can’t really trust them.
  • Use complex, unique passwords and always end your session at the end of the game, especially if you choose to connect from an unfamiliar device. Don’t forget to use two-factor authentication when it’s available.
  • Specifically, Roblox uses an internal content monitoring system and if you encounter unwanted advertising, cheating, online grooming, various types of harassment, or attacks against you or other users, please report them to our moderators. need to do it.
  • Critically evaluate the information you encounter in the game world. Abusers may use a variety of techniques, including social engineering. For example, we may reward you in the form of in-game currency (Robux) for more information about yourself. If someone offers this to you, it’s probably cheating and the crooks clearly have ‘own interests’.
  • If you use a PC, use an antivirus solution and a parental control program to keep your children safe on the Internet.

“Roblox has a content management system, but you shouldn’t rely entirely on it,” says Andrey Sidenko, Lead Web Content Analyst at Kaspersky.

Edited by Louis Monzon
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