Video game threats to know and how kids can avoid them


Hackers have many access points to your private information, including via video games. In fact, cybercriminals attack every 39 seconds, according to a study from the University of Maryland. 

Understanding these types of video game threats can help you and your kids — or avid gamers themselves — create a strategy for staying safe while gaming.


The most common of video game threats include infections, account takeovers, swatting and doxing, and active listening. For kids, video game threats most often come in the forms of cyberbullying, privacy, predators, and in-game purchases.

Harnessing the parental controls on a video game is helpful to combat some of these threats, in addition to following a few basic Internet safety rules:

  1. Use strong, unique passwords
  2. Don’t share personal information
  3. Only download from reputable sources
  4. Use up-to-date, secure equipment. 

One of the most reliable ways to safeguard your privacy while gaming is to install a security suite for gamers.

 Whether you’re a gamer yourself or a parent of one, there’s much to consider when you create a video game security plan. Turning to the professionals in online security can help. Reference Norton’s video game security guide to creating your framework for staying safe while gaming.

Norton video game security guide

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