As is with the case with most malware, sometimes clicking a link that is too good to be true usually results in some form of malware being installed on your computer. Sometimes the malware might not be overly malicious and could just introduce popup ads, but other times it can get pretty nasty and actually steal your information, to that extent it has been found that gamers were attacked by malware around 11.7 million times in 2013. This is according to Kaspersky Labs who suggested that players should avoid deals that are too good to be true, such as how GTA 5 for PC was a hoax, and to use strong and varied passwords.
According to senior security researcher, David Emm, “We’ve just seen two of the biggest console launches ever, with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One […] That means there will be more gamers for criminals to target, especially as the Sony and Microsoft machines increasingly use the Internet for a fuller gaming experience. And don’t forget the PC, still the most popular gaming platform and cyber crooks’ favorite target.” So gamers, if you don’t want to risk potentially losing your account to a hacker, time to keep those passwords strong and avoid clicking suspicious looking links!
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