A new survey suggests that many gamers are putting themselves at risk of viruses and identity theft when playing online.
"Despite just under half of the gamers polled claiming to be internet security-savvy, over 40 per cent claim that they wouldn't be able to identify any of the viruses typically created to target them and a quarter never make the effort to find out," according to research by ESET, a global provider of security solutions.
The report goes on to say that because of the irritation from lag and mid-game pop-ups caused by most antivirus suites is so prolific, 31 per cent of gamers admit they disable security on their PC before playing games online. This comes at a cost however; since the average gamer loses two days of gaming time fixing a computer that has been inflicted with a virus caught while unprotected online, with one in twenty losing a week or more.
"It's evident that gamers are not protecting themselves sufficiently and are unaware of the risk of playing online without protection - and as more and more titles require a constant Internet connection, that's a real worry," said Quinton Watts, VP of Marketing and Sales, ESET. "We're in an age where cyber attacks can be detrimental to a person's identity security and gamers, savvy as they may be, put themselves at risk far more than they need to."
The rest of the PR received goes on to try and flog some new antivirus software which solves this solution, but if your interested you can find that out for yourselves. We just thought this was interesting and thought we'd ask if this affects you when playing online?