Online Gaming 101 – For the Absolute Beginner
No matter what you use the internet for, you can’t help but stumble upon the variety of gaming options available today. Some of them are casual games that you can play on a social network, others require much more complex registration processes, age checks, and identity confirmations. These are the ones we’ll take a better look on today, offering you tips on how to do them – and how to stay safe in the process. Let’s start with
If you can access them, or you got an invitation to join them, you most likely have an account with a social network. Congratulations, you’re done – you can start playing right away. If the game is available for smartphones, too, connecting it with your social account will allow you to sync your progress between the two. Just make sure to check what permissions you give to the app – you don’t want your carefully crafted timeline to be filled with game achievements and announcements.
Safety: generally safe
Ease of use: very easy
Real money games
This is the category which requires the longest and most strict registration procedures, and for good reason: it is a strictly regulated industry. If you want to create an account at Euro Palace, for example, first you’ll need to make sure you are of legal age and allowed to engage in their type of gaming. To play for real – and to be able to claim your winnings – you’ll need to provide Euro Palace with valid banking details and personal information that you’ll need to confirm later on. Euro Palace employs very strict security policies, making sure no information falls into the wrong hands. It is required by law to do so.
For further details about the registration and validation procedures visit https://www.europalace.com/getting-started/.
Safety: very safe
Ease of use: lengthy and complex, can take days to complete
MMOs, MOBAs, online multiplayer games
This type requires the most “work” to be done by the player. While some such games run on social networks (like Contract Wars, a popular free multiplayer FPS), most of them require a download, perhaps even an acquisition. Players need to register an account, but usually don’t have to provide the operators with personal information. Even if in-game payments or purchases are involved, these are done electronically. Registering an account is easy – players usually need a valid email address only. Some games come with age restrictions, too.
Safety: generally safe
Ease of use: relatively easy
To stay safe while playing online gaming, make sure not to give out your credentials to third parties. Avoid logging on to online gaming services on public computers – your usernames and passwords might be recorded. And this is especially true for games that involve payments – credit card details are among the hackers’ main targets online.