It’s not a game anymore when sensitive information is collected and abused, especially when children are involved. Data theft involving children is up and gaming apps are the latest culprits. Sega games are certainly no exception. Clearly, it’s time for parents to take charge and oversee the games their kids are playing online.
Data stolen from the players involves email addresses, location, passwords, IP addresses, and more. In 2017, kids and online gaming took an ugly turn with Supercell announcing that their popular games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royal, and Boom Beach were easy targets for information theft and even stalking. Google has since removed 63 Sega gaming apps in response to the findings.
Cyber security experts offer the following tips for parents to help avoid putting their children at risk for data exploitation:
- Never allow kids to give their passwords out to anyone, even to their best friends. The only exception is sharing passwords with parents.
- Always be present and attentive when kids download new apps and review the information they collect. Some apps ask “permission” for information necessary to install them. Apps can even track your child’s location, so be sure to check them out before approving the download.
Parents need to step-up monitoring the online games their children are playing and oversee what information is being plugged in to each app. Discussing cyber safety with children is always a great first step.