Fortnite has become one of the most popular computer games of the decade, with millions of players downloading the addictive game. The game has become popular with kids and adults that can’t stop playing it for hours on end. However, Fortnite: Battle Royale can be used as a honey trap used by online scammers that use it to steal your personal information and cause malware to be installed on your computer. To prevent that from happening, it’s important that you know more about Fornite scams and how to avoid falling victim to a scam of that kind.
How Are Fortnite Scams Committed?
Downloading and playing Fortnite doesn’t cost any money, so you and your kids can play the game without breaking the bank. So, how can you be scammed? with changes made with the game; when you want to alter characters in Fortnite or make changes to the scenery and other objects in the game, you have to pay for them using “V-Bucks”.
The online currency costs real money, and a lot of players try to get their hands on free V-Bucks. To lure people into giving out their personal information, and install malware on their computers, actors and hackers pose as Fortnite instructors. In their characters, the hackers post videos that show how to get free V-Bucks, and make people download malware, and provide sensitive information.
How to Avoid Fortnite Scams
- Don’t follow strangers - this goes to you and your children as well. Like many other online games, Fortnite allows players to communicate via a voice chat. Whenever you speak to a new player, be skeptical about their intent. If they refer you to other websites - don’t click them. If they ask you for personal information - don’t give it out. Tell your children to do the same, and don’t hesitate to end communication with people you don’t know.
- Install antivirus software on all computers - Antivirus software is a must for every computer, and if you are active online, you have to install this kind of software. If you have several computers at home, make sure they all have antivirus software. That way, if somehow someone sends you malware and you click on it, both you and your computer will be protected.
- Teach your children about online risks - kids love playing Fortnite, and even though they may seem computer savvy, that doesn’t mean they know what to do in every situation. want to make sure your family's information isn't at risk, teach yourself about online dangers and online scammers. Tell them that there are people who may pretend to be kids, that they can get bad links to youtube with malware, and any other danger that comes to mind. Emphasize that there is no such thing as free V-Bucks, and that they should come to you if someone offers them anything of the sort.
- Use a different password - if you play other online games besides Fortnite, don’t use the same passwords for every game. If your password and personal information are compromised, hackers can’t use the password to hack to other games, or websites you use, because the password is different for each one.
- Use two step-verification - This is one of the best ways to protect your information while playing Fortnite. You can add two-factor authentication to your game and game console, which will add another layer of protection to your information. The two-factor authentication will require you to provide another piece of information, aside from your password, when you log into to Fortnite, making it difficult for hackers to hack into your computer or personal accounts.
- Don’t share your account - try not to give out your account information to your family and friends. Sharing a Fortnite account also means sharing your personal information and passwords, so you should refrain from doing that.