By Vasco Data Security
The gaming market has gone mobile. Today there are more players using more platforms than ever and, in many instances, gamers carry their platforms around with them. However, no solution is ever failsafe and no platform is ever free from attack. Every day new attacks are being rolled out, and every day a new solution is being developed. As a result of this increased portability, mobile gamers need a new type of security.
Account theft prevention is a big issue, since e-gaming is a multi-billion dollar business targeted by fraudsters through various attacks to hack users’ accounts. Account hacking poses a real threat which may erode gaming applications’ customer bases. Though very valuable, online gaming and gambling accounts are inadequately protected. As they are generally protected by insecure static passwords, they are easy targets for online fraudsters. Another challenge is the user experience. Strong security across large gamer populations with expectations by users for a streamlined login experience is daunting at best.
Usernames and passwords are a thing of the past; we inherently trust the user is playing games on their own device. The gamer may trust their device, but it is up to application developers to ensure the security around that trust. Players want to start an application, get playing and purchase tokens and upgrades. Security can no longer be a barrier to making these transactions quick and painless. Strong authentication and mobile app security will help the mobile ecosystem protect itself and make things safer in the life of a gamer.