While finding a shield to protect you against your digital enemies may be a major advantage in computer games like Battlefield and Call Of Duty, this digital armor will do little to offer identity protection against the very real threats that exist whenever you play computer games on unencrypted wi-fi networks.
The Internet has combined with game manufacturers to create nearly endless 3D worlds that allow you and your friends to attack enemies, fortify warehouses, stockpile new ammunition to ward off avatar aggressors. But while you play over open wi-fi networks, you could be exposing yourself to another type of digital onslaught. From up to a block away, hackers can access any personal information you transmit over any wi-fi network, making private browsing and private gaming impossible.
Since many games require passwords to access game profiles and may sync to e-mail accounts, gamers afraid of broadcasting this information often utilize VPN services to send all personal information through an encrypted tunnel to a secured data server, no matter where you decide to join your game.
While a photon rifle, a double-barreled shotgun or an armored truck may protect you from most threats you experience while gaming, ensuring complete identity protection gives you the peace of mind to blow up, blast, bomb and defeat your enemies. But despite how frustrated you feel about your real-life digital adversaries, keep your aggression in the game, and your VPN shields at full strength.