Council's Gamer Safety Alliance Issues Best Practices During Gamer Safety Week

Council's Gamer Safety Alliance Issues Best Practices During Gamer Safety Week 
SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/04/13 --  The Merchant Risk
Council's (MRC) Gamer Safety Alliance (GSA) today issued a set of
best practices to coincide with the second annual Gamer Safety Week.  
"Gamer Safety Week is an opportunity each year for our merchants to
promote account safety and security within the gaming space," said
Tom Donlea, MRC's managing director for the Americas. "The gaming
industry is a significant entertainment vertical and is a key driver
of innovation in online payments." 
The theme of this year's Gamer Safety Week is "account safety and
security in the online world." Merchant gamers will focus on
educating consumers and businesses on contact, conduct and content in
the online gaming world.  
"A user's reputation, history and online identity can be lost in just
minutes," noted Arthur Chu, lead fraud manager for Nexon America. "It
is therefore critical for users with online accounts to take steps to
safeguard those accounts, and equally important for companies to
provide users with robust tools and resources." 
"Once someone else has access to your virtual account they can use
any payment type you have on file and may also be able to access
other online profiles that you own," said Doug Park, director of
online safety for Microsoft's Xbox.  
To mitigate risk and raise awareness, the GSA issued the following,
which highlight important issues and best practices for the entire
gaming community. 

--  Add security proofs (phone number, secondary email address, etc.) to
    all online accounts where possible, especially email accounts used as
--  Download/purchase the latest security updates for online devices
    (computers, tablets, etc.).
--  Install and update virus, spyware and malware protection software on
    all devices.
--  Utilize browser phishing filters.
--  Create strong passwords.
--  Do not share usernames and passwords with anyone.

"Gamer Safety Week is an opportunity for everyone to think about what
safety means to them in their digital world. The Gamer Safety
Alliance encourages companies and individuals alike to assess whether
they are doing everything possible for a safe online experience
said Nelson Ho, lead fraud manager for Electronic Arts. 
 The Merchant Risk Council (MRC) is a merchant-led
trade association focused on electronic commerce risk and payments
globally. The MRC leads industry networking, education, benchmarking
and advocacy programs to make electronic commerce more efficient,
safe and profitable.  
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the MRC has a European office
in Madrid, Spain. Learn more at  
 Established in 2009 by MRC members
as an affiliate group, the Gamer Safety Alliance (GSA) is a
cross-company effort to break down traditional competitive barriers
and share information and best practices within the computer and
video game industry. GSA members represent Global corporations
including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nexon America, Jagex, Blizzard
and Mind Candy. The GSA mission for consumers is for them to be aware
and practice the "3 C's" 

--  Contact: Be thoughtful about who you communicate with and only engage
    with those that you trust. Utilize communications tools for you and
    your family. Don't communicate sensitive information with those that
    you do not know.
--  Conduct: Practice good digital citizenship and be respectful of
    others. Do not post harmful or hurtful material, and have fun. Know
    the proper steps to help keep your accounts secure and use different,
    strong passwords across multiple sites while never providing passwords
    to others.
--  Content: Most games have ratings and descriptions of the content. Use
    this information to play games that are appropriate for you and your
    family. Check out ESRB ratings in the United States, PEGI ratings for
    most of Europe or your local ratings agency for more information.

Steven Mandurano 
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