We live in a digitally connected society, and we all spend a lot of time on the internet — for working, socializing, learning, and even playing games. But with increased internet usage comes an increase in cybercrime, and workers and gamers alike need to be aware of the risks. Because of the increase in threats to our internet usage, many people use VPNs, but very few of those understand how a VPN can help with a growing threat: DDoS attacks against online gamers.
DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service and occurs when a single system crashes after being targeted by multiple systems to flood its bandwidth. Our CEO, Francis Dinha, gave a good analogy in his recent Forbes article: “You can think of it as a group of people crowding the entry door to a shop or business. By standing at the entrance, these criminals effectively prevent legitimate customers and online users from entering your shop.”
DDoS attacks aren’t something that the average person needs to be overly concerned about. This attack is primarily used as blackmail against developers and publishers, both to harm the reputation of a website and to protest a controversial person or platform. However, there is one use for DDoS attacks that could potentially impact you directly: DDoS attacks are often used during online gaming. Some gamers utilize DDoS to attack other gamers, as a way to disrupt their gameplay and gain a competitive advantage. It doesn’t necessarily impact you on a security level, but it can be extremely frustrating and unfair when it comes to playing games online.
When it comes to gaming platforms like Minecraft, there isn’t much you can do to prevent DDoS attacks, because the attack is against the game server — not directly against you as the player. However, for any online multiplayer peer-to-peer gaming services where players connect directly to each other — like PSN or Xbox Live — a VPN can prevent you from being attacked. On platforms that use peer-to-peer gameplay, players looking to cheat the system can see the IP address you’re using. Once they have your IP address, they can DDoS it, making your home connection unusable. However, if you use a VPN service, you can mitigate that risk. Once an attack is underway, it’s impossible to stop it, so the best defense is prevention.
When you use a VPN such as Private Tunnel, your internet traffic is channeled through an encrypted pathway to one of our external servers, which hides your true IP address. The sites you visit — and the gamers looking to cheat — see the Private Tunnel server IP address instead of your IP. By shielding your IP address, your internet connection is protected from being a target of a DDoS attack. The player looking to hack you would see the VPN server IP address, and the attack would be pointless; you’d never have to deal with it in the first place. Users cannot flood your network connection with traffic because they don’t have your address. If they can’t find you, they can’t crowd your entry door.
There are many VPNs that negatively impact the speed and quality of your gaming, but Private Tunnel runs seamlessly in the background so that you’re protected without having to deal with any negative side effects. Sign up today with a free trial period and receive unlimited data access with our award-winning Private Tunnel VPN. Join the 3+ million users worldwide using our fast, secure and reliable services. Protect your IP address from DDoS attacks, and play on!