- risks from social interactions with strangers who may trick you into revealing personal or financial information
- risks from computer intruders exploiting security vulnerabilities
- risks from online and real-world predators
- risks from viruses, Trojan horses, computer worms, and spyware.
Thus, many online gaming risks are similar to those computer users may have already encountered, but they may not have realized that the games pose another opportunity for the compromise of their privacy or computer security. In this paper, both types of risks are described. This paper also includes advice on how users can protect themselves against these risks.