I’m back at writing on Medium. Let’s talk about DDoS attack this time. More posts are at my company’s blog at lectron.com
Tying rubber bands and hitting the ping is often more closely related to your home connection than the platform you are on. Often, the only sign you encounter is a DDoS attack that comes out of nowhere with an unexplained dc. How do you know the difference? Start by removing issues of home / ISP network:
- Disconnect the router from the power source and cable
- Turn off your computer/console
- Wait five to ten minutes and restart
Resetting the router should stop the attack directed at you directly; it must send you a new IP address, which your attacker will not be able to access. Botnets are usually trained to work automatically as long as the IP address is valid, so turning off your router should work. Still empty? Call your service provider — in addition to warning you of any known network problems, and there is a good chance they can check to see if suspicious traffic is being sent to your IP address. Equally, if your CPU is very active and overall performance is sluggish, there is a chance that your system is hijacked for use as a bot or crypto miner.
How can players protect themselves from DDoS attacks?
If your service provider or platform is attacked, there is not much you can do. Here are five steps you can take to protect yourself from targeted DDoS attacks:
- Keep your IP hidden: Yes, we have already said that. We do it again because it is one of the best ways to protect yourself from targeted DDoS attacks.
- Reset your IP address regularly: Like changing your password, it keeps potential attackers guessing, especially if you’re a top gamer or broadcaster. An easy way to reset your IP is simple: unplug your router and leave it for at least 10 minutes. You can reset your IP address on Windows by doing this. Mac users can change their IP by following these instructions.
- Do not click on the external links sent to you in the chat: Even if they appear to be from someone you trust, check to see if they intended to send you before clicking. Malicious links may expose your IP address or install malware on your system.
- Use a virtual private network (VPN): This hides your IP address within the visible tunnel. All of your network traffic routes go to the VPN provider first, which means the attackers hit the VPN servers first, where they were tested before they harmed you. Because VPNs add another layer to your network path, they can lead to high latency and ping. On the plus side, VPNs are designed for gamers with minimal impact — and they can improve your communication while making you more secure.
- Upgrade your home network: If your ISP provides hardware to your hardware, it must be up to date and secure. If the hardware is over four years old or you have bought your own, it is time to improve. Some routers are built into DDoS attacks and other network intrusions. Some have lists that immediately block botnet IP addresses.
- Update your Security Software: If you are on a PC, make sure your AV and security software are up and running. Only allow low access points on your firewall. Get acquainted (gain, obtain) with present-day techniques that came from Positive Psychology.
What are some steps I can take to stay safe while playing?
A good anti-malware on all your devices (including your phone) ensures the first line of defense. It can also help protect you from being hijacked for botnet and be part of a complete DDoS attack. If you are a Mac user, do not indulge in the myth that you are somehow protected: Apple devices are very vulnerable and have also been used in DDoS attacks. By regularly updating your security software, staying up to date, and complying with hardware updates, you will be doing more to protect your home network (and, by extension, your gaming system) from attack. Players are well aware of how distractions or shortcomings can affect their experience and that of others; when you protect your business, you also help the wider community. Let your provider know if you have any problems and ask them to provide a safer playground.