OFFICIAL SECURITY BLOG
July 10, 2013 | BY Adam Kujawa
The New York Times posted an article today about a new game that is in development called ‘Data Dealer’. The goal of the game is to buy and sell as much virtual ‘personal data’ as possible to make a profit and rule as a powerful Data Mogul.
The aim of the developers is to inform users about the reality of the consumer data market and how governments, companies and other organizations buy and sell your personal information to each other for purposes of intelligence gathering, consumer profiling or just old fashioned advertising.
I think this is a great method to teach people about personal cyber security that presents a very real truth in a form that anyone can enjoy and hopefully take away some useful security tips.
The games developers are based in Vienna, Austria and currently have a Kickstarter running for the next 22 hours to raise a little over $6,500 so they have the funding to create the game. In the meantime, if you want to try out the game for yourself, check out their free demo.
So while Data Dealer provides a virtual reality to expose how vulnerable (and valuable) your information is, I will step in and tell you how to keep that information away from prying eyes in your every day life.
If you have any further thoughts or tips on staying safe online, please post in the comments or on our Facebook page. Have fun and stay safe!
The Data Dealer Kickstarter Page has only 3 hours left to raise a little under $2000! If you want to support them and get some really neat swag for doing so, please check them out!