Fortnite is a popular online video game that has been developed by Epic Games and produced three different game modes. Its most popular mode is the battle royale mode that brings players from all over the world. It is free to download on any console or PC.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
In late 2018, Epic Games experienced a data breach relating to Fortnite accounts. Users reported accounts being stolen and their linked credit and debit cards being used. There was a flaw in the log-in system that hackers have exploited and used to gain access to users' accounts. These hacks still are being sold on the black market due to Fortnite's continued popularity.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
Fortnite continually receives security updates and remains secure at the present. However, Epic Games has had previous breaches of personal information including payment information that was leaked onto the black market. In addition, please be wary if your child is playing Fortnite; the game may be addicting and too violent for younger ages.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Epic Games says they use and share the information they collect to help provide, improve, and market Epic services. However, they do share your information with service providers, affiliates, and marketing partners.
- Easy game to play and connect with friends or peers.
- Visually appealing.
- Can be addicting and may be violent for the younger age group.
- Fortnite has an ongoing issue with accounts being for sale in black markets.
Fortnite is a fun game to play with your friends and peers as long as you are over the age of 13. However, due to the popularity of Fortnite and past breaches, Epic Games remains susceptible to further breach attempts. Epic Games has also had continued problems of users' accounts being put up for sale on the black market. So be wary when playing Fortnite.