Lesson 14. Setting up
Twitch for streaming
Twitch is the
leading game streaming platform. Its popularity, of course, makes it a target
for spammers, scammers, and trolls. Therefore, if you stream yourself or follow
hotshot gamers, be sure to configure proper security, which we can help with.
The first step
is to set a strong password and enable two-factor authentication. This can be
done on the Security & Privacy tab.
As you might
expect, it contains a whole section of privacy-related settings to protect
viewers from spammers and scammers, and broadcasters from unwanted advice.
You can also
block individual users who get up your nose. That means they won't be able to
send you direct messages, add you as a friend, and so on. You can also block
DMs (known as whispers) from unknown users. This is worth doing to avoid being
hounded by spammers.
Spam on Twitch
is not limited to messages. Here it takes on another, rather unusual form — for
advertising purposes, you can be gifted subscriptions to channels of no
interest to you. But this problem is also solvable by going back to the
Security & Privacy settings and blocking gift subscriptions to channels
that you don't follow.
advise you to hide information about your subs and gifts. If attackers see that
you've been using an expensive subscription to a popular streamer for a year,
or have made a ton of gifts, they might hanker after your money and start
bombarding you with phishing links. Do you need that?
That's it for
general advice. Now for some separate tips for streamers.
streamers help each other grow their audience by automatically redirecting
users to another's channel after a broadcast. This is known as a raid. But if
you allow all raids from other users, an ill-minded rival might send a horde of
haters your way, whose comments are unlikely to brighten your mood. So go to
the Channel settings on the Channel and Videos tab, find the Raids section and
either block them entirely or allow them only from friends, teammates, and
those you follow.
a word about haters. We already discussed how to block them, but it's much
better if they don't get a chance to hurl insults and dodgy links at your
subscribers. Proactive is better than reactive.
With that in
mind, go to the Channel and Videos tab again, and in the Moderation section
find and configure the AutoMod feature. This filters out insults, swear words,
and other bad language based on machine learning. There are five levels — from
strict to mild. All filtered messages are sent for moderation, and only after
approval do they appear in the chat.
In that same
Moderation section, you can also block in-chat hyperlinks to protect you and
your fans from phishing.
with Twitch, and it's also the end of the course. Congratulations! Now you know
how to protect your accounts, how to defeat trolls and scammers, and where and
how to buy games safely and as economically as possible. Want to broaden your
horizons even further? If you haven't already done so, we recommend taking our
general cybersecurity course. Until we meet again!
Check ALL the security/privacy settings on Twitch.
Blocking gift subscriptions