Lesson 13. Setting up
Discord for in-game chat
Of all the
popular instant messengers, only one is specially designed for gamers —
Discord. It offers text and voice chat, everything for streaming mode, which
lets you open in-game chat windows, and a bunch of other goodies. It's not
short of security and privacy settings either, which we'll look at now.
First off, you
need a strong password and two-factor authentication. The 2FA key is sent via
an authenticator app (Google Authenticator or Authy). After activating it, you
can and should link the account to your phone and download the backup codes.
Finding two-factor authentication is easy: open the settings and you'll see the
tab straight away.
Now that the
account is protected, let's go to the privacy settings. Discord is unique in
that these settings are different for each server. By default, gamers on the
same server can exchange private messages. But if the server is public,
spammers, scammers, and trolls can also come knocking. So on a public server,
it's best to block direct messages from strangers in the privacy settings. And
you'll be able to continue chatting with your comrades-in-arms and add them as
DMs isn't your style, go to Privacy & Safety in the user settings and check
the option to scan messages for explicit content, so that at least you won't be
bombarded with obscene language. There you can also select who can add you as a
friend. Here it's better to limit yourself to the Friends of Friends option,
and then perhaps think about Server Members. The Everyone option is too
You can also
block individual users, but this is done in personal chats with them, not in
the account settings.
show you when you are on and offline. If you don't want people to know, switch
to Invisible mode; that way you will appear offline to everyone. To do this,
click the profile icon next to your username and select Invisible.
Connections section in the settings, you can connect Discord to Twitch,
YouTube, Steam, and other accounts. This is quite handy. For example, it lets
you create a Discord server only for your followers or YouTube sponsors, for
example. However, integrating accounts involves transferring data from one
service to another, which means that in the event of a successful attack,
cybercriminals will gain access not only to your Discord data, but also
information sent or received from other platforms. So undo connections when you
are done with them. And when setting up new ones, check what information the
services can access. If there is no information about this, steer clear.
popular, Discord attracts wrongdoers. In 2019, for example, researchers
discovered a piece of malware that turned the Discord app for Windows into a
tool for stealing information. A reliable antivirus protects against this,
which is one more reason to never disable it.
about Discord. And since we already touched on the topic of streaming, the next
and final lesson will cover setting up the popular streaming platform Twitch.
Check the security and privacy settings that are available in Discord.
Blocking private messages from users of public
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