Like land-based casinos, online casinos also deal with large amounts of money. However they also need to be aware of new methods of fraud, particularly on the Internet. The same extends to players – they need to ensure that they are playing at a safe online casino, and ensure that their computer or mobile device is fully up-to-date and free from viruses and malware.
No matter how secure the transaction may be, there is still an element of risk involved. What you can do is minimize that risk by following a few simple precautions:
- Is the site secure? Many online casinos may not necessarily have a secure site, but any page on their site that deals with your personal information must be secure. You can tell this from the presence of a green padlock and the https:// in front of the site’s address.
- Are they reputable? Taking a look at the casino site and reading reviews about the online casino is a good indicator to see whether they can be trusted with your personal information.
- Do they use a reputable payment provider? Examples include PayPal, Skrill and 2checkout. They are third-party payment portals and there may be other reputable payment portals in your country that are not mentioned. Using a third-party payment processor like PayPal means that the online casino won’t need direct access to your financial information which helps lessen the risk.
- Is your computer up to date? It’s especially important to ensure that your computer is fully updated and free of viruses and other malware.
- Are you using a secure password? This may sound simple, but at least if you put a strong password on your casino account, your account will be more difficult to hack. This extends to your other accounts on other sites, casino or otherwise; each site should have an unique password.
Safety on the Internet is especially important. Following these simple precautions could make the difference between you having a great time and you having your credit card details stolen.