It’s tough to completely guarantee your security online, but with the right software, browser plug-ins, and general common sense, your experience can be a pleasant one, regardless of the industry you’re interacting with.
Those rules apply equally in the gambling sector, though there are several specific tips that it’s wise to bear in mind when exploring what’s available, and believe us when we say that there are plenty of brands available!
Here’s some practical advice for ensuring your details and privacy are protected while protecting your computer, laptop, or phone from unwanted extras.
As the industry has grown in popularity, operators have worked hard to drive up standards in customer safety. Rules put in place are there to protect you, the consumer. The accreditation schemes differ from country to country, so it’s worth checking what the guidance is in your part of the world.
Once you’re equipped with that information, spend some time exploring the website and understanding their credentials before you sign-up. Examples to look out for include membership of The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS), a third party that offers resolution on any disputes arising between the customer and the provider.
You should also ensure that you’re logging on through a secure connection. Look out for the padlock, or a similar icon, in your browser window next to the address bar. If you see an unlocked padlock or a ‘Not Secure’ message then something isn’t right.
You will find that the vast majority of operators offer secure experiences, but it’s important to double-check a less scrupulous operator, outside of the industry, isn’t using a more trusted brand to hook people in.
Gambling websites are in fact among the most secure on the internet, and that’s thanks to the efforts of those within the industry.
Customer in demand
Of course, it’s fine to take advantage of the latest offers if you’re a new player. It’s natural for brands in the marketplace to do what they can to tempt you in, and this shouldn’t be seen as a red flag or a reason to doubt a platform’s safety.
The offers can range by nature. Whether it’s free spins, money back on your first game or a reward in return from making your first deposit. You’ll find that the deposit level required to activate offers is often starting from 10 dollars, although some casinos offer you the chance to play for free first.
This is another good feature to look out for as it allows you to get to know a website and its games before entering any bank details. More and more casinos allow customers to ‘play for fun’ and it’s always wise to take them up on the offer if you’re unfamiliar with the brand.
Keep your personal life separate
One good idea for protecting your personal identity and bank details is to register using alternative details. You shouldn’t register under a false name, but you can set up a new email address and add a payment method that is separate from your main account.
A secure gambling service will protect your bank details, but if you’re still unsure then consider making deposits and withdrawals using an account that doesn’t contain a lot of money, or uses an intermediary service, like PayPal. You could even set up a bank account especially for gambling – and there is no shortage of speedy app-driven options available that will allow you to do this.
There are no guarantees when it comes to internet security, but by following these tips you can ensure that your gambling experience online is safer. More than anything, we recommend shopping around, setting limits, and playing for fun before you make a deposit.