Playing slots online is a great deal of fun and can keep you entertained for hours, but if you're new to online gaming you may have a few concerns about the safety and security of transmitting your personal and banking details to casinos over the internet.
This is a very legitimate issue, especially with today's seemingly endless world of fraud and crime, however there are ways to ensure that you don't get burned or taken advantage of, ensuring that your player experience is nothing but fun from beginning to end.
So take note of these few tips:
- This should be obvious, but it bears repeating: Only play at reputable online casinos, you'll be able to spot these because they are licensed and regulated, bear approval seals from independent bodies like eCogra.
- Stick to casinos that are powered by the bigger software provider's like Microgaming as they do have more accountability due to processes and monitoring that are put in place by the providers.
- Always check the payout percentages of the casino games and slots you play (they do differ from casino to casino) as these should be independently audited and verified by a reputable company.
- Check up on the casino security page to ensure that they make use of 128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) digital encryption to protect your personal and banking data.
- Never share your player account details, username or password and NEVER change these by clicking on a link in an e-mail that requests it, rather login to the account to make changes.
- Before depositing ensure that you are sent to a secure banking page (the one with the little yellow lock on the top or bottom right of the browser or screen).
- Monitor your banking statements to ensure that they correspond with your player activity.
- Should the casino request documentation from you in the form of ID, Driver's license or Copy of your credit card (they do this when first time deposits are large, your deposits or withdrawals reach a certain level, and often upon withdrawal after a large win) and you don't feel comfortable faxing it, you can send it in a zip file that is password protected and then phone the casino to give them the password. You can also black out the middle 8 digits on your credit card and the CVC number at the back to ensure the card's security.
- If you prefer not to use a Credit Card altogether, why not set up an eWallet such as Neteller to fund your player account.
- ALWAYS read the terms and conditions both general and promotional to ensure that you know what you are consenting to before playing and/or accepting any bonuses or promotional offerings.
- Should you have any problems or queries, phone the casino's support staff immediately, they are trained to deal with many situations and help you ensure that your experience is pleasurable every step of the way.
These are just a few tips to help keep you and your money safe, but always remember that if anything seems strange to you at all, it is better to research and clarify it by contacting the casino or discussing it on a player forum, than to ignore your instincts and be sorry.