Online gambling has become a phenomenon. Because of this, there is a rising concern about just how safe newly emerging online casinos are. After all, where one decides to place their hard-earned money is an important decision.
With technology seeing constant achievements and improvement, that too at an increasing pace, there is no doubt reputable platforms are more secure than they were in the past. Many developers use the latest security protocols to ensure the safest gambling experiences for their customers.
That said, it is just as natural for players to have apprehensions about using platforms, especially with the existence of cybercrime.
Nevertheless, players do not have to feel as concerned about their safety wherever they seek to use a casino platform, as most platforms continually offer different security methods.
These safety measures include KYC (Know Your Customer) policies, AML measures, RNGs, SSL encryption technology, etc.
KYC (Know Your Customer) Policies
The vast majority of reputable online casino platforms have KYC policies in place. These policies help prevent fraud and safeguard the players and the platform’s money. To comply with such policies, players are usually required to provide identification documents which include a government-issued ID card, passport, or driver’s license. Other required documents also include copies of utility bills.
Players must ensure they are of legal age to play online while also confirming their identities.
Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Measures
Anti-money laundering, or AML measures, are also put in place by most reputable casino platforms. Such measures help to keep criminal activity at bay, in this case, money laundering attempts.
To comply with anti-money laundering regulations, casinos typically require users to submit their addresses and proof of identity. This helps guarantee that the user is who they claim they are and that they are not using counterfeit or stolen money.
Random Number Generator (RNG) Audits
Third-party organizations carry out RNG audits to guarantee that a casino platform’s games are fair. The outcomes of such audits are released publicly so interested players can confirm that the available games are fair.
Undoubtedly, players looking to play and invest money in online casinos will want to know that they are being treated fairly, especially regarding the sessions they enjoy. Thus, the fact that such audits are regularly occurring gives players all the assurance they need to play without worrying about the games being rigged.
An RNG is a specific method that generates random integers. For instance, a player’s chances of achieving a critical hit are based on these numbers. Most of today’s video games use this technique to ensure complete fairness. Every game played with this modern gaming device is guaranteed to be completely random.
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Technology
The SSL, or security socket layer protocol, is utilized to encrypt private user information when it is sent to a casino platform during online gambling or other online services.
Put simply, SSL is a technology that establishes encrypted connections between customers and servers, in this instance, the casino platform and the user. All private data shared between a user and a casino platform is closely safeguarded.
Such data must always remain secure whenever a user submits personal information to a website, e.g., their name, address, and financial details.
Several websites use SSL encryption, mainly due to its reassurance to users concerned for their safety. This level of site security has now become the standard through which all other security protocols are measured. An SSL-encrypted site is immediately considered a safer option for users.
Online casinos ensure the safety of their users by holding all necessary accreditations and licenses. Every player must learn about their prospective casino’s licensing before depositing money onto a website.
Online casinos often submit applications for various gaming licenses.
Reputed regulatory bodies are considered the only entities with the power to issue licenses for online casinos to operate legally. Such licenses include the Malta Gaming Authority, the UK Gambling Commission, Curacao eGaming, the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association, and others.
Firewalls help establish parameters that define which online traffic can be allowed. In other words, a firewall prevents unwanted traffic from trespassing into the server of a casino platform.
This is vital since it protects the server from malicious programs attempting to access private user data.
Firewalls also help prevent DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, which are known to generate unwanted traffic on gambling platforms, rendering them susceptible to hacking attempts.
Responsible Gambling Solutions
Online gambling platforms also ensure the safety of users by providing tools that help regulate how they gamble. For instance, players concerned about their well-being can place deposit limits, wagering limits, session limits, loss limits, etc.
Those concerned about developing gambling problems can also opt for self-exclusion or establish time-out sessions. Online casinos also often provide links to trustworthy resources and organizations that players can refer to on their Responsible Gambling pages.
Author – Nerijus Grenda