Trusting Online Casinos with Your Money.
Gambling has always been a popular activity in all parts of the world, from Japan to the ever-popular casinos in the United States. With the advent of the internet, gambling has taken root in the virtual world as well with online casinos, which are growing in popularity among gamblers.
With gambling comes its inherent risks, however. There’s always the possibility of losing a bet and the money attached to it, even losing control and losing more bets than you can afford. However, there are other risks included with gambling: risks to the safety and security of our personal information.
We place a lot of trust in our casinos, from the time we hand the cashiers our money to when we cash out and fill out our name, address, and sensitive personal information necessary for tax purposes. Everybody, these days, especially in the United States, feels hesitation towards handing out their personal information out of fear of what the damage that can be done with such information.
Despite this, we still give the casinos this information, partly because we trust an established organization such as a casino – a big name in the public eye, not to utilize malicious tactics as identity fraud, and partly because casinos have proven themselves to be masters of security. Video surveillance monitors the slightest movements of any gambler at the casino, security personnel patrol the casino grounds, ever-watchful for suspicious behavior. Casinos have their property under lock down. Nothing slips by. They wouldn’t be so negligent as to let sensitive personal information be leaked.
But what about online casinos? Growing in popularity, can they be trusted with our personal information? Can they keep security up to par with their classy, high-end counterparts found in Las Vegas or Atlantic City? They do, after all, require the same sensitive information from us. This information, in a milder context, can be used to spam our e-mail in-boxes with annoying spam mail. In more dangerous contexts, this information can be used intrusively to access our credit cards, even steal our social security numbers and thus, our identities.
With all this at stake, it is important for us to hold online casinosto the same scrutiny, if not higher, than their Las Vegas counterparts. Are their firewalls up to par? The best online casinos’ security firewall should have no less than 128-bit SSL encryption. This would, at the very least, prevent hackers from easily accessing the database of players’ information and stealing credit-card numbers en masse.
Even if the site is legitimate and securely protected from hacking attempts, there will always still be concerns when someone’s handling your money. Make sure the online casino properly handles (and tracks) all monetary transactions. Make sure also that these financial ledgers are available to you. That way, if there is any discrepancy with your money, you can see exactly where it occurred and can prove it to the online casino, to ensure you’re entitled to the money you deserve.
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