How to Stay Safe While Gaming Online
The iGaming world has the potential to be the perfect solution to the post-pandemic casino world. While brick-and-mortar establishments are standing empty as the Omicron variant ravages its way around the world, the iGaming business is booming as never before.
And with thousands of carefully crafted games to choose, with world-class graphics and multiplayer options, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
There are a few things to keep in mind, however, while playing online as if you’re playing real-money games, there’s a lot that could be lost. Here’s a list of potential issues and how to avoid them.
Casinos That Refuse To Pay Out Winnings
If you don’t get your first dollar back, it’s no cause for concern. A lot of online casinos have a fine-print agreement that dictates the smallest payout amount. For example, you might only get paid out per hundred dollars won.
If you’ve exceeded that amount and the payback window has closed (i.e. you’ve waited longer than expected or dictated by the player agreement), you may be in a sticky situation. This is why it’s important to do a lot of research before joining a new casino – read past the first few reviews or even actively seek out negative player experiences.
If the worst reviews are due to less sinister faults (bad gameplay on a certain slot or the lack of a certain player’s much-loved game, for example), you’re probably looking at a reputable site.
If the reviews include some deeply troubling feedback, it’s best to avoid the site at all costs.
Secure Payment Facilities
If you’re at all familiar with online retail stores, you know what a trustworthy pay gate should look like, as well as what information you should have to enter. If you’re about to put down your first deposit and something looks wrong – the payment portal is filled with questionable ads or is asking for further sensitive details – get out.
Trusted services will have a certified external pay-gate and a smooth customer experience. This is another place where research comes into the equation. If someone has had money stolen from them, it’ll pop up in reviews all over the first page of your google results.
If you’re subscribed to an online casino, make sure that any email correspondence from them is coming from a trusted email address. Unbeknownst to even reputable casinos, malicious groups may seek to exploit your relationship with the casino in order to make you download dangerous and damaging files.
These downloads may come in the form of a bonus code pack, a link to a new game etc. Don’t click on links or download content from emails before making sure everything is safe and the email is legitimate.
All in all, iGaming safety is basic internet safety, always be aware that for all the good, reputable casinos out there, there are also a handful of bad eggs out to make a quick buck and scammers waiting for you to leave your garden. Don’t let your experience turn into a headache, be safe and smart.