Online casino gaming, also known as iGaming, has a bad reputation among many for being unsafe, unreliable, and full of spam websites and games. This reputation is rather unfair and paints the industry in a negative light.
In the past, there may have been a few more dodgy casino websites; however, now that online gambling is a well-regulated industry, illegal sites are a thing of the past for the most part.
That said, it still pays to ensure that the website you’re playing on is legitimate and secure. Although most online casinos offer quality games safely, there may still be a few fraudulent sites trying to steal your data or transfer viruses to your PC. To protect you, here are some measures to follow to make sure that a website is safe.
Look for a padlock
One of the best ways to determine if any website is secure, including online casinos, is to look for the padlock icon that usually appears on the top left of your web browser, typically in the search bar alongside the URL.
When you go on a website with this padlock icon, it’s secured with a digital certificate. This certificate means that any data sent from your browser to the website is sent securely, indicating that it’s encrypted and can’t be read by anyone else. This padlock symbol means you’re playing in a safe online casino.
When using websites where you need to input your details, ensure this padlock icon is present.
Make sure that it’s registered
Every casino website needs to be registered under a national gambling body for it to be legitimate and allowed to trade. Most registered casinos will display this information at the footer of the webpage, so if you’re unsure, have a look there.
Most online casinos are registered with the Malta Gaming Authority, and it’s perfectly legitimate, so don’t be put off if you’re on a US-themed online casino that’s registered there.
Of course, many false websites could lie about their registration. If a website claims to be registered, yet you’re still sceptical, you can search for the online casino you’re using on the governing bodies’ websites. If it appears there, then you know it’s safe.
To see if an online casino has a good reputation, read reviews about it first. If a website has a high volume of reviews, with the majority being positive, then you can be assured that the website is likely safe.
Look out for spam and fake reviews, as many false websites will use bots to try and boost their credibility. You may want to be sceptical if an online casino has many good reviews but no comments or repeated reviews.
Online gambling has grown to be a safe entertainment industry, with many websites adding a lot of measures and features to ensure that a player’s data is secured. When searching for a new casino website to play on, look out for these indicators of quality and security.