Technology and the Internet make gaming more fun and accessible than ever before. You can pick from hundreds of online casinos and online casino games without setting foot outside of your home and the cash you win is still just as real as if you’d gone there in person.
With great power comes great responsibility, though–or in the case of online casinos, with the ability to win cash, you also run the risk of losing it to scams and nasty programs that hack your computer and grab your credit card information.
To ensure an online casino is safe:
- Play at casinos using certified secure casino game software; it’s made by an independent company and is designed so that the odds are built-in and can’t be changed.
- Always test a new casino by playing with a small amount of money, such as $5, winning a bit and waiting to see if they will give you a payout. Many of the scam “rogue” casinos out there will try to keep your money by delaying payouts for a week or more with excuses, until frustrated players give up and leave them with the money.
- Watch to see that the payment area of the casino’s site has a URL that starts with “https://” rather than “http://”. The s means that the credit card information you type will be scrambled before being sent, which is good security.
Always keep your computer virus software up to date. Run scans regularly to keep your computer virus-free and prevent any insidious programs from creeping onto your hard-drive and copying the keys you press when entering your credit card number. Yes, they can really do that. Running these scans is free and by keeping your computer secure, you can keep playing online casino games just like you love to — and maybe even win a little extra cash while you’re having fun!