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Online Casino Security

By: Rick Balding, Wednesday October 15th 2008
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Players not only have significant amounts of funds deposited with online casinos but also have sensitive information like credit card numbers stored in the casino's servers. If the funds and information were stolen then the online players would be subject to considerable loss and inconvenience. Therefore online casinos take the required steps to ensure that they provide a secure gaming environment. Players should understand what these steps are and should verify their existence at online casinos before starting to wager.

One of the mechanisms used to provide security of the sensitive information is through the Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy sets out what information is collected, how it is used and how it is kept secure. In the first place the online casino needs certain information to verify the identity of the player and to process his payments. The online casino may also collect demographic information to improve the products and services offered. Usually all online casinos undertake not to reveal this information to third parties. The exceptions are when the online casinos employ third party processors or if they are required to furnish the information under law. Online casinos use several means to ensure the security of the information. Access to the information is allowed to only a few senior casino personnel. Protection against hackers is more important and for this online casinos use firewalls and other software security methods available. Players should read the Privacy Policy before agreeing to the terms and conditions of the online casino.

The most important aspect of online casino security is the protections of funds during financial transactions across the Internet. Today billions of dollars are handled over the Internet and this issue does not pertain to online casinos only. Experts have developed encryption protocols such as the 128-bit Secure Socket Layer Encryption to ensure that the transfer of funds and information is safe. In this the information is scrambled using a code before transmission and can only be unscrambled by the intended user. If a third party intercepts the information it will be unable to unscramble it. Most online casinos use the latest available SSL technology. However the best casinos have their systems vetted by industry experts like Thawte or VeriSign and online players should preferably play only at those casinos that bear the logos of these experts.

A third aspect of security for the players is dispute resolution. Players may feel that they have not been given their due winnings or bonuses and have therefore been put to a loss. This can only be resolved if each and every gaming transaction and financial transaction has been archived. Online casinos maintain these archives so as to ensure transparency. Players can check back the outcome of a slot spin or blackjack hand played months ago. In the event of a dispute these archives are made available to independent mediators like eCOGRA, who study the trails and resolve the disputes.

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Comment by: The Snator On: April 20, 2010
Just make sure that whenever you're depositing at an online casino that they state that the connection that you're entering in any sensitive information is encrypted. If they say that it isn't then you really shouldn't deposit IMHO and go somewhere else where they do state that they are in fact using a secure connection.
Comment by: Leslie R. On: March 09, 2010
I'm a pretty trusting person myself so I just assume that online casinos are on top of security in ensuring that I'm kept safe and secure!
Comment by: Pauline On: February 14, 2010
I always tell friends who express concerns in this regards when it comes to security at online casinos that they need not worry. The fact is that you're more likely to have other accounts and personal details compromised and usually it takes place off the web.
Comment by: burtman On: January 30, 2010
There really isn't anything to worry about! Online casinos know what they're doing when it comes to security and the safety of their players. It's very rare that you'll find that online casinos encounter any breaches of security, etc...
Comment by: scrantonboy On: January 26, 2010
Knock on wood I have never experienced any issues in way of security when it comes to playing at online casinos. Never has my information been compromised or anything like that. I find that transactions that are done over the web provided that you're logging in via secure SSL connections are very stable and robust and it's very much unlikely that your info or details would be stolen!
Comment by: Edna222 On: January 19, 2010
I think that the only worry here would be that your credit card details would be compromised or something but I think that it's very unlikely that this would ever happen. I agree that it's probably more likely that something like this would be caused by a breach on a users computer vs. that of a breach on a online casino operations systems.
Comment by: Kenny Curron On: November 18, 2009
I may be naive to thing this but I just always figured that all online casinos were secure and those that are not and that were found to have breaches in their security wouldn't last very long out there. I've always been one for going by this kind of philosophy when it comes to playing at online casinos!
Comment by: Kerry Bonnenstien On: September 08, 2009
I haven't heard about any issues related to online casino security in a very long time. I think it's safe to assume that if you're playing at an online casino that's powered by one of the big software providers out there that they've done what it takes to ensure that all information both personal and financial are kept safe and away from prying eyes.

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