Online Bingo Security Features

Online bingo players provide bingo sites with their credit card and bank account details daily so it is easy to see why safety is such a major concern. There are hundreds of bingo sites out there but how do players determine whether a site is legitimate or a scam. In the past there have been a few rogue operators that set up shop, took player’s money and disappeared. Just about anyone with technical skills can set up a legitimate looking site making safety even more important. Online bingo is just like any other business, there are bound to be a few bad apples. So how can players tell the good from the bad? Here are a few things to look for.

The licensing jurisdiction is a very good indicator of a bingo site’s legitimacy. Some jurisdictions have very strict regulations while other have very few or none at all. A good rule of thumb is to stick to online bingo sites licensed in the European Union and the United Kingdom. Many online bingo sites have located in jurisdictions such as Malta, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man because of favorable tax policies. Many sites are licensed in the Caribbean and Central America. Licensing standards vary in the Caribbean and Central America so it is always best to do some research on the licensing jurisdiction.

Legitimate licensing jurisdictions require periodic software testing. This is done to ensure that all games are fair and random. Random number generators are checked several times a year. It is not hard to determine where a casino is licensed. Legitimate bingo sites and casinos will display the details of their license prominently.  Bogus bingo sites will try to hide where they are licensed and many use fake license logos. Fortunately the internet has made it possible for players to access information about both online bingo sites and licensing jurisdictions.

Since online bingo sites handle multiple transactions every day security software is used to process transactions.  Most legitimate bingo sites use Secure Socket Layer encryption programs. Transactions are encrypted and then retrieved using a key that is changed several times a day making it impossible for hackers to gain access to the personal account details of players. The safest online bingo sites will offer multiple deposit methods. Players should avoid bingo sites that only accept cash or untraceable wire transfers. Players have a wealth of information available at their fingertips and doing a little research can guarantee a safe and pleasant online bingo experience.

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