Online Bingo Security-What to Look For

Internet security is a very serious issue and should be of utmost importance to players at online bingo sites and other gambling sites. Reputable bingo sites have taken every measure possible to protect their player bases and provide players with a safe, enjoyable online bingo experience. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated and have managed to compromise several major websites but so far bingo sites have not been hit by hackers. There are several actions players can take to protect their computers when choosing a bingo site.

Players should install a firewall and antivirus software on their computers. The firewall protects the hard drive from attacks by hackers and other third parties. Antivirus programs check for any potentially dangerous software. There are many reputable free antivirus programs available. Players should beware of fake antivirus programs and should thoroughly research any antivirus program before installing it. Players without adequate protection could easily have their personal banking information compromised.

Players should never let anyone see their usernames or passwords. If that information is shared third parties could log on a drain an account. Do not allow your computer to “Remember my password for this site” if the computer is shared with anyone else.

Be sure to use a credit or debit card that offers protection against fraud. Players in the UK and Europe have a wide variety of safe funding options available. Unfortunately American players may be forced to use less than reputable methods to fund their accounts at bingo sites. Before giving any credit card details to any bingo site be sure to read the site’s security policy and make sure that all sensitive and private data will be encrypted and transmitted securely. Look for sites that use systems like SSL Secure Socket Layer technology.

All bingo site will have the licensing jurisdiction posted somewhere on the site. The most common licensing jurisdictions include Malta, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Curacao and Kahnawake. Most countries will have their own standards and rules and regulations. In most licensing jurisdictions gaming commissions will require that bingo sites-

1.    Operate legally and ethically.
2.    All games will be fair and tamper proof. Some jurisdictions require that all games be tested regularly by an independent company.
3.    All player information will be safe and secure.
4.    Bingo sites will take every measure possible to make sure players are of legal age.
5.    Financial records must be open for inspection.
6.    The bingo site is sufficiently capitalized.
7.    All players may withdraw funds anytime they choose and payouts will be made in a timely manner.

Players should look for these licensing standards to make sure the site properly licensed in a reputable jurisdiction. The more information made available to players the better.

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