Keeping Yourself (And Your Money!) Safe When Gambling Online

Are you thinking about gambling online? Unlike social and casual casino games, an online casino involves playing with and winning real money. Since it is an online gaming platform, every transaction done is all online as well. With that in mind, how sure are you that your information and money are safe against cyber attackers?

Whether you are gambling casual on slots, some card games, an online teen Patti in India, or a high roller in poker and roulette tables, it is crucial to make sure your information is safe from cyber criminals. Here are some steps to help you secure your personal information and your money whenever you are gambling online.

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Always make sure the online casino is legit


This is probably the most important thing you need to do if you want to do some online gambling. There are various ways to confirm and verify the legitimacy of an online casino.

One method is to check if the online casino is registered under the government it is operating from. If it a US-based online casino, make sure that it is operating from a state where online betting is legal. Check if their games and system have been certified by regulating bodies for user fairness and security.

If an online casino is legitimate, you can at least rest assured that your information would remain encrypted in their system. They would have safety protocols to secure all sensitive information of their patrons.

Have a “gambling only” card


You can treat this option as some kind of a “when all else fails” safety measure. In the most unfortunate case that your personal information and your card have been compromised in the online casino you have played on, you can at least find comfort that it is not the main credit card that you use for other purposes.

For you to have an extra credit card that you would use only for the sole purpose of online gambling, you can ask your current bank or financial institution to release a supplementary card or extension of your current card. Then, make sure to set the credit and spending limit of that card according to a specific budget that you will set. This will work in both ways for you--as a means to help you avoid overspending as well as to help protect you from the most unfortunate scenario that you get virtually compromised.

Set a spending threshold on your card


This is another security feature that you can take advantage of. Just coordinate with your bank or financial institution and set a spending threshold for your card. This will have your card be on a temporary lock and alert you through text, call, or email about the transaction.

Take this, for example: if you set your card’s threshold amount to be at $100 per single transaction, you will get an alert every time a transaction over that amount is attempted. You would need to approve the transaction, usually through a one-time password (OTP) that will be sent to your enrolled contact information.

If for some reason, your card information got compromised, you will most likely get a notification of a charge that you have to authorize. If you do not recognize the charge, you can then call your bank and have your current card blocked.

Use an e-money wallet, if possible


Aside from the fact that e-money wallets have faster transaction turnaround times, they can also act as a defense line for your banking or card information. Since all you have to provide to the gambling site is your username or email address, people attempting to steal your information and money would have minimal options to go from.

Just make sure, though, that you have secured your e-money wallet by setting it up using a strong password and if possible, enable two-factor authentication.

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