How can I tell if an online casino is safe?
As stated above, we believe most are. A few other indications at a given website can further reassure the player. The first thing a player should do when considering a new online casino at which to play is to spend just a few minutes with the homepage or “landing page” of the website. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where a number of logos/icons should be seen.
Look among these for certification from approved auditors. While most online gaming does business in a bit of a legal gray area, the following are some of the authorities helping ensure that fairness of gameplay and best practices are employed by individual casinos.
Among those icons at the bottom of the casino’s homepage, look for the eCOGRA (eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance) mark. eCOGRA is a particularly wide-ranging auditing firm for the online gaming industry and is among its most trusted names. Gaming Labs and CDS also function as informal regulators; the latter has the easy-to-recognize red checkmark as logo.
The KGC (Kahnawake Gaming Commission) is another to seek. This organization in Canada is based on First Nations land and is therefore not subject to certain federal and provincial laws regarding gambling; today, the KGC hosts hundreds of casino game suppliers’ online infrastructure and provides regulator-like monitoring of all sites hosted.
Is Making A Casino Deposit Safe?
When you looked at the bumper area of the casino homepage, did you notice the SSL or TLS symbols? These are acronyms for “Secure Socket Layer” and “Transport Layer Security,” respectively, and indicate that digital encryption is used in processing transactions securely. By use of algorithms – don’t ask for specifics; I don’t actually do this sorta mathematical voodoo – would-be hackers are foiled from stealing your personal information. The TLS version of the encryption is more advanced, but even nearly a decade after its introduction, most online merchants find SSL perfectly capable of doing the job. (Incidentally, if you don’t see these symbols on the homepage’s footer, check for them on the page wherein credit card information is entered.)
A slightly more informal check on a given online casino website would have the player inspect the alternatives for payment. As North American players know, paying by credit/debit card is nearly impossible at *many* online casinos; Canadian and US players need choice to play at online casinos.
While the presence of a variety of electronic payment methods doesn’t necessarily ensure safety and security at the casino itself, the implication is that financial services worldwide trust the legitimacy of the given casino outlet. When depositing/withdrawing with an electronic payment system, an extra level of encryption (thus security of financial transaction) is added.
How Do I Know That a Casino Game's Outcome Is In Fact Random?
Perhaps the key task undertaken by the auditing bodies listed above is that of verifying the Random Number Generator within the online casino’s gaming software.
Though it sounds like a simple matter, the RNG lies at the heart of the online slot itself. Now that the “hardware” of good old-fashioned one-armed bandits has gone by the wayside, the outcome of a given turn at the virtual slot is no longer determined by a physical action, i.e. the spinning reels locking into place.
Instead, the RNG determines just how much you’re going to bank. And unlike the slot machines of yore wherein actual moving parts could be observed, the common man would be quite clueless to guess as to whether the given online slot is actually paying out at a “regular” rate. (For the record, that rate is typically between 82% and 98%.)
So what’s the RNG doing while you’re playing? Crunching numbers, or, more accurately, considering algorithms. Interestingly enough, the outcome online is actually determined when you click your mouse to “spin” the “wheels.” Though lots of software programmers are paid good money to create the motion effect, your fate has been sealed by the RNG in that nanosecond the mouse-click goes through. Hit that sucker .27 seconds later, you’ll get a different outcome.