Critical online security tips to promote a safe computer casino experience.
It’s hard to tell who you can and can’t trust these days. Phone scammers claim to be calling from a government agency. Phishing emails warn us that an account balance is in jeopardy, hoping we’ll cough up our login credentials over a fake login page. If you have a phone number, email address or bank account, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The reality for online casino goers is all the more crucial. As real money players, we are gambling with our personal and sensitive information all the time. We process deposits and withdraws over the internet on a regular basis, and trust that our information is safe each time we do. But are we really doing all we can to promote online casino safety?
Critical Online Security Tips to Promote Safe Computer Casino Gaming
If you can’t trust emails, and you can’t trust phone calls, is it really a good idea to trust the security information you find on a random website? That’s a great question, and one I hope you were asking yourself before I posed it. Before we continue, allow me to put your mind at ease.
All the information you find here is taken directly from the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information website pertaining to online safety and security, encouraging everyone to be On Guard Online.
FTC Computer Security Tips
We use locks and alarm systems to make it harder for common criminals to break into our homes and vehicles. In the same fashion, we can make it harder for anyone to get into our desktop or laptop computer system by employing the proper tools and security measures. Here are some of the easy but critical steps you can take:
Install security software from a well-known provider. Many of these programs are free and extremely effective.
Set your operating system (Windows, Mac, Unix), web browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari, etc.) and security system to update automatically. This will help shore up any vulnerabilities and detect new threats to your system. If you need help doing this, search for “automatic updates” in the help section of the corresponding software.
Avoid Virus Warning Pop-Ups
If a window pops up on your system warning you that a virus has been detected, do not press any buttons or links on the message! It is almost always a scam trying to convince you to download or buy a security software that will ultimately give you a virus and/or rip you off. Close the window and run a scan with your trusted security software to make sure your system is clear.
Protect Your Financial Info
Do not give your financial information out in an email or over website you do not trust completely. (Learn more: How to Recognize Safe Online Casinos)
Never provide any sensitive information on a website if the URL does not begin with the prefix “https://”. The “s” stands for “secure” and is the most important factor. Without an “s” in the http protocol, any information transmitted by the website is not encrypted or protected.
All passwords should be a mixture of numbers, letters and special characters, and be at least 10 characters long. Never use your name, initials, birth date or common words in your password. Do not use the same password for multiple accounts, either. If the password for one account is stolen, a hacker may be able to access many more of your other accounts.
Keep Passwords Safe
Last but not least, keep your passwords in a safe place, and never, ever share them with anyone, for any reason!