One of the most common preconception people have against online gambling is that it is unsafe to play at online casinos. They often say that you never know what goes on in an online casino, and that they might as well just be rigging the games to make sure that you lose your money or, even worse, simply just steal your money. This might be true to a degree – I mean, sure, there are sketchy casinos out there who are just out to steal your money. But we are talking about a very small minority of all the casinos on the internet. In this short blog post I would like to argue that it is in fact much safer to play at an online casino than it is at a brick and mortar casino.
First of all, if you know how to find a secure casino, you won’t ever really have to worry about the casino stealing money from you. The first thing you should look after when you are visiting a casino website, is to make sure they have a real gambling license. You can normally find the license number at the website’s “about us” page. If a casino is licensed, it means that the gambling authorities in the country in which the casino is operating from are making sure that the casino lives up to the laws on gambling in that country. The more well-known a casino is, the more likely it is that they actually have a valid gaming license. Please note that it’s very rare for an online casino to operate without a valid gambling license. If you visit sites such as casinoonline.re (they also have a facebook site), for example, you can find over 30 casinos which are all licensed and well known for being secure and trustworthy.
When a casino is licensed it also means that the government are making sure all the games that are available in the casino are using a valid RNG (Random Number Generator). This is the algorithm that makes sure the games are played entirely of chance, and that the casino has no ability to tweak the games in their favor.
So what about hackers? You’ve probably seen a lot of movies where hackers take over a website and steal millions of dollars from innocent people. Well, in reality, that doesn’t really happen. I mean, if you play at one of the bigger gambling websites, you can be pretty sure that online safety is a cornerstone in their operation. It’s probably more likely that you will get in to trouble at a real live casino, like for example a thief who steals your chips when you are not looking, than it is that you would have your casino account cleaned out by a hacker.
The only thing you should really be cautious about when you are playing at an online casino is in fact yourself. The most common problem amongst online gamblers is, by far, that they end up playing too much and get in to financial trouble. Believe it or not, this problem is far greater than for example hackers or dodgy casino sites. But there are several ways to keep your gaming habits in check. Start off by playing at websites who are keen to promote responsible gambling. They often offer guides and deposit limits that you can use to make sure that you don’t end up losing more money than you can actually afford to lose.
I hope that by reading this you feel a bit more at easy about online casinos. Trust me, they are much more fun than most real casinos, and on top of that – They’re way more convenient, as you don’t have to go anywhere in order to play at them!