For as long as it exists, gambling has undoubtedly been a hot issue (and in some societies, even a taboo). Sometimes, there is a thin line between a successful gambler and a person who loses everything on poker, blackjack or roulette. Beside fortune, figure in the ever-present possibility of fraud (i.e. a fraudulent player, croupier, or even a casino) – no wonder some countries consider making gambling all but illegal again.
Everything that has been said so far can relate to both traditional forms of gambling (i.e. gambling in a “real life”, physical casino) and online gambling. In fact, it is even more true of online gambling, as we know that the “online world” is much more susceptible to all kinds of fraud. Think of credit card frauds, malware, spyware or “phishing”, to name just a few harmful online activities. This begs the question of whether one should even venture into the world of online gambling. Hopefully, the reader will find an affirmative answer after reading this article.
If you do venture into gambling online, here are some useful recommendations: read the casino’s terms and conditions; always look for the win rate; read forums with reviews of online casinos; invest into a trusted spyware/malware detection software and always look for trusted websites.
- Read the casino’s terms and conditions
We have all witnessed how confusing terms and conditions can be in general. However, when it comes to gambling, one cannot be too certain. Do not let the fine print trick you – read everything and do not hesitate to contact the customer support if you have any doubts.
- Look for the win rate
Some casinos have a very “unfair” win rate, to say the least. Always make sure to check the win rate (or ask for it if it is not listed) as this is the most common “legal way of cheating”. Otherwise, you may win, for example, $200, but the casino will pay out only $100, as its win rate is only 50%. Moreover, you will not be entitled to the rest if the casino’s fine print or customer support page clearly states that the casino’s win rate is 50%.
- Read forums with reviews of online casinos
This is a particularly useful way of protecting oneself from frauds when gambling online. The forum/review section of any gambling site will give you a useful insight into the website’s terms and conditions, win rate, customer support, user experience, etc. What is more, here you can ask anything you want to know and get the answer from users just like you.
- Invest in a trusted spyware/malware detection software and always look for trusted websites
Last but not least, invest in a good program that will protect you when gambling online. Actually, it is very useful to invest into such a program regardless of whether you gamble or not – staying safe online in today’s world is almost as important as staying safe in the “real world”. There are a lot of free versions of such software, so you do not need to invest too much money if you want to protect yourself. Be very careful where you enter sensitive/private information (such as credit card number, social security number, etc.). Look for websites that protect your information using privacy-protecting techniques, such as encryption.
When it comes to gambling online, one cannot be too cautious. However, if you do your best to protect yourself, you should be able to enjoy gambling in a fun and safe manner. Still, remember that moderation is the key when it comes to online gambling.