When deciding which online casino to place your money with, security should be of utmost concern to the player. There are several things that highly reputable online casinos do to ensure security for their players, and in this article, we’re going to discuss some of the ways you can determine whether or not an online casino is trustworthy.
Regulatory Bodies and Independent Audits
Any trustworthy casino will possess a license that has been issued within a credible jurisdiction. The three most sought after licenses are from Malta, the United Kingdom, and the Isle of Man. These regulatory bodies have strict guidelines that require online casinos undergo regular auditing, in order to maintain their license.
The regular auditing ensures that online casinos are not employing any rigged software or other measures that would otherwise cheat players or make odds unduly in the casino’s favor. The auditing companies, such as eCOGA, ensure that the RNG software (random number generator) is truly random, as well as evaluating the casino’s security methods of storing players’ deposits. For example, Casumo India (and other localized Casumo websites) are regulated by both the UK and Malta bodies, and is submitted for regular auditing.
You should be able to find the auditing company’s logo clearly displayed on an online casino’s website, and you can typically visit the auditing company’s website to double-check if they have truly endorsed the online casino in question.
Random Number Generator Software
The RNG software that an online casino deploys is perhaps the most critical software for guaranteeing fair odds. Because online casino games are digital, RNG software emulates things like deck shuffling, a roulette wheel spinning and stopping, the bars of a slot machine spinning, etcetera. It’s almost like the software is rolling dice, but it’s a little more complicated than that.
What RNG software will typically do is cycle through as many numbers it’s been programmed for, hundreds of even thousands of times per millisecond, so that the RNG software will “stop” on exactly the number it’s cycling through at the appropriate time (when the player presses ‘Deal’, or the roulette ball stops, etc.).
RNG software must be very delicately balanced to ensure fair odds, and this is why, as mentioned above, licensed online casinos are required to have regular independent audits. Trustworthy casinos will typically provide information about their RNG software, as well as displaying any test results or certificates from independent audits.
Encryption and Browser Security
Modern security protocols for internet browsers utilize cryptology and digital encryption to ensure that information, such as banking and credit card details are encrypted enroute between your computer and the online casino’s servers. This is a bit of a simplification, so let’s examine it a little bit deeper without overwhelming anyone.
Typically, online casinos (and any other website that handles customer information) utilizes Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TSL) digital encryption. SSL is a certificate that authenticates communication between the server and client, by deploying a public key and symmetric key. It is essentially a handshake between the server and client, to establish certain protocols of the communication between the two points.
The things established during this handshake will be protocol version, cryptographic algorithms, validating digital certificates, and generating a shared secret key, which prevents key distribution abuse.
TLS operates in nearly the same way as SSL, but it is a bit more modern, and thus becoming more popular. Although some websites and online casinos may refer to it as SSL, the two terms SSL/TLS are commonly used interchangeably, whether the online casino is using one protocol or the other. In either case, your browser’s URL bar will inform you if the connection is secure, as it will display HTTPS:// instead of HTTP:// in front of the casino’s website name.
Terms and Conditions
One thing to be aware of is an individual casino’s specific terms and conditions policies, which you should always read thoroughly. Most people very readily ‘Agree’ to terms and conditions when signing up for websites, but with online casinos, you really do want to read the fine print. It should spell everything out as specifically as possible, including how exactly a player can use or cash-out bonus deposits, rollover requirements, how to proceed after winning a large jackpot, and other things.
It is highly advisable that you take a screenshot of the casino’s terms and conditions after registering, so that you’ll be aware of any tweaks or alterations made at a later date. Some online casinos may “tweak” (manipulate) their terms and conditions to favor themselves during a dispute, and having a screenshot of the terms and conditions may benefit you if ever.