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All You Need to Know About Safe and Responsible Gaming

From Daniel Hult
March 2018


Gaming online is safer today than ever before. From proper licensing and advanced security features to setting appropriate betting limits, there are many ways to ensure players are protected when they gamble online. In recent years many new requirements have been introduced to keep players even safer and there are also a number of personal measures players can take to ensure a responsible and safe gambling session. Read on to learn more about the safety and security features of gaming websites and how you can make sure your gaming is always responsible, wherever you choose to play.

Security

Online gaming sites take many precautions to ensure players are safe gambling at the site. Most gaming websites use secure SSL encryption technology to keep all financial and personal data safe. This is the same technology used by online banks and means that all your details are encrypted when they pass to or from the site.

The measures taken by gambling sites are also designed to prevent money laundering and identity theft. The gaming site will verify your identity before you are allowed to play and again before you reach their deposit or withdrawal limit. You can usually see a gaming site's security certificate displayed at the bottom of the website.

Licensing

Every website offering betting and gambling must hold a valid gambling license. There are various licenses issued by different jurisdictions around the world and the most common gambling licenses come from Gibraltar, Malta, Curacao, Isle of Man and Alderney.

These licenses ensure the gaming site adheres to regulations relating to responsible gaming policies, legislation, anti-money laundering practices, tax, financial reporting, and follows a general code of conduct. The online casino must have an appropriate license for where you are playing and you will normally be blocked from the site by software if you are not entitled to play there.

Auditing and Testing

Another way that players are kept safe when gaming online is by online casino auditing and testing. All the games at gaming sites have to be tested and audited regularly to ensure they are fair to play. The games are tested by independent auditing organisations, such as iTech Labs and eCOGRA. Games of chance, such as roulette and slot machines, use a RNG (random number generator) to ensure the results are randomly generated. An audit will test the mathematical algorithms that are used by the RNG to make sure the results really are random and the payouts fair.

Responsible Gaming

In addition to the security and safety features employed by online gaming sites, there are other measures they take to keep players safe. Gaming sites are encouraged to display an over-eighteen icon and give links to gambling addiction help sites. It is possible for players to 'self-exclude', which means they are blocked from playing at the site for a certain length of time, often 6 months. They can also suspend themselves for shorter amounts of time or delete their account permanently.

Tips on Gambling Responsibly

Although we all hope to win money when gambling, it is possible to lose money and so you should only ever gamble what you can afford to lose. It is a good idea to set a budget for gaming and stick to it - never chase losses as this can worsen the situation. Your betting limit should be enough to keep the gaming exciting, but never so much that it will affect your life adversely if you lose. If you have any concerns about your gaming habits you can always turn to a gambling helps site for advice, such as GamCare, Gamble Aware or Gamblers Anonymous.

Other tips for responsible gaming or Green gaming include: setting a time limit on your gaming session (perhaps even set an alarm clock) and only playing while you are having fun. As soon as you stop enjoying yourself, it is time to take a break. Another important tip is to only play while you can concentrate 100%, so make sure you limit any alcohol or other substances so you can keep a clear head and make the right decisions.

There are various other ways that players can make sure their gambling is always responsible and safe. First steps include ensuring you choose a safe and legitimate gaming site to play at which has the correct licensing and security measures in place. Always use secure passwords and keep your computer security software up-to-date. Another good way to make sure a gaming site is legitimate is to check independent reviews across multiple websites.

With a sensible approach to choosing your online gaming site and an appropriate betting limit in place, you should be able to enjoy safe and responsible gaming session, whatever your gambling choice.

 


 

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