You Need to Know About Safe and Responsible Gaming
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
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.
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.
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,
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
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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