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Are You Safe Online?

The last thing any of us want to do when we’re enjoying the best and newest pokies in the world is worry about security. Online casinos are for relaxing with a spin or two of the reels or with a classic casino game like Roulette or Blackjack. But those of you who are regulars of our site will know that internet security is one of the things we find ourselves talking about quite a lot.

The basic fact of the matter is that when you (and your money and your details) are online, you need to be careful. That means using trusted providers (like the online casinos we recommend to you here at OCG) who are well-regulated and who will protect you. It also probably means using an e-wallet these days, too – which is a good idea as it provides an extra layer of protection between you and the people who would steal them if they could.

But there was a note of caution at the end of last year for users of Skrill and Neteller – apparently, back in 2009-10, more than 7 million accounts with those providers were hacked. Quite why it has taken so long for the details to emerge is anyone’s guess (though the obvious motivation for keeping it a secret doesn’t make Skrill or Neteller look good...). What this doesn’t mean is that you should ignore the benefits of an e-wallet altogether. Yes, their security was breached, but the holders of the affected account had lost money refunded.

The simple answer to the question at the top of this article is ‘no – you are not completely safe online’. Which is why you need to be careful. Only deposit money with an online casino you trust, and make sure it’s a well-established, well-regulated, authentic online casino. And try to make sure that you have as much protection as possible for your money and your details. That might mean an e-wallet – they’re not 100% safe, but at least you know that if something does go wrong, you have somewhere to turn to make good any losses you might suffer. And don’t go clicking on every pop-up that springs onto your screen. There are unscrupulous people online, and you need to be sure they’re not ruining your fun!

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