What should I be careful about?
With there being so many different software providers to choose from these days, there will always be things that you will need to be careful of. You really need to make sure that you are playing at an online casino that uses fair and licensed software.
There are plenty of recognised and established software providers, like Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, IGT and Cryptologic, as well as many other game developers that all deliver a fair game to their players. Most of the online software companies found in casinos today offer industry standard encryption and security methods. This is one of the first things you should be looking for before you even register at any online casino, regardless of the software provider. Just checking that the casino employs these security measures can save you a lot of hassle further on down the line. You should be able to easily recognize whether or not the casino employs these methods.
To start off, you can check in the address bar of your web browser to see if there is a lock icon where you will be able to tell you are using HTTPS, which is a process in which your internet browser uses SSL and TSL to encrypt your personal information and to keep it safe. If you are playing at a casino, but you do not see this lock icon, you need to be extremely careful on how you proceed. Even just registering at that casino without this icon could seriously jeopardise your online security. At the bottom of the casino’s web page you should also see displayed an icon that shows the casino is using either SSL or TSL technology, which encrypts your personal data to keep it safe at all times. You may also see information regarding an anti-virus program that the casino may be using. If you cannot locate this information in the Terms and Conditions, either, it is vital that you contact the casino's support and ask them what methods of security they use. You should be very careful and do this before you register.
So, now you have checked the site has security and proceeded with your registration, there are still other things that you need to check. It is always a good idea to check these before actually registering. Still, if you have already registered, don’t worry because you still have time to check before making that all-important deposit. Every player wants a fair gaming experience. The key to ensuring that this is fulfilled is to make sure the casino uses a Random Number Generator. When playing with Microgaming, NetEnt and other giants in the industry, this comes as standard, but it never hurts to double check for your own piece of mind. A Random Number Generator will ensure that all the games you play result in random outcomes.
Many of the leading online casinos will display a Seal of Approval, which can be viewed on the casino’s website. This Seal of Approval is awarded to those casinos that have achieved compliance with eCOGRA’s high standards. These casinos have demonstrated that their games are fair, their casino operates honestly and behaves responsibly and also that your monetary deposits are safe. The casinos that receive this undergo rigorous assessments by independent specialists. When you see this Seal of Approval, rest assured that you will have a fair and safe gameplay above all else.
Next let’s move on to the Return to Player rate, which you should always check to make sure again that you have a fair payout for the games you are going to play. Again, the same applies here with everything else we have mentioned in this guide. When you are playing with leaders in the industry, like Microgaming and Net Entertainment, you will always have a fair payout on your games, which is usually above 95%. Most casinos will allow you to view their reports for all their games in regards to the RTP. You should be very careful if a casino’s RTP is below 93%.
Here on AskGamblers we have a list of blacklisted casinos. Common sense prevails when it comes to picking the right casino with the right software providers. However, if you are ever unsure when searching for the right one for you, you can always check it against our list of casinos here.
Never rush into registering and depositing at an online casino, especially the lesser known online casinos. After all, as you will ultimately be placing your hard earned money at this casino, you want to make sure that you are going to have a fair and safe experience. Once you have registered and made your deposit, that casino has all of your details. Finding out later that the casino has not ticked any of the checkboxes we have mentioned in this guide could cause you some serious problems in the future. Always make sure you get a fair deal.