Online casinos see millions of dollars go through their accounts every month (the big ones at least).
Games such as poker, roulette and of course slot games see continuous financial action and that makes online casinos a significant target for fraudsters.
However, there are very few reports of fraud or cyber-attacks with online casinos clearly savvy at protecting themselves from online attacks and cheaters.
But how do they do it? And are they watching us?
It starts at the sign-up process
In the past, it was pretty easy to open an account but these days the enrolment process is a little more detailed but that is for the good.
The standard questions are asked but then secure passwords are required and when it comes to withdrawal often identification is required in order to prove you are who you say you are.
This is to prevent fraudulent activity and the unsafe release of funds particularly in overseas territory in which gambling is illegal.
This also stops players from taking advantage of multiple deposit bonuses with multiple accounts through one online casino.
Naturally everything is online, so casinos need to be tech savvy.
There is a software called PitBoss that many online casinos utilise to help identify potential cheaters.
It does this by using bots and online advisors.
These bots monitor player habits and identifies skill levels over a time period and then flags any unusual patterns of play that forms.
These players are then closely monitored and if it transpires they are cheating, will be banned immediately and their account closed.
Although desktop remains a popular way to play online casino, many providers use apps as a safer way to ensure protection against a cyber-attack.
This is because it is much harder for a hacker to add a ‘bug’ to an app than say a standard URL through a browser such as Chrome or Edge.
You are a regular online casino player on desktop, it may be a little more secure to see if your chosen casino has an app and download that.
Random Number Generator
Most online games such as roulette and slots use a random number generator to ensure complete fairness throughout.
Of course, these have been hacked in the past to manipulate numbers but it is incredibly difficult to do so and of occurs the casinos are usually pretty quick to respond.
It is impossible to cheat the random number generator so always stick to your own strategy and remember, if you think you can cheat the system don’t bother.
You will get caught.