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Published on March 28th, 2012 | by Chris Austin

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Staying Safe When Betting Online

Betting online is one the fastest growing areas of the global gambling market, with more and more people from all walks of life choosing to game online for the greater convenience and comfort it offers over gaming in a physical location. While the advantages of online gaming make it a clear winner for casual enthusiasts, it does nevertheless raise the big question of safety and security, and with identity theft and online fraud growing to epidemic levels on the Internet, it really does pay to make sure you’re keeping an eye out for the risks and pitfalls that can capture those that gamble unaware online.  So what steps can you take to prevent these difficulties, and how can you best guarantee your safety when betting online?

Regulation

When you’re betting online, be through an online casino, sports book or other betting site, the first thing you must take into consideration is regulation. Unregulated casinos can set up online almost overnight with very little in the way of cost and effort. While they may look legitimate on the face of things, ensuring you’re betting with a regulated, licensed operator is the first step towards remaining safe online. There is no difference in buying a service online than there is offline, apart from the lack of potential visual indicators of legitimacy. A website is not the same level of asset as a full blown casino resort, so taking those extra steps towards ensuring legitimacy is highly recommended before you start entrusting your money (and your personal data) with any online operator.

Reputation

Another key element of ensuring you’re dealing with a safe, secure provider is to look for signs of an online reputation. Reviews, ratings and votes are all good things to factor in to your decision making when browsing for the best online betting site, and getting a feel for the experiences of others before you commit to any particular online betting site always comes thoroughly recommended.  Luckily, because online betting is popular worldwide, chances are that most reputable casinos and betting sites will have a few reviews already to their name online, so you have the chance to do your homework beforehand and avoid getting your fingers burned.

Never Bet What You Can’t Afford To Lose

While choosing a safe online betting site is one crucial way of ensuring the safety and security of your online gaming, another key mantra you should carry with you wherever you do your betting is to never stake what you can’t afford to lose.  It might sound obvious, but remember that money spent in an online casino is as good as money spent anywhere else, and just because you are playing via a computer screen does not mean you won’t be personally financially responsible for your actions.  To best avoid getting into difficulties and causing yourself too much hassle, make sure you keep your betting, online or off, within sensible, affordable limits to make sure you stay as personally safe as possible whenever you are betting cash.



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