How To Practice Safe Gambling on Mobile Devices

Gambling on the go is fun. It’s much more convenient than playing on a desktop computer and so straightforward that you can do it from anywhere. However, it can also be a bit dangerous – the internet is a dark and dangerous place, and there are many frauds and crooks out there who would like to take your money. Safety comes in all shapes and sizes and is equally important. To help you with that, here are some simple pointers to ensure that your time with mobile gambling is safe and fun.

Stick to Trustworthy Casino Apps and Operators

Before you dive into real-money gambling and start playing games like European roulette online, always remember to ensure that the casino app or operator of your choosing is licensed and trustworthy. How to do that? The initial thing to do is check for the legitimacy of the license: 

  • Step 1: Look for recognized licenses from respected bodies such as the UK Gambling Commission or the Malta Gaming Authority. Even better, verify if a certain operator is licensed within the jurisdiction of the region where you are residing.
  • Step 2: Confirm the Validity of the License. View the license number (usually found at the casino website footer), and search it in the jurisdiction register to see if the license exists.
  • Step 3: See if the license has expired. Some operators have been previously licensed by jurisdictions and now have their licenses revoked. If that happens, it could mean that the operator does not comply with up-to-date standards, which is a clear sign to avoid investing time and money in their platform.

After verifying that an operator is legal and legitimate, you can visit their site to register or download the dedicated mobile app. We recommend downloading apps only from trusted sources such as the App Store or Google Play Store. It may be a problem with a few operators, as they do not release their apps on Google Play Store. 

Here, you will have to get the app from the casino site itself and then manually install it on your device as a third-party app. It’s not as fishy as it sounds, but we recommend you verify the site for its authenticity. Also, seek apps with excellent reviews and high ratings on the above-mentioned stores.

Some Additional Information On How To Keep Your Own Mobile Device Safe

We discussed at the beginning of this article that the secure website you select is important, but so is the security of your own mobile device. To do this, we recommend that you use some type of secure password – or biometric lock – (fingerprint or facial recognition) to protect your app. This should especially be of high interest if you have already linked your payment methods (like your credit cards, PayPal, etc) to your betting account in that modern smartphones have those capabilities. 

1. Use Secure Connections

Avoid gambling over public Wi-Fi networks, as they can be easily hacked. Instead, use a secure and private internet connection. Consider encrypting your data using a VPN if you must use public Wi-Fi. 

2. Be Cautious with Personal Information

Only provide the necessary information when creating an account. Reputable apps will ask for your details for security purposes, but be wary of apps asking for excessive information. Never share your password or financial details via email or text. 

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3. Set Limits and Stick to Them

Set a budget for how much money and time you are willing to spend on gambling. Most reputable gambling apps and online casinos allow you to set daily, weekly, or monthly limits. This is a helpful, responsible gambling tool that can help you manage your spending and reduce the risk of developing unhealthy gambling habits. 

4. Beware of Scams and Fraud

Scammers often target gamblers. This is usually done in the form of unrealistic bonuses or offers that don’t make sense. Be cautious of emails, messages, or ads promising guaranteed wins or asking for money. The rule of thumb is that no one gives anything away for free. No deposit bonuses exist, but they also come with specific terms and conditions. To avoid being scammed, do your best to verify the source of the link you’ve sent to. If something looks like it’s too good to be true, that’s because it probably is. 

5. Monitor Your Transactions

All modern bank and e-wallet apps allow you to monitor all the transactions in real-time. So, if you notice anything suspicious, like an unauthorized transaction, contact your bank and the gambling app’s support team immediately. 

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