We all love playing our favourite slot and bingo games online. Unfortunately with any form of online transaction taking place, there is always a slight risk of internet fraud. With the new year just round the corner, we felt it best to keep you up to date with all the latest security threats. The coming year is due to be a great year for online gaming. With many big plans already announced for 2016, this is sure to be a year of innovation. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of these exciting events. So without further ado, here are a list of threats that you should keep an eye out for. Don’t worry, we haven’t left you without a paddle. We’ve included possible solutions too!
Unfortunately hackers don’t simply exist in the plots of your favourite movies. Thankfully, not many of them are quite the same calibre as Neo in The Matrix. However, without the proper safety precautions you could find yourself the victim of internet fraud at the hands of other hackers. These individuals will prey on those who do not safeguard themselves against fraud. Don’t make it easy for hackers. Always ensure you have adequate antivirus on the device from which you are conducting transactions. Make sure that your antivirus is up-to-date and up to the task. Many antivirus programmes will alert you as soon as someone tries to breach your system. However, it can also be prudent to scan your system regularly to check for possible threats.
Another way to thwart hackers is change your password regularly. It is never advised to have the same password for a number of different accounts- especially if these are linked to your online banking. Try making your password as difficult as possible to crack. For instance, you could try to incorporate a variety of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols thus making it more difficult to guess.
Phishing is the enemy of every internet user. Phishing scams often come in the form of emails or pop up messages. Try to keep up to date with the latest mobile bingo scams so you’re never duped. Generally they will claim to be a legitimate company needing access to your credentials to solve a problem or to reward you in some way. One of the best ways to combat them is to always be vigilant when anyone asks you for your details. Some email and website scams in particular can be very plausible. Question everything. For instance, it is unlikely that your bank will ever ask for your details via email. Play on trusted sites such as Bingo Hollywood mobile, as much as possible. If you are concerned about a possible instance of pishing, you should contact the dedicated organisation who deals with these breaches. In the UK, this is Action Fraud.
Another way to avoid phishing is to play bingo without entering your bank details online. You can do this by utilising alternative payment methods such as PaysafeCard. These vouchers can be purchased for cash in stores and contain a code which can then be entered in the banking section of your preferred bingo site to deposit playing credit. Check the site you are playing on to see which alternative methods they accept.
Theft of mobile/tablet
It’s never easy when you have a mobile or tablet stolen. Often, in addition to the physical cost of the device, there is a worry surrounding information leak. One way to avoid having your iPad stolen is to have a bag alarm. These will alert you if someone is attempting to steal the device from your handbag. A way to safeguard against information leak is to make use of the biometric security features on your device. Many devices have a fingerprint feature now which will prevent anyone from entering unauthorised. At the very least, you should aim to password protect your mobile device.
There will always be a small threat to online security when gaming. Any online transaction carries the same risk. Use the above online bingo tips to not only safeguard yourself against fraud in bingo but in any online endeavour.
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