As many people are concerned about Internet security, it’s no surprise that one of the biggest concerns players have when it comes to online casinos is the safety of gambling on the Internet. Thankfully, modern online casinos have many different safeguards in place that keep their customers safe. Here’s a rundown of a few of the most important features used to make sure your online casino experience is safe and reliable.
Random Number Generators
Random Number Generators (RNGs) are the driving force behind most online casino games. Since there isn’t a physical deck of cards, pair of dice or spinning wheel to determine the results each time you bet, a random number generator is used to pick cards, numbers, or other random factors in casino games.
RNGs use very complex methods to ensure the results are truly random and unpredictable. For instance, an RNG might use a combination of various inputs to develop a “seed” number, which is then fed into what’s known as a “pseudo-random” number generator which uses that seed to come up with the final result. The pseudo-random generator along would be close enough to random to be virtually impossible to exploit, but by using an essentially random input (weather readings, clock times, mouse movements, or some combination of many factors) to generate a new seed each time, truly random results are generated.
These RNGs ensure that games are played just as fairly as those in a real casino. In fact, these games are often even more “accurate” than their real world casino counterparts, as it’s much more difficult to tamper with a virtual deck or dice than the real thing! Over time, you’ll see that the results of an online roulette wheel or craps game come very close to what you’d expect based on the laws of probability.
Jurisdictions and Licensing
All reputable online gambling companies are licensed in a jurisdiction that provides oversight for online casino activities. Some of the better known jurisdictions offer online casino licensing include the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Canada and the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.
In addition, many major nations have begun requiring sites to obtain licenses from their own governments in order to operate in these markets. High profile legislative changes in France and Italy in the last two years are just two examples of countries taking the licensing burden upon themselves in order to provide the highest possible level of security to their citizens…and increase tax revenues at the same time.