Cyber crime is constantly on the rise. Online poker is a lucrative and easy game to play. It is also fairly easy to join an online poker website. Join us as we spill some facts on how you can protect yourself when playing online poker.
While there are some pretty good websites out there that are secure and strict in their security measures, it is still better to do some homegrown defenses on your end. If the site can be trusted, it does not necessarily follow that all players can be trusted. After all, it is other players themselves that try to scam others. It is horrid but it is very true.
Here are a few and quite easy ways in which you can protect yourself when playing online poker:
Beef up your security software
It actually comes as a surprise to us that a lot of poker players online only carry the most rudimentary (and free) antivirus programs on their units. While there is nothing wrong with that, it cannot suitably protect you from more rabid types of malware.
It is important to remember that there are hackers out there that specifically design their malware to target specific people—like online poker players. It would be better on your part to invest in really good security software for your system. These will normally come with extra firewalls and programs specifically made to track key-loggers.
Never play on unsecured networks
The beauty of online poker is that you can play it from anywhere. You can have the program in your laptop or even your phone and you can play a game. What is not always secure is the network that you are using.
It is fairly common knowledge that public networks can look to be legit but are actually set up by hackers. The way it works is that when you connect to that network, your information is seen and therefore logged by people who are out to steal your identity. You can avoid this by bringing your own secured network with you. There are now pocket networks that you can purchase from your ISP (internet service provider). They will come with the security that you need when in public.
Think before you click!
One of the more common ways to scam someone is to create pop-up windows that mimic that site that you are presently on. For example, you log on to your poker website and click something—there might be a pop-up to overtake your browser saying that you have just been logged out and will need to log back in again.
Before you click anything, be sure that you are looking at the legal website that you are trying to visit. Online poker often deals with massive amounts of money—along with some sensitive information about your identity. If hackers manage to get a hold of your login details, you put yourself at risk. This can be easily avoided by keeping a sharp eye on anything that might look like a scam or a phishing site.
Keeping these pointers in mind will help keep your online poker life safe!