The internet world can be a scary place if you do not know your way around. The digital space of internet gambling is a scary place no matter what you know, but there are some steps you can take to protect yourself.
A truly safe online casino can be discovered by looking at many different factors and evaluating them with high standards. Some of the factors that we will look at include banking options, company lifespan, licensing information and software certification.
While a long lifespan is not a requirement that is insanely important, the other factors are most certainly set in stone. If a site is missing a gaming license, a software audit, or quick banking options, then the whole site is dead to us. We will now go into detail about what exactly we look for in each new site we find.
The speed in which a casino processes our payouts is of utmost importance. A truly safe casino should not have any problems paying their players in a timely fashion.
The reason why long delays are unacceptable is that the player funds and operational funds are supposed to be separated. In laymen’s terms, this means that the money they use to run their business is not mixed in with the money that is sitting in players accounts.
Sometimes, a long delay might occur that is justifiable and not that big of a deal. However, if these delays are happening every single time, something shady is certainly going on. One example of a delay that is legit involves the withdrawal method of a check via snail mail. These checks sometimes get lost in the mail and that is not the fault of the casino, obviously.
Another feature that we require in our online casinos is that they offer payouts via worldwide reputable sources such as Visa or MasterCard. If a site is lacking these popular payment methods but has a bunch of obscure ones, it is highly concerning and makes us wonder what they did to scare off the famous brands.
The amount of time that a company has been in business is sometimes a decent indicator of reliability. It is rare for a casino to stay in business for multiple decades unless they are reasonably ethical and provide a safe product.
Our logic for assuming this is because over time every single review for an unethical casino will be filled with tons of wall-of-text complaints. Eventually, this will translate into less and less people joining the casino after seeing these comments, and then the site goes out of business.
Another reason why a company’s longevity is important is because we can see their history clearly. We know exactly what they did, when they did it, and how they resolved any issues that arose. We can also check out the online forums and reviews for an older site and make sure their withdrawals are processing and their players are being treated fairly.
We do not have this luxury of background checks with a new online casino since they could easily be owned by a shady group of people who used to own an unreliable casino that went out of business already. If you are unsure, you can always just google the names of the CEO and some other company officers to see if they have a history of unethical business practices.
An online casino’s level of security is directly related to how safe of a site it is. The main features that determine this level of security is the site’s software certification as well as the gaming company that is licensing the site.
When we play in any online casino, we demand that the games be fair and that the random number generator is 100% random. There is no middle ground in this category, either the site is fair or it isn’t.
This is where casino auditing firms come into the picture. These firms will test each game millions of times and make sure that the random number generator is working properly and unpredictably.
Once their audit is finished, these auditing firms will certify the casinos that passed and put their firm’s safety stamp on the casino’s homepage. Some of the more popular auditing firms that we have seen are named eCOGRA and Thawte.
If you go to choose an online casino and cannot find a single trace of an auditing firm running tests on the site’s various games, run away as fast as you can! There are far too many online casinos that have passed their gaming audits to put up with such a lack of credibility.
Even though this is a subsection of security, it might be the most important factor in this entire review. Many licensing companies require every casino in their jurisdiction to follow a strict set of laws. If they break these laws, they lose their license and all credibility in the gambling world.
This means that any site that has been blacklisted or caught stealing money from players will not have an operating license. Therefore, when we are looking for a safe site we absolutely do NOT consider any sites that are lacking a license. It is better to play it safe and choose one of the 100s of casinos available that are licensed and have a clean history.
Some examples of legitimate areas that commonly give licenses to sites that pass their tests are Costa Rica, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Kahnawake. Do not be turned off by the random and remote location of some of these places, as it is not easy to find locations with laid back gambling laws. These companies are in these areas with the sole purpose of avoiding trouble with gambling laws of the countries they are serving, not to hide from everyone after giving licenses to shady sites.
Luckily for today’s internet gamblers, we live in the age of information. To find anything you can think of, all you need to do is a simple google search. This makes it extremely tough for a criminal online casino to hide for very long.
One place we can look to see if a site is safe is the online casino reviews for that specific site. While it is true that there are many sites who give false reviews in exchange for money, there are obviously some honest ones as well. The best way to tell which review sites tell the truth is to check out some of their reviews on casinos you have either played on or already know everything about just to see if they are fully honest.
Another place where a casino must uphold its reputation is in the comments sections of various online reviews. If we see a pattern of negative comments on every review saying the same thing about not being able to withdraw funds or not being able to get ahold of customer service in a time of need, we take note immediately.
Sure, it may be true that some of these comments are fabricated by troublemakers or casino rivals, but they can’t ALL be fake complaints. Some of these, if not most of them, are written by people who were robbed and have no other recourse but to drag the name of the casino through the mud in a place where the casino’s potential future customers will see it.
When trying to find a safe online casino to gamble on, there are a ton of factors to consider. We really recommend checking out their company’s life span, their gaming license, their software audits and their internet reputation before making any decisions on whether the site is legit or not.
If you do find a site that is lacking in some of these categories, do not hesitate to throw that casino to the wayside. There are far too many online casinos that pass all of our tests to put up with mediocre ones that only pass some of them.
Q. If a casino has been around for 20 years but has no licensing, is it still safe?
A. No! In this case, the lack of license trumps the two decades of experience. There is most likely a reason why this casino had its license taken away so it probably is not safe.
Q. If a casino has been around for 20 years, has a license, but has no software audits, is it still safe?
A. Again, no! A very safe casino will have all these features at once. It doesn’t do much good if a site is reputable and licensed if the random number generator is not actually random at all.
Q. If a casino has been around for 1 month, but has a gaming license and passed their software audits, should we avoid it?
A. The answer to this all depends, but mostly the answer is no. There are certain criteria that new sites must meet to be acceptable. You can find out what our criteria is on our New Online Casinos article.
Q. If a casino has been around for 20 years, has a gaming license, passed their software audits, and have no negative reviews on the internet, are they safe?
A. Nothing is ever guaranteed in the online gambling world, but this casino seems to pass all of the basic tests that a truly safe site would pass! The odds that this site is not safe is very low in comparison to the rest of the industry.