Is Online Bingo Safe?

Online bingo is lots of fun but how safe is it? Well, that all depends on you. In order to protect your PC and mobile devices as well as your personal information from the unwanted attention from hackers and other criminals, we highly recommend that you read this guide before you access online bingo sites. It’s important that you understand the dangers and know what precautions to take.

General Internet Security

It’s important that your home network is protected so you can play online bingo safely and securely. This means that you should have a firewall and malware protection enabled. If you’re web savvy you’ll probably have this one covered already but there’s no harm in double checking.

Public Wi-Fi hotspots aren’t as safe as you think. To minimise the risk we suggest you use a secure (https) connection when trying to connect to a bingo site. Since they take your personal details they should all have an SSL certificate anyway. Virtually all online bingo sites nowadays are https compatible, so you can rest assured that your data will be secure. Typically, a green secure icon will appear in the top left of your web browser or app.

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Site Licences

Before you hand over any personal details or deposit any money make sure you check that the site is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. This shouldn’t be difficult because all licensed bingo sites need to display their licensing information. This is usually just a clickable link at the bottom of the website that takes you to their licence details on the Gambling Commission site.

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Site Privacy & Security Policies

All reputable bingo sites have privacy and security policies which you can usually find at the bottom of each page either as part of the terms and conditions or as separate documents. These policies provide details on how they store, process and protect any personal information you supply.  It’s important to give these a read over before signing up to ensure your personal details will be kept safe. If there are poor procedures in place this could leave you open to being spammed or even worse identity theft.

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Passwords

Online bingo involves real money so protect your bingo account like you would protect your bank account – but don’t use the same password. Make sure you use a different password for every account you hold. Pick a good password that’s not easy to guess so avoid things like your mother’s maiden name, your pet’s name or ‘password’. Don’t use a password that’s the same as the answer to one of your security questions as this provides extra security and you wouldn’t get the benefit of it.

If you have a mind like a sieve you might be tempted to tick the box that says “remember me” but don’t do it if you’re playing bingo on a shared or public computer.
If you anyone contacts you claiming to be from the bingo site and asking for your password under no circumstances should you give them it. You can always get the telephone number from the bingo site and give them a call to check if it’s been a hoax or not.

The great thing about bingo sites is that you can change your password whenever you want so if you’re ever worried that your password has been compromised, change it.

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Safeguarding Your Personal Info

When you sign up to a bingo site you need to create a username and it’s important that you pick your username carefully as it will appear in chat and winning announcements. We suggest you don’t use your real name as your username and don’t give out any other personal information like that on chat because you don’t know who these people. Even if you trust the person you’re talking to you don’t know who else is lurking about the room.

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Before Depositing a Large Sum

When it comes to bonuses you might be tempted to make a large deposit to get the best value for money but before doing this there are some things you should consider. First up, make sure you check out the wagering requirements and withdrawal rules which can usually be found in the terms and conditions. Some bingo sites make you jump through hoops to get your money out and you don’t want to end up in that situation.

There’s also a good chance that your money could be earning you interest elsewhere so it would be a better idea to do that instead of your money just sitting in your bingo account doing nothing.

You also need to consider what would happen if the bingo site closes down. It might be the worst-case scenario but you never know what’s round the corner. If it’s a big brand that’s decided to close down their UK bingo operation then the chances are your funds will be either returned or transferred to another bingo site. But, if it’s only a small site that operates outside the UK you would need to take it up with the licensing authority. Nobody wants to lose money but if you do lose money would this cause you any hardship?

Unless you’re a high-roller you’re probably best to deposit small amounts of money. You may also want to look into depositing through either Paysafecard or PayPal, both of these deposit methods allow you to add money to your bingo account without forking over your credit or debit card details.

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Know Your Limits

When playing bingo it’s easy to get carried away and end up spending more than what you intended to so before you start spending any money make sure you set yourself a limit and stick to it. Some bingo sites help you do this by allowing you to set daily, weekly or monthly deposit limits which are a great way to manage your budget.

If things do get out of hand, some bingo sites even allow you to set a cooling-off period that can be anything from one day to three months.  Bingo sites usually have a link on the footer called ‘Responsible Gambling’ or ‘Responsible Gaming which takes you to the page where you can find out more about the limits they offer.

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Conclusion

Online bingo is really safe as long as you take the necessary precautions and UK bingo sites are some of the safest in the world which should give you peace of mind. At the end of the day online bingo is supposed to be fun so if you’re not having fun then it’s probably time to take a break. As long as you take adequate safety precautions, the same as you would do shopping online, your data should remain secure.