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Is Online Poker Really Safe?

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God I love old westerns, black and white movies with the "macho" cowboy thugs, sitting in the saloons, drinking whiskey, and of course - playing poker. This image of poker was established quite a while ago and poker was mostly played by outlaws, or so it seemed. Well this has changed, and it has changed fundamentally.

When the world was introduced to online poker (and it was more than 10 years ago), poker entered a brand new stage of its development. It has become one of the most popular games in the world in just a couple of years. Right now there are millions of people playing poker in hundreds of online poker rooms run by huge multimillion dollar corporations, to which their reliability and prestige are the most important values.

We all are playing for our hard-earned cash and I don't know about you, but I have wondered how safe my money is. And I can't pull out a six gun and shoot someone if I suspect them of cheating so the alternative is to figure out the safest way to enjoy the game I love.

After studying this topic for quite a while, I can competitively say - it is as safe as you make it. There is no fool proof method to protect you from online cheating, but being aware and taking precautions will make the difference in your online experience.

First, one needs to know about encryption algorithms poker rooms like TonyG Poker and PokerStars . Encryption algorithm is a code that online poker rooms use to protect their data user information, billing information, and personal details. They use 128-bit SSL algorithms. I do understand that may mean nothing to you, but to make it clearer and easier to grasp, for a Super Computer (like the ones NASA has) it would take several years to crack the code, and there was only one recorded successful hack on an online poker room, but it was a long time ago and on the worse encryption. Therefore, I believe that we can all relax; personal information and play is definitely safe from the player side of online poker rooms.

There is no fool proof method to protect your money in any internet transaction as well as in online poker. Here are some tips on how to avoid being scammed:

  • Never EVER give anyone your password. Poker rooms' support staff will NEVER ask for your password. They will NEVER send any emails asking for your password - actually, they don't even know it and they don't need it for anything.
  • Always use only the computers you trust (like your home computer) for your account registration.
  • Use anti-spyware software on your computer. Here you can find leading brands of trustworthy anti-spyware.
  • Do NOT play online poker on public access computers, because it is easier to track the information you type in, there are little, simple devices that might be connected to those computers and they save all the information you type in.
  • If you do not trust the online poker room, just do not play there.

To sum it up - online gambling is as safe as you make it. You can trust popular rooms like PokerStars or TonyG Poker, because they care about their costumers and they are open to US players.

I hope you've found this information to be informative and helpful in making your online poker experience even more pleasant.

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