If you have been practising your skills at online gaming and building your confidence when playing, the time has probably come for you to deposit some money into an online gaming account and try your luck. The first question you may ask yourself before you do may be, ‘is this safe?’
With so many online hacking stories in the news, and the many different methods scammers have in their arsenal to steal your banking or credit details, it is wise to take a closer look at the methods used to deposit money in online gaming sites and how safe your money is when it is there.
Here in this article, we are going to take a deep dive into depositing money into online gaming sites and the steps you can take to protect your money and your personal information.
Check your connections
Online security begins at home. Before you start making any deposits, you should ensure that your laptop or PC, or mobile phone, is fully updated and has all the latest security patches. This is the simplest way for your data to be compromised, and not just your online gaming accounts, but also any other online account you regularly use.
When you are accessing a site that allows you to make a deposit in an online gaming account, you should ensure that the closed padlock icon is visible in your web browser’s address bar or wherever this icon may be displayed on your browser. This indicates that you have a secure connection to the website you are accessing and the site you are visiting has a valid security certification. Your data will be protected when this icon is shown.
Choose a sensible deposit method
A great way to give you extra peace of mind when depositing money into an online gaming account is to use a deposit method that adds an extra layer of security. Payment methods like PayPal can give you a way to raise a complaint if something goes wrong, and quickly cancel a payment if it looks suspicious. PayPal can also be used on an app on your phone which uses your phone’s in-built security measures, such as a fingerprint scanner, to help verify that it is you accessing the information and making the payment, or withdrawal, and not someone else.
Beware of phishing scams
Online scammers are adept at using ‘phishing’ scams to dupe account holders into sharing their sensitive information. This method of attack typically uses emails to try to tempt an internet user into entering their information on a website that looks a lot like the one they are used to, but is in fact fake. When you first begin depositing money into an online gaming site, you may receive emails that look like they are from your chosen online gaming venue, but beware – they may be a part of a phishing scam.
Always check the address they were sent from; they will probably seem strange and unlike the addresses you have received emails from previously. Don’t click any links in the email either. It is better to open your web browser and log in to your online gaming site as normal and look for a corresponding message there. This will help you to protect your sensitive banking and deposit information from online thieves.
Depositing money into online gaming sites is safe as long as you take some steps to protect yourself, your computer, and your personal information.