The digital gambling industry is forecasted to be worth $60 billion by 2020, up from $38 billion in 2015. And a lot of that growth is coming from mobile. Some nations, like the United States, are very restrictive with digital gambling. So a lot of that growth is primarily coming from countries like Canada, United Kingdom, China, Italy, Ireland, Australia, and India.
However, all of that revenue potential also attracts scammers and hackers. You need to be careful before gambling on your smartphone. Here are some ways that mobile gamers can ensure they have a safe and fair gambling experience when playing on their mobile devices.
Only Play Software From Reputable Gaming Brands
Don’t experiment with a brand or company that you’ve never heard of before. This tip sounds like a no-brainer, but sadly many players get duped on a daily basis. It’s good advice for all mobile gamers to do a few quick quality checks before downloading a mobile gaming app on your smartphone or signing up a mobile gambling site.
Ask around and read reviews. Most online gamblers only trust the top, fully licensed and fully compliant gaming sites. There are plenty of trusted brands to choose from. Pick a company that provides gaming apps in your country. Ask around and read reviews. Most online gamblers only trust the top, fully licensed and fully compliant gaming sites. There are plenty of trusted brands to choose from.
NERD NOTE: 5% of all adults in Great Britain gamble on a regular basis. And they learn their gambling skills young. Great Britain also has the highest percentage worldwide of players under 21.
Update Your Mobile Device Regularly
When security experts find bugs or weaknesses in software, one of the first things they suggest you do is update your mobile operating system software. After a weakness is found, a patch is typically created to block that vulnerability. Playing with the latest version of apps and operating system software is highly recommended.
Only Use Accredited Payment Methods
Have you ever hesitated before using your credit card at a business or a suspicious ATM? You should pay attention to those same suspicious feelings when making any kind of online payment. Most gambling apps will require that you place a wager or access payment points in order to play. Only trust well-known sites and payment platforms that you have heard of before. Make sure the gaming site’s payment system is accredited and verified. Also, look for the green lock icon and an https address. Legitimate sites will use SSL encrypted technology to process all payments. If something smells fishy, leave.
Play Safe And Have Fun Gambling On Your Smartphone
Living in this digital age affords us all sorts of incredible options not available to previous generations. Instant access to endless entertainment on our smartphones is just one of them. But with these new digital opportunities come new threats. Be extra vigilant with your online safety and security. And always scrutinize brands before you give them access to your credit card or bank account. Trust your gut instincts before blindly gambling on your smartphone and have fun!
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.