Playing Safe


One of our biggest worries when going around the internet and interacting with websites is security. Security becomes very important when sharing personal information or sending and receiving money.  For gamers who are dependent on the trustworthiness of a site, proper and transparent security will be essential for the choice of platform.

When playing online, your personal account increases in value over time. Be it action or adventure games, where your bonuses and extras that you have accumulated over time can have a substantial monetary value (except for the time and effort that you have invested). In our article about Valve’s Steam platform we pointed out how much monetary worth a simple online gaming account can have. And if you are playing for money, except for wanting your money transfers to be secure, you want to be sure that the platform you are using is trustworthy and that the numbers are right.

The Canadian casino rating site is a good example for trust building in an industry with lots of black sheep. The site doesn’t “blind” you with all kinds of flashy pictures and pop-ups promising you an easy made fortune. There is no such thing as easy money and no matter which game you play it is all about the numbers and statistics, even the games that you actively play and make decisions in have statistically calculated payout rates, you can get an idea on how it works here.

If you take a look at the above mentioned site you will notice that in addition to testing all sites and their payment methods, they pay attention to the security certificates. SSL encryption is standard and what most of us have heard of before and are familiar with,. On this site they also check the eCogra certificate, eCogra is an English based testing agency that specializes in the certification of online gaming software and systems. As an approved and independent agency it tests the software behind the sites, what a normal consumer has no chance of controlling or testing.

In addition to looking for fraudulent behavior, protecting vulnerable and underaged players and protecting customer privacy and safeguarding their information, the agency also checks for fair play by evaluating the RNG (random number generator) and RTP (return to player).

Random number generators (or, more correctly, pseudorandom number generators) are algorithms used in computing when an outcome needs to be as random as possible. A computer can’t generate completely random numbers on its own, so it uses a complex algorithm designed to get as close to random as is practically possible. This is used in action games when there is probability of something happening, like the damage after an explosion or how fatal a hit is. And in casinos, to put it short, RNGs  ensure that each and every spin is random, be it the roulette table, slot machines or shuffling the cards for a game of Blackjack.

It is clear how significant these complicated algorithms are for fair play that is way it is important that they are regularly controlled and tested by an independent third party.

Return to Player, in simple terms, is the amount of money a player can statistically expect to win. If the RTP is 90% that would mean, over a long period of time, for every $100 you play you will win $90 back. Trustworthy institutions or sites will always have their numbers publicly accessible and certified from an approved agency. Still you should be cautious sometimes games that combine different games with different RTP percentages might give the illusion of winning more often than the numbers actually imply.