At Free-spins.org we are committed to ensuring Canada’s online casino fans can play safely online for maximum enjoyment. No matter what casino you choose to play at you should expect your experience to be safe at the very least. With the online casino market growing and Canada’s relaxed views on gambling, there are ever-increasing casino games and gambling opportunities available to Canadians. With more on the way as 5G heads our way and improves connectivity and aids further casino innovation.
The combination of the internet and casinos has given rise to the occasional horror story and scaremongering about the legitimacy of online casinos. For anyone who is hesitant about playing casino games online the good news is that online casinos are heavily regulated.
For players new to the online casino world and for the already initiated, there are factors that you are right to think that you should check before creating a casino account. You want to walk away from your game knowing that your win will be safe until you are ready to withdraw it and that your personal details are safe. You would expect this in any big city casino in Ontario, Quebec or British Columbia so you should expect the same from online casinos too.
The gambling industry as a whole has become increasingly aware of the need to protect players’ well being and as a result, openly encourages players to be aware of the risks. We live in an age of social responsibility where businesses are rightly expected to play their part as well as communities and governments. Casinos are no different.
Any online casino can attract players, but how many are concerned with their health? Even if you do not consider yourself to be at risk, always look for an online casino that actively supports gambling addiction awareness and offers details of support organizations for its players to easily access.
Gambling organizations to look out for include Gamblers Anonymous, ProblemGambling.ca, the Canada Safety Council and The Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline provides information about Problem Gambling Services In Ontario, funded by the Government of Ontario.
Never hand over your personal or financial details unless you have checked and verified the safety of a casino site. There are standard steps that legitimate and secure online casinos will take that you should be sure they have before playing. We have outlined these standard steps below.
Europe may have just brought in GDPR for its member states but in Canada, we were nearly 20 years ahead of the pack with our Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) in 2000. That said, as many online casinos are often regulated by European Governments you might hear GDPR and PIPEDA referred to on their sites interchangeably. The principles are largely the same and so a business or site that has a data policy inline with either is on the right track for protecting your personal data. Also look for sites like LeoVegas that use SSL connections for all information exchanges, meaning that all data is encrypted and can only be read by the intended recipient. To check this, look at the website address in the address bar. Before ‘www’ an encrypted site will have a padlock icon and the letters HTTPS:// rather than HTTP://. If you can’t see either, copy the address and paste into notepad or a similar app where you will see the address in full.
This is an absolute must for any web user looking to exchange money online for any reason, especially when financial transactions are potentially large like your winnings! Your own caution is the first step towards online safety if something doesn’t feel right then don’t trust it until you are more certain.
Your financial security in part relies on the method of the transaction too. Only use payment methods that you recognize and trust. Most Casinos will offer more than one deposit payment option. Generation VIP Canada for example accepts payments from Visa, MasterCard, Trustly, Skrill, Neteller, Paysafecard, PayPal, ecoPayz, Euteller, and Zimpler. All of which should have their own security measures in place for your protection also.
As with your personal data, a site that is hosted on certified, secure (HTTPS) servers is better for your financial transactions too. This means that all user data is encrypted. Sites going the extra mile will have invested in additional security, like casino site Royal Panda who use and extended validation (EV) SSL certificate for extra security. An EV is provided by online security companies, in the case of Royal Panda, the certification comes from Comodo. Other providers include Norton Secured, Thawte, Rapid SSL, McAfee, and TRUSTe. If a casino website has extra validation, the logo of the provider will be available in the footer of the website and details will be available in the FAQ section.
Knowing what software a casino uses is important for players as it can tell you a lot about the security and fairness of a game or casino. You don’t have to be particularly tech-savvy to verify the reputation of a Casino’s software. To check if a software type is reputable, you only need to look up reviews from trusted software and gaming experts to judge for yourself. Casino Twin Canada uses Quickfire, Genii, Pragmatic Play, Red Tiger Gaming, GiG Games, Microgaming, NetEnt, Evolution Gaming, Play’n GO, GreenTube, Quickspin, Yggdrasil Gaming, Thunderkick, Push Gaming. All of which have their own site where you can read about their games, clients and products.
Any casino that you choose to play on absolutely has to be licenced and regulated. Most of the best Canadian Casinos are hosted offshore and therefore licensed by regulatory authorities like Malta, the UK and Gibraltar. These details must be prominently displayed on the online casino website, usually in the footer.
To get a licence the online casino operator is tested to ensure it complies with certain regulations and that it is a valid and fair casino. As there are strict policies around privacy and financial compliance to uphold, a casino license is a vital checkpoint for your own safe play.
Any online casino can say it is fair but how do you verify that? Simply put, a casino should be able to back up their claim of fairness with transparent payout information. 888 Canada for example gives you access to their monthly Casino Pay-out Percentage so you can see the numbers for yourself. If you are new to casinos, this might all be new to you. So, simply put a payout is the amount players gamble vs the amount a casino or game pays out. When you look at this over time, you should be able to see that the payouts were fair and that they are not swayed in favour of either side of the house. For extra transparency, look for sites that have an extra layer of transparency by way of an independent verifier like eCogra.
The most important thing you can know about an online casino that has put effort and investment, and occasionally bespoke innovation, into the security of players’ information is that this is a casino that cares about its players. A casino, when we get down to the nuts and bolts of it, is a business. Without customers to serve a business will not be successful. So, in order to be successful, a business must take care of is customers. Protect them and keep them and their details safe from harm.
There is a considerable investment involved with encrypting data and supplying safe payment methods. A business, or in this case casino, willing to make that investment is investing in the safety of its players.
Emily Thornton boasts a degree in Digital Media from the University of Bristol, accompanied by an obsession for the online casino world. Over the past six years, she's combined her tech-savvy skills with a flair for writing, producing in-depth reviews and slots analyses for various casino platforms. A frequent contributor to free-spins.org, Emily's articles are grounded in research, ensuring readers gain trusted insights into the dynamic world of online gaming.