Contrary to popular belief, cheating on casino sites is not an uncommon practice. Of course, most cheaters will only attempt to gain an unfair advantage over online casinos. Still, a few of them will eventually succeed. In most cases, we are talking about illegal activities involving third-party software (customized programs). Many popular websites focused on online gambling, like GoodLuckMate, often warn their readers of the unfair practices that can get them banned from these sites.
Yet, a simple warning is not enough for some people who are always looking for a way to cheat the system. Technological advancement has allowed players to develop more advanced cheating methods. Still, it has also helped online casinos to employ various options to prevent cheating. Now let’s see how these sites handle these threats.
There are two reasons why almost every established online casino today uses geolocation technology.
First, to prevent users from banned/restricted countries from registering to their websites. In many countries, online gambling is illegal, so websites are trying to prevent users from these countries from registering because they can get sued. Second, to limit users from taking advantage of their bonus offers, typically designed to be used once from a single account.
Geolocation, in terms of internet technology, is a software solution that can deduce the geographic position of a computer or mobile device connected to the World Wide Web. Thanks to geolocation, casinos can determine every user’s unique IP address, which ultimately reveals their city and country.
Players who attempt to sign up from two different email addresses but use the same IP address will be banned, effectively preventing them from exploiting bonus deals. Indeed, some players might try to mask their IP address with the help of a VPN service provider, but online casinos with the latest software will most probably recognize these VPN servers.
This is another must-have technology for casino sites looking to prevent cheating and hacking. To play for real money at online casinos, you must share sensitive financial and personal information that hackers might try to reveal. This is where encryption comes into play.
Encryption is a cryptographic process of encoding information. Instead of accessing data in plain text and exploiting revealed information, hackers and cheaters will only see scrambled data and information even if they get hold of it. This means that the data is useless, and users and the casino are protected. SSL encryption is the best way for casinos to prevent financial transactions.
Simply put, artificial intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines. AI has become a very attractive research field in the last couple of decades. It looks like many online casinos have figured out how to use this form of intelligence to protect their assets.
We’re talking about algorithms used by many gambling websites that work 24/7. They analyze the data and information, searching for suspicious activities. The good thing is that AI doesn’t take actions independently because errors are possible in this case. It simply sends reports and alerts the admins who evaluate the risk alone.
RNG (Random Number Generator)
Next on the list is RNG – Random Number Generator – an algorithm that vouches for transparency and randomness of the results in all online casino games. When this software solution was introduced, the intent was to convince players that the outcome of every casino game they play in online casinos is completely random. This was important because people were used to playing at physical machines or tables, and the software-based solutions were “suspicious.”
However, RNG is also beneficial for thwarting cheating conducted by registered casino players. If it wasn’t for this algorithm, some players would have started writing down the most frequent combinations and wagering money based on their findings. The RNG algorithm makes tracking the outcomes useless.
In theory, RNG is a program that can be hacked. Hackers need sophisticated tools to penetrate the defense and install malware affecting the results. This might be possible in games made by new providers releasing games without proper testing. Still, none of the major software suppliers will make a mistake like this.
The topic of cheating at casinos was pretty hot decades ago. Many people have unleashed their creativity to beat the house by breaking the rules. Today, the situation is different when most gambling activities occur on the Internet. It’s much more difficult to cheat at online casinos.
Operators can thank modern technology for this. With modern software solutions, an ordinary player can’t cheat gambling websites. Only experienced hackers can do this, but unlike a decade (or two) ago, casinos can take swift legal action against those who have compromised their websites regardless of their location. We have seen several cases in which the governments of different countries cooperated to punish the perpetrators these illegal activities.