In this guide, the aim is to break down why HTTPS and SSL are so important when it comes to playing casino games online. As you are no doubt already aware, the internet is not only a resource for entertainment, it is also the perfect place for cybercriminals to make money and this is exactly why the HTTP protocol was upgraded so it could use SSL encryption.
Therefore, this guide has been set up using an FAQ-style format and should answer all the questions you have in regards to ‘HTTPS’ versus ‘standard HTTP’ connections.
Key points to take note of from this guide:
- Only connect to online casinos that use HTTPS
- HTTP websites do not encrypt the data sent to/from your connection
- Your data need to travel through multiple devices to reach its destination
- Some devices log your data packets
- Encrypted data packets are useless to cyber hackers
When you are choosing an online casino to play at, or if you are interacting with any e-commerce website for that matter, you should only sign up if the website has HTTPS (not HTTP) at the beginning of its website address (URL).
Key Point: It must have an ‘S’ on the end of the HTTP which is exactly what mBit Casino has in front of its URLs:
With HTTPS is implemented, this means that the website is using secure encrypted tunnels to send your data between itself and your computer. The encryption used today is so advanced that it is virtually impossible for cyber attackers to penetrate. This is why online casinos, banks, FOREX exchanges, crypto exchanges and wallets, and e-comm site all use HTTPS on today’s modern World Wide Web.
How Does HTTPS Protect Me?
The main reason HTTPS is in place is for those that log on and share personal information on a website as well as carry financial transactions. If you share information, type in a username and password, or transact with a ‘standard HTTP’ website, the information you are sending across the internet is unencrypted.
When you connect to a website, the data packets need to travel through several channels. Some of these servers log the content being passed through. However, if that data is encrypted using 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption via an HTTPS connection, even if it is logged on one of the servers or router the data is passed through, it would be virtually impossible for a hacker to decipher it.
Why Are Non-HTTPS Sites Not Recommended?
For obvious reasons sending your credit card details or name/address to a ‘standard HTTP’ website is similar to walking down a busy city street while leaving your wallet full of $100 bills halfway out your back pocket. You are asking for trouble!
While your unencrypted data may make it through to the intended destination undetected, there are only a certain number of times you will get away with doing this before a cyber thief comes across your data and exploits it.
This is also a big reason as to why VPNs have become so popular as of late, but that is a whole new subject. For now, let’s stick to HTTPS!
3 things you never do on a non-HTTPS website:
- Never make payments using credit cards or eWallets
- Never share your real name or address
- Never use your common username and password
Should Every Website I Visit Use HTTPS?
Now all that has been said so far doesn’t mean every website you visit must use HTTPS. Reading a news website or a simple business page that uses a non-HTTPS URL is not going to put you at risk so long as you will not be sharing information or logging onto the site.
If you do need to log on to a non-HTTPS website for whatever reason you may have, do not use your regular username or password you would use for something like – let’s say PayPal. It is highly likely professional cyber thieves will already be targeting these websites to see just what information they can pry from them.
However, and to reiterate, never sign up and make payments to a website that is not using HTTPS. Doing so will only open the doors to a world of problems.
Be Aware of Expired HTTPS Certificates
One critical point that you need to be aware of is that some websites will give you an HTTPS URL on paper. Yet, when you type in the URL with HTTPS in front of the website address it diverts to a ‘standard HTTP’ address.
Most browsers will warn you if this happens, but sometimes they don’t, and this is where you could get caught out.
How do You identify Your Online Casino Connection is Encrypted?
This is quite easy. There are two quick ways to check and one has already been mentioned using the ‘Key Point’ above which is to check that the web address begins with HTTPS in front of the URL.
Another sure-fire way to check that an online is using an encrypted connection is to check your browser when the website is open. There will be a small padlock icon or a larger green coloured icon used to indicate that this website is using ‘Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)’ encryption.