Online Sites Protected Against Hacking
Poker as an industry has been riddled with cheats since the game began. Now, instead of a cowboy with an ace up his sleeve, it is a computer wizard with the skill to hack into user accounts that we fear the most. Just how elaborate are these hackers and more importantly – how elaborate are the security systems in place on poker websites to protect against them? Legitimate online poker sites are fully registered, fully licensed and fully insured – if a hacker penetrates a website and extracts money from your account, the website can be held responsible for reimbursing your funds.
The war on hackers is not officially waged by poker sites, they simply fortify their service with the latest defensive technology just in case. The sporadic attacks from hackers for hire are often fended off but for the more sophisticated criminal groups – online poker is as susceptible as any other organisation. This is no reason to avoid the joys of online poker. Unless you are a real high-roller, the chance of a hacker targeting your account is extremely low – if they even get passed the defenses in the first place.
It is the same for any online service which requests your card details, in fact – because the major poker sites regularly prepare their defences against potential hacking, they are likely to be much safer than an independent online store. Again, this isn’t to say that hackers have free reign to enter whichever site they want and steal our money – they don’t. The high profile hackers may be capable of infiltrating online poker but these guys seem to disrupt services simply because they can – not to steal innocent (and low amounts of) money.
The safety net comes in the form of the provider’s insurance. Online poker is one of the most popular innovations of the st century and the introduction of D sites has catalyzed that popularity. Compensating for money loss through hacked accounts is the duty of the website – for the instances that involve in-game cheating, these can be countered by the users themselves. Avoiding Cheaters… The world of internet poker is rife with stories of bad beats – beats that can only be comprehended by blaming it on cheating.