Once again our newspaper headlines are full of reports and warnings about computer security following the latest attack on worldwide computer systems. This time the initial evidence appears to suggest that it was the vulnerability of the old windows XP operating system which caused most of the problems, but whatever the truth it nevertheless serves to reinforce the need for all of us to be vigilant whenever we are using our computers at work or at home. The internet has undoubtedly become part of our everyday lives, and most of us use it to make our lives easier in one way or another. Even government departments are starting to assume that most of us have access to the internet and are leading us towards communicating with them through their websites as much as possible. Many of us now do a lot of our shopping online and even do our banking online because the convenience of using the internet rather than needing to go to our nearest bank branch seems to outweigh the risks for most of us. Statistically of course that assumption is probably true for the majority of us, but it is still our responsibility to take as many precautions as we can to protect ourselves particularly when we are carrying out any financial transactions online. Clearly banking online in particular requires that we take special care to ensure that our passwords are both suitable and secure, but even shopping online carries a degree of risk because we are providing personal details to the web site operators. The same applies of course to playing casino games at an online casino. We need to open an account and transfer money into that account before we can even start to enjoy playing the casino games for real. Here at onlinecasino.ie we do our best to check out every new online casino which comes on stream with regard to their financial and data security systems, even before we start to look at the casino games they are offering and we have no reason to suppose that any of the online casinos on our recommended list pose a risk of any sort. Nevertheless there are still precautions we can all take to protect ourselves as much as possible. It is also true to say that when it comes to choosing which of the many deposit options we can use to fund playing our casino games, we can also save money by making the right choice. All the online casinos on our recommended list offer a wide range of deposit options designed to suit as many people as possible, but not only are some of these deposit options more financially secure than others, some will also cost you money in charges. For many excellent reasons most of us will automatically reach for a credit card when buying goods or services online, particularly if we are not familiar with the site, but when it comes to making deposits into an online casino account a credit card is never the best option. Quite apart from the moral issue of whether it is ever right to gamble with borrowed money, which is of course what you would be doing if you used accredit card as a deposit option, the banks will also apply a surcharge of up to 2% on any credit card transaction involving gambling. A credit card transaction of this sort is also considered to be a cash transaction and will therefore attract interest from day one at credit card rates. Winning money when playing casino games is difficult enough because of the house edge built into every game, so it surely makes no sense to incur unnecessary additional cost even before you have placed a bet. Put your credit card away and use one of the other deposit options to fund playing your favourite games.
Of all the online casino deposit options available at our best online casinos, one would have to choose the option to use cash. In Ireland both Paddy Power and Ladbrokes offer their customers the option to manage their online casino accounts using cash over the counter at any of their high street betting shops. Clearly in terms of personal security and cost there is no better option, but for many of us access to one of their betting shops is not easy or convenient, and this option is not available at every online casino we may wish to use. Some would argue that using a debit card as an online casino deposit option is just as good as using cash, but although there has to be sufficient funds in your account for a debit card to be accepted, some banks will even apply a surcharge to a debit card transaction if it involves gambling. Again incurring such charges is totally unnecessary because there are better options.
One of the best online casino deposit options is to open an e-wallet account and use that account to fund your online casino account. The most popular and probably best known e-wallet is Pay Pal, but there are others such as Neteller which are also accepted at most online casinos. An e-wallet is effectively a separate bank account which can be used for a wide range of online transactions from shopping to funding playing casino games. Your financial security is much improved because the online casino does not have access to your main current account details, and equally important for many of us in terms of our privacy is the fact that your bank does not know what you are using your e-wallet account for. How you choose to fund your e-wallet account is also entirely up to you, as is the amount of money you choose to hold in that account. There are other online casino deposit options which provide similar advantages in terms of financial security and privacy, including pre-loaded cards such as Paysafe or Ucash, both of which are accepted as a deposit option by most of the online casinos available in Ireland.