Meta: Security and safety are a top priority for consumers, and they should be. Find out more about why it is so important here.
It does not matter what type of websites you might frequent or the places you could visit, your safety and security will always be top priorities for yourself. You need to make sure that you are always putting these two factors first so that you can keep yourself as safe as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why these are so important.
We generate a huge amount of data. Everything from our viewing habits on a streaming platform to our choices at the supermarket or even how often we take a quick browse on social media all generates a colossal amount of data that describes who we are. At the core of this is factual data that needs to be protected. This might be something like our real names (if you are on a site that uses usernames), our addresses, and financial information like our bank account numbers.
In the wrong hands, this information could be incredibly dangerous. We need to rely on the brands we interact with to protect the data we give them. Even with a trusted company things can sometimes go awry, as demonstrated by some of the massive data breaches we have seen thus far – but we often cannot afford to assume that every site is going to run into issues such as these.
If a brand is able to demonstrate that they offer a safe and secure website, they are more likely to be able to attract customers. Simple things like having the latest encryption for customer data and a valid SSL certificate are all considered to be standard now, and consumers should not be interacting with any brands without them.
Your security and safety should be a top concern to you, and this means that you should try to avoid some of the so-called life hacks or tips that occasionally circle the internet. They are often unfounded and seem too good to be true. Following them could land you in some trouble that would have been avoided if you had not acted.
For example, there are many rumours out there about casinos, and how to cheat slot machines is the question that is often asked. People are used to seeing films and TV shows where characters do manage to do so. However, this is a work of fiction. In reality, you cannot cheat a slot machine. The people who create them know every trick in the book, and trying out so-called techniques to get past a game’s win mechanics is only going to result in the player losing money.
This is a very specific example, but it is one of just many out there. There are very few viable “get rich quick” schemes, and if you see a company offering one then you need to think about it critically. Make your own safety and security a priority, and don’t fall into the traps laid out by others.
One also has to contend with the unknown factors of the world. We actually have access to very little information. Buildings we enter might have massive areas that we can’t get in. A website we could visit will have a backend that the average visitor should never be able to see. There is a whole world of information beyond what we are able to see, and with that can come some grey areas.
For example, governments and regulatory bodies work hard to ensure that there are legislations and protocols in place to protect us. A great example of this can actually be found in the casino industry again, with the UK Gambling Commission ensuring that British players should only be able to access sites that they deem safe to play at.
If a customer was to try to play at another site that was not regulated by the UKGC, they could run into issues and have no protection to fall back on. There is a chance that this site they have gone to could even be nothing more than a dummy for scammers to use. Regulations from bodies such as the UKGC should not be considered to be hindrances to consumers – they are there for a reason and should not be avoided. As a consumer, you always need to know what your rights are and what you need to do to ensure that you are looked after properly.
Personal security and safety must be a top priority for all consumers, especially if they are going to be exploring the digital space. This is an area that everyone should be more aware of as online markets continue to grow. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that they stay safe online no matter where they go.