Here are some safety tips while in the world of internet poker:
Never give out your passwords, banking numbers, or any sensitive information. An online poker room should never, ever ask you for any sensitive information regarding your account, besides during account setup.
- Only join accredited online poker rooms. With thousands of options on where to play, we can't be sure which ones are safe. The sites advertised on this site have withstood the test of time and their legitimacy has been verified by third-parties.
Do not subscribe to sites or download from sites that claim to let you cheat at online poker. Every one we've encountered so far has either been an email harvesting scam, a phishing scam, or a computer virus.
Don't transfer money to strangers.
Like the real world, there are many online "beggars" out there that'll say anything to get your money. However, online poker rooms don't offer any protection or insurance over money you give other players. If you give out money, don't expect to get it back.
Don't play if you aren't allowed!
Whether you are disallowed because of a local law or because you are of insufficient age, any money you put on an online poker room could be forfeited if you misrepresent yourself to gain access.
Make sure your computer is secure.
Since hackers can't realistically attack the actual online poker room, a better target would be your computer. Get anti-spyware and virus protection applications and make sure they're up-to-date.
Check the link in emails you receive from an online poker room.
There are many phishing scams that involve displaying one link when it actually goes to a completely different, non-secure site.
Be wary when downloading any poker room "peripheral".
Like programs that claim to track your stats or provide stats on other players. There's a chance it might not be legitimate and also there's a chance that the online poker room doesn't want errant tracking programs attached to their software, which could forfeit any money you have in the room.