There’s an app for everything these days.
There’s an app for monitoring your health, for finding somewhere to eat and even for identifying the plants in your garden. It doesn’t matter what your niche is, where your interests lay, there is an app to accompany it.
In fact, Statista suggests there are more than 3m available on the Play Store right now, with 2.2m on the Apple Store. Amongst those, there are a fair number of iGaming apps and more that offer sports wagers. Traditionally, these are not viewed positively; the debate around wagers within sports was highlighted by The Guardian, who suggest logos for some providers appear up to 300 times per game on television. The general perception is that they’re not entirely positive, and providers have to work incredibly hard to ensure customer protection.
How do they do that? What features and safeguards are in place to help customers who wish to enjoy sports wagers or online casino features without the risk of fraud or worse? These are the protocols often put in place by providers to help keep you, their customers, safe and secure.
Paying for products or services online is always done with a fear of fraud. Usually, between you and your intended recipient is a middleman, a bank perhaps, who acts as a link in the chain. Any chain is susceptible to fraud, and the more links, the worse that is. However, there is no room for error with an industry that many frown upon, such as the sports wager and online casino industry. Almost all apps released by reputable providers are fully secured. They almost always come with state-of-the-art security features and end-to-end encryption, meaning your details are completely safe.
The key here is to ensure you use a provider that has a recognised name within the industry. An example is that of the Ladbrokes Sports app on Google Play. They are a name seen on High Streets across the country and have become a trusted app provider through their brand. If you recognise the name, the likelihood is their app is safe and secure.
One negative element of almost all apps is the constant need for login and authentication, and online gaming apps are no different. If you want to view the latest markets, but you have to go through hoops to log in, it can seem a bind, but the truth is it is a necessary evil that online providers should all exploit.
Simply having a password is not enough; how many of you use the same password for two sites or more? Almost everyone. That’s why credible providers have two-factor identification. They’ll require a password for you to log on and send a code to a mobile device as well. Sadly, that won’t help if you lose your phone; protecting that is up to you.
Sports wagers and casinos are very popular, but you must never lose sight of what they are; a hobby, not a lifestyle. These days, reputable providers offer lots of advice on how to use their services sensibly. They are accredited with different bodies to help customers understand the sensible way to enjoy the products without personal risk.
This self-awareness is vital in a market that can attract negative comments and providers work hard to ensure that personal safety and financial safety are paramount.