If you're anything like us, you'll have a bunch of mobile casino games installed on your phone. But have you ever wondered what might happen if your mobile-money-machine ever got into the wrong hands? In this article we'll tell you what the risks are and what you can do to protect yourself.

The mobile device has changed hugely over the last 5 years, becoming more powerful and capable of more. Just 10 years ago, who ever would've thought we'd be gambling for real money on our phones? No one, I bet. They've become so powerful and ubiquitious now that they'll soon be used to make payments for everyday things with your mobile, like your groceries.

The Flipside

The flipside of this extra power and convenience is that the mobile device has become a liability. Not only do we rely on it a lot, there are consequences to losing it. If you're a mobile casino player, you're going to have real-money mobile casino games on your phone. If your phone was stolen, it's possible that the theif would open these games. Now, the damage they could do depends on what games you have, what banking methods they provide, and how secure their banking system is.

Varying Security

Some casinos are very secure. For example, they ask you to provide your credit card's security number before making a deposit. In this instance, a theif would be unable to deposit using your card unless they also had your card in their possession. In terms of withdrawing money, cash only be given to you or your bank account. If a would-be theif tried to change it to their own name, they'd be asked a lot of questions by a more security-conscious casino. Some casinos however aren't as secure. If a casino offers SMS deposits, it's easy for the theif to deposit as much as he likes (though some casinos are capped at £30 per day). Some casinos also don't ask you for credit card pins — although by UK law they should.

In the event of a loss

If you lose your phone, it's important that you notify not only your network but also your mobile casino providers. Most casinos have a 24/7 hotline and will change the password on your account straight away. As long as you do that, you're completely safe.

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