Sportsbook Review reported last week that the SSL Heartbleed vulnerability rocked many online industries. The bug essentially allowed the possibility for malicious users to intercept SSL layered communications, an exploit that could put everything from server security to user passwords at risk. Online sportsbooks were among those businesses which responded quickly to patch the bug.
Users are no longer believed to be at any risk, but are advised to take the following steps to maintain a secure sportsbook account.
Use a different password at each website
It can be tempting to use the same password for everything from your Yahoo webmail to online banking to your sportsbook log-in. Resist the urge, because simply having one of your log-ins compromised puts all the others in danger. For example, if your email account that is associated with the websites you frequent is compromised, most websites will issue a password recovery to the email address on file. This may allow an intruder to access all of your accounts.
Use a strong password
The general rule of thumb is for the password to exceed 10 characters and to contain at least one uppercase letter and one number. Avoid using passwords that contain some combination of your first name and date of birth, or any word that is listed in the dictionary. There are password crackers which run through every combination of words using standard words such as what can be found in a Webster dictionary, so the more random your password is, the better.
Don't access secure websites unsecurely
In other words, not only should you not log into Chase or the Royal Bank from an internet cafe, you should not log into 5Dimes Sportsbook or Bet365 there, either. This applies to both using your smartphone or tablet in the unsecured location and especially to using a store computer. If you absolutely have to place a bet, most online sportsbooks will accept a wager over the telephone, which also eliminates the risk of your IP address in a public location potentially matching another player with a checkered past.
Secure your home internet connection
If you access the internet wirelessly, you must take certain steps to protect your network. The first is changing the default administrator password used to configure your router. Next, enable a form of network encryption such as WPA or WEP, which most of today's routers will do for you. Just as with setting your password, choose a random security key for your network name. Lastly, replace your default SSID (network name). In other words, you don't want to telegraph to the guy standing outside leeching off connections that this is Bob Smith's PC, especially if Bob Smith is known as a successful sports bettor or even of financial means.
While taking the above steps are not necessarily a guarantee that you will not be targeted by a sleazy online hacker, you vastly lower the likelihood of becoming the next victim.
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