We like to keep you abreast of any changes in the structure of online bingo, and so this week we'd like to draw your attention to an important date for all player diaries. The 3rd August is a date of note since this is the date when another layer of security for owners of Maestro and Switch cards comes online. This means that while you are further protected from the increasingly ingenious fraud scams on line that you will have to register your card with the scheme before this date in order to keep making deposits to your favourite online bingo site.
Three really is the lucky number
The new technology is called 3D Secure and represents three domains' worth of security for every site that uses it, which basically means your card will go through three checks before any payment is authorised. Once your card is enrolled in the 3D Secure system, you'll be asked to verify a password or secret phrase every time you make a purchase or deposit some money into your online bingo account. This helps the site you are buying from to overcome the problem of the card holder not being present and helps their inbuilt security to determine if yours is a genuine purchase. This system obviously benefits both parties giving peace of mind to each.
Just don't forget it!
Acting as your online PIN number, once your password is registered, the chances of your account being open to fraud are dramatically reduced since your details are no longer enough to make a purchase, in fact not even your actual card in the wrong hands will mean access to your account.
So if you have either of these cards, it's advisable to register your card with this system before next week for ease of future transactions. In order to do this you will have to contact the cards' issuer or wait until after the cut off date and register as part of the process of depositing. This will of course save you time after the one off enrolment form, so getting ready for the change over is an excellent means of not missing out on a big game while you make up a convincing and unforgettable password! Sites such as 888 Ladies are sending out emails to the players this change is most relevant to, so watch your inbox for more details if you own one of these cards.