Online casino players who prefer to remain anonymous while playing have several options to help strip away their identifying information. They range from simple to complex, but all help in ensuring your identity remains anonymous and safe from prying eyes.
The first step in keeping your identity anonymous online is by using a different email address when creating your online casino player account. There are many free e-mail providers that only take minutes to setup and begin using. Never use your personal or professional e-mail addresses if you want to remain anonymous. Casinos will normally send account creation confirmations, promotions, and other notifications to the e-mail address associated with your player account.
The second step in the online casino account creation process would be to select a display name that isn't identifiable. Be creative but remember to create an anonymous name that shields you from those you want to stay anonymous from.
The final step would be to ensure you do not use your real mailing address. This is particularly useful when you are withdrawing funds from your online casino. Because they will normally prefer issuing you a cheque to your mailing address.
If this will not work, you will need to sign up for a third-party payment provider to handle your transactions.
A good way to protect your anonymity is to use trusted third party payment providers. They essentially act as buffers between you and the online casino in terms of protecting your personal information. The payment provider you select to make deposits and withdrawals with will not share this information with the casino. They further take on the responsibility of clearing and confirming transactions for the casino.
In addition to third party payment providers, you may also use pre-paid credit or deposit cards that do not require you to provide identifiable information. Check with your preferred online casino or payment provider to see whether they will accept these cards for deposits. This allows you to keep your personal credit card information safe.
When we think of maintaining anonymity through online casinos, we often refer to identifying our name, addresses, and banking information. However, even with an anonymous account and third party payment providers, we still connect to the online casinos with our internet connection. This internet connection also identifies who you are through your IP address. Many online casino players prefer to use tools to mask or block their IP address from being identified. For most purposes however, the average player will not need to take such measures to ensure they keep their personal information safe.
The most popular way to mask your IP address is to use a Virtual Private Network or Server (VPN/VPS) in a different city or region than your own. Essentially you connect to a server or network outside of your own. When the online casino sees you connect to their servers, it will show them an IP address from the VPN or VPS you are using, instead of your personal one. For advanced users, this may be a beneficial way to stay anonymous.
Social engineering is another aspect of online gaming that may be harder to protect yourself from unless you take the appropriate precautions. Social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into saying or doing things that they otherwise might not say or do. With respect to maintaining your anonymity, this may mean divulging to another player what your real name is. Or where you live, or other identifiable information. In order to maintain complete anonymity and not fall victim to social engineering techniques, we recommend you turn all chat functions and features off. We also suggest disabling any and all e-mail or SMS notifications with your player account.
If the added security of being anonymous is important to you, please remember to always stay vigilant when being asked for personal information. Take the extra time to set yourself up properly from the beginning; you will give yourself more time long-term to enjoy the gaming (and winning!) experience at your preferred online casinos.