When we think of all the amazing technology we have access to today, particularly those that involve the internet, all of the glory tends to go towards the creators of those tools; Steve Jobs, founder of Macintosh, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google, all come to mind. For online blackjack players, Bodog founder Calvin Ayre draws much of the credit. But in reality, we should be praising the cyber-security crews who work non-stop to make sure our personal and financial information is locked up tight.
Security breaches by hackers and virus programmers are the number one problem facing computer, laptop and mobile device users to date. If it weren’t for the cyber police who constantly monitor the backend operations of financially-based websites, from eCommerce destinations like eBay and Amazon, to internet payment processors and government-run banking facilities, there wouldn’t be nearly so many online blackjack players confidentially pursuing their favorite pastime over the World Wide Web.
Studies have proven time again that online gambling isn’t nearly as popular as it could be. One of the most resounding logics repeated by land-based casino goers who do not use internet gaming websites is that they simply don’t trust them to keep their sensitive information secure.
Case in point; the “heartbleed” bug. In April of 2014, the month-old heartbleed bug was uncovered by cyber security, defined as “a vulnerability in OpenSSL [that] could allow a remote attacker to expose sensitive data”. The heartbleed vulnerability gave capable hackers access to secret keys, usernames, passwords and other sensitive information from any application that used OpenSSL version 1.0.1 to 1.0.1f, which encompassed an estimated 800,000 popular TLS-enabled websites.
Once uncovered, cyber security went straight to work helping to progress a patch for the vulnerability, and by May 20, 2014, reports indicated that 98.5% of those sites had been fortified against the bug, all thanks to the quick response of unheralded security surveyors. Once more, though, the credit went to the developers of the bug fixes, namely Dr. Stephen N. Henson, the lone full-time developer of the open-source community.
Yes, Dr. Henson worked quickly to fix the vulnerability, issuing the first patch on April 7, but let’s not forget it was the same developers of OpenSSL that were responsible for leaving such a gaping hole in the source code to begin with. Cyber security officials like Errata Security, who played a key role in the detection, patching and broadcasting of the problem, went virtually unmentioned in the multitude of media publications that ensued.
It may seem strange to say it, but we actually have heartbleed to thank for the strength of today’s security measures, now considered tighter and more impenetrable than ever before. Online blackjack players can log into their favorite website, make deposits, cashout winnings and ‘hit or stand’ to their heart’s content, all because the superior intellect of these behind-the-scenes workers, silently doing their jobs round the clock.
On a global scale, not every online blackjack website is going to be 100% secure, 100% of the time. The extensive history of the internet has taught us that. The one thing players need to understand is how to weed out the hazardous gaming sites from the trusted ones. The number one way to do that is to make sure they are regulated by an authoritative body, such as the UK Gambling Commission, Gibraltar, Isle of Man or the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. Regulators such as these enforce strict guidelines that must be followed, and the security of an online blackjack website’s clientele is paramount on that list.