I've found an app to play Mega Moolah: Should I use it?
There is no doubt that mobile phones and tablets have made aspects of our life much easier. It is now possible to be online instantly from anywhere.
The internet has also facilitated a massive surge in interest in online gaming and in particular online casino gaming. While the poker boom in the 2000s saw interest in the online card game surge, online casino gaming has been steadily growing in popularity pretty much since the early days of the Internet, when the very first casino site, powered by Microgaming, first came to be.
Back then of course, we used our desktops and laptops mainly to get online as mobile technology was still very much in its infancy, but fast forward just 20 years or so and it is now at the forefront of how we live our lives. As every aspect of our online life has gone more mobile, so has how we access our favourite casino games.
Chief among all the different types of casino games remains the slot game. Popular games, such as Mega Moolah, Thunderstruck II, Game of Thrones and Immortal Romance can attract millions of plays over the course of a year from thousands of players. And the Mega Moolah phenomenon is a great case in point in how people's attitudes to playing the game have changed over the years.
The Mega Moolah mobile story
Initially released in 2005, Mega Moolah was one of the first progressive jackpot slots available online that offered a massive cash prize; guaranteed. With a minimum seed amount of 1 million in British Pounds, Euros, or US, Canadian and New Zealand Dollars, even a small win on the slot would guarantee a life-changing moment for the lucky player.
In 2005, mobile technology was starting to just take hold across the globe and as the years wore on, it became apparent that casino players habits were changing. With improved wireless connection, faster download speeds and more data able to be transferred, people were now using their mobile devices for more and more tasks that had been performed on a desktop or laptop.
Slot gaming was one such thing and recognising how the market was changing, Microgaming released an HTML5 mobile compatible version of Mega Moolah in 2012. This mobile version shared the exact same prize pool as the standard version and meant that regardless of how you played the game, that big million-plus jackpot could be yours.
The first Mega Moolah jackpot winner on mobile claimed their prize on May 2012 and from then on, mobile winners have dominated the list of lucky Mega Moolah jackpot winners, accounting for almost double the number of wins players have landed via instant play or downloaded casino client software.
Now of course, as a hugely popular game that attracts many players every day, it is unsurprising that many casinos want to offer Mega Moolah to their customers. However, also due to its popularity, the game has also become a target for those with less beneficent intentions. Chiefly, and this brings us round to the title of this article, in the form of "Mega Moolah apps" being available to download.
Mega Moolah and apps
Now if you access Mega Moolah from a reputable site, such as casinos that are on MegaMoolah.com, or a reliable other third-party host, then you can be sure that the data that you submit to these organisations will be secured and respected and not used in any way that would anger or upset you, or worse still, cause you financial issues.
However, given how popular the game is, allied to how easy it is to cobble a quick app together, Mega Moolah has also been on the radar of those whose intentions are more dubious.
Over the years, a number of apps have sprung up around the world that pertain to offer "instant access to Mega Moolah". You download these apps in good faith, assuming perhaps that this is an officially sanctioned app from Microgaming, and you will feel vindicated in doing so as once you have entered your details and registered with the app thinking that you can indeed play Mega Moolah from it.
However, what you will not realise is that there is no Mega Moolah app and there is a very simple reason for this. You don't need an app to play the game on your mobile. You can simply visit the game via your browser and play it directly from there, without having to download any app at all. How that is possible is thanks to HTML5, which is the latest evolution of the standard that defines HTML (the standardized system for tagging text files to achieve font, colour, graphic, and hyperlink effects on World Wide Web pages).
So, what are these apps that keep on appearing? Well, the likely answer to this is that they are simply a way for unscrupulous people to harvest your details to sell on to third parties, who will then likely bombard you with spam, or worse.
When you use these apps, you will likely give them permission to access your details on your phone, such as photos, contacts etc.
Once this information has been harvested, the app then simply offers you the chance to play Mega Moolah as if you had logged into the game via a browser without loading the app up in the first place. Essentially, these apps have the potential to be security issues, they are not necessary on any mobile device to play Mega Moolah and many of them are simply scams.
How can the apps be allowed to be available to the public? Well, they are only available in the Google Play Store. Apple's App Store is much more strict as to what kind of apps are allowed, hence there are no "Mega Moolah apps" in the App Store.
So if you are in the Play Store and see a Mega Moolah app offering you access to the game, remember simply that you don't need it and that it will not be an official app. Access the game securely instead through a browser for instant play through your chosen casino and you can be sure to play Mega Moolah from your mobile as safely and securely as possible.
Tip to stay safe - check the permissions you are giving to apps on your mobile.
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