Your guide to gambling with a VPN
As part of our mission to keep gamblers apprised of Mega Moolah and special deals related to the game, we are always on the lookout for ways to facilitate our visitors to find ways to play the game.
We have discovered on our online travels that we don't necessarily have access to every online casino out there. Due to certain laws and restrictions, there are plenty of online casino sites that are geo-locked.
Geo-locking is a way of restricting access to a website based on the physical location of the visitor. So for example, you have a casino account and are traveling but can't access the Mega Moolah because the casino site has detected that you are visiting from a restricted region.
There's an easy workaround, which is called a VPN.
'VPN' is an acronym that stands for 'virtual private network'. By connecting to the internet through a VPN, online gamblers can gain access to their casino accounts when travelling.
The very insecure internet
The place to begin our guide gambling with a VPN is with a discussion of the internet itself. Did you know that the internet is a very insecure place? Few environments on earth are as open and free as the internet.
Things are so open and free that your internet service provider (ISP) can easily track all your online activity. Just by matching your IP address with the addresses of those sites you visit, your provider can create an accurate map of all the sites you visited in a single session, when you visited them, how long you spent on each one, etc.
When travelling most people will connect to any available Wifi network. These networks can be insecure as well. A VPN will make your connection secure.
Let's say you are a UK resident on holiday in France. At the end of the evening, you decide to sit down, have a drink, relax and play a few spins on the Mega Moolah's massive jackpot. You discover you cannot log on to that same online casino you have been using for years. Why? Because you are logged on to an internet provider with a France-based IP address. An IP address is a unique string of numbers that identifies each computer using the 'Internet Protocol' to access the network.
So the online casino may look up your IP address before giving you access. Even though you are a British citizen, you may not be able to enter the site as long as your IP address comes back as being from a restricted jurisdiction. It's possible the casino site will allow you to login just fine, but some won't. But if you have a VPN, you can change your IP location to a UK one and to the casino site appear to be playing from the UK - problem solved.
VPNs are what make it possible for people to get around IP restrictions against online gambling. A VPN counteracts efforts to geo-lock websites via restricting certain IP addresses.
How a VPN works
A VPN is essentially a proxy network capable of masking the origin of network traffic. It will be a lot easier to understand if we dissect the term, so let's do so:
- Virtual - The VPN environment is not a physical, hardware-based environment. It is a virtual environment created by software running on a server.
- Private - A VPN is private in the sense that it masks the identities of all network participants.
- Network - A VPN is a network inasmuch as it connects multiple computers through a single server.
Dissecting the term should make it a bit clearer as to what we are talking about here. A VPN is really a computer network that acts as a stepping stone to the larger network that is the internet. When you connect to a VPN, you are connecting to a central server that becomes your secure gateway to the internet.
That gateway can be set up to report just about any IP address the owner wants it to report. Usually, IP addresses are customized to the needs of the users on the network. So, using our previous scenario, you are logging on to a VPN in order to play Mega Moolah in the UK, which would require masking your French IP address and reporting a UK address instead.
To begin your Mega Moolah session, you are connected to the internet via a VPN while the VPN is connected to the casino website. The website queries the network to learn that your IP address is being reported as a UK address. As such, you should have no problems accessing to the site.
Obtaining VPN software
Now that you know how VPNs work, let us talk about getting hooked up with one. The first thing to know is that there are plenty of VPNs to choose from.
You can obtain VPN software simply by doing a quick internet search using your favorite search engine. When you find the one you like you will be required to subscribe to the service and pay monthly, or make a lump payment to give you access to the VPN software for e.g. 12 months.
Once installed, the software is run before connecting to the internet. That software should give the user multiple choices of IP locations to use.
Connecting to the internet
Back to our example, you would first connect the the internet as normally, then load up the VPN software. You would then pick an IP location in the UK and at this time it may take a minute to connect to that location. Once connected, you would then use the internet as you normally do. The only difference is that you are on holidays in France, but your computer's location is in the UK.
Beware of some VPNs
Not all VPNs are equal. From personal experience I have used used a few and some of the most advertised VPNs that have thousands of with five-star reviews from so called "happy customers" are no good. Most likely the majority of reviews are by paid reviewers. As such it took quite some time trialling various VPN software before I found the one that is working as a VPN should work. You can read more about my experience with VPNs on our VPN page.
A few final thoughts
When choosing VPN software it is important to look for ones that do not store log files, offers 256 bit security, is available also for your mobile device, has no traffic limits, offers so-called "stealth" technology, and is easy to use.
A good VPN stops your ISP tracking your every move in its tracks. All your ISP can determine is that you have logged on to a VPN. It cannot track your traffic beyond that connection as your connection is encrypted.
A nice bonus of this anonymity is that any hackers that may be lurking in the shadows of the free Wifi you are accessing while travelling, can not sniff or intercept your traffic. They often rely on the openness and insecurity of Wifi networks to do a lot of what they do.
Gamble anytime, anywhere, on any device
VPNs offer a lot of benefits for a variety of online activities. They are so popular that some internet users will not go anywhere online if they are not connected to a VPN. As for online gamblers, a VPN allows them to gamble anytime, from anywhere.
There are no more geo-locked websites when you use a VPN with geo-relocation capabilities. There are no more worries about being tracked by your ISP. When you use a VPN, your online activities are more secure against hackers. From what we can tell, there are only upsides when using a VPN.
Please do not opt for a free VPN service. Such services are not safe. For just from £5 up to £10 per month you can purchase a proper service.
And now you know the basics of gambling using a VPN. The option is there. Continue reading more on our VPN page.
Byline: This article was published by Mega Moolah expert Henry. Media and other enquiries.