This is meant as a brief overview of some basic protective measures you can take to keep your data safe and your business activities private. It is not meant to be taken as legal advice. We encourage all of our clients to stay informed regarding new virus attacks that are reported in the media as well as new regulations and technologies that are implemented or being utilized by government agencies or their corporate affiliates.
Keep in mind that “hackers” go after careless computer users and government agencies are collecting so much data from the public that it is practically useless to them unless they are targeting someone. The key to being a bookmaker in the modern age is to, as much as possible, remain anonymous and be careful with your digital footprint.
Top 10 ways to protect yourself
- Create a separate, anonymous email account that you only use for business. There are many free email services available along with some that offer encrypted email service for a fee. Do a Google search to find the one that’s right for you. The important thing is to use one that does not require you to enter any real personal information. Avoid Yahoo.com services.
- Make sure that the computer you are using to access your account has a good anti-virus program running on it. Viruses are used to infiltrate your computer and mine data. Check your anti-virus daily to make sure it is functioning correctly and run periodic full-scans on your system. For best results do not use a computer that is “shared” and never download anything that you are not 100% certain of.
- Clear your browsing history frequently or even daily. Do not “favorite” your Agent access website, it is better that you type the website name, such as www.crlines.com, every time you visit. If you use a lot of different sites to conduct business write them down in a note book.
- Keep your computer clean by using an external hard drive that can be connected to your computer and the internet when doing business and disconnected and stored separately and securely when you are finished. An external hard drive essentially acts as a 2nd, portable and detachable computer that you can plug into your regular computer. You could also use a portable PEN DRIVE USB device to store files as a protective backup measure.
- Make sure that all of your important login information, from your computer to your cell phone to your Agent Account is password protected by making sure the password needs to be typed in every time. Do not set your accounts to “auto-login” or “remember password status”. Choose 3 or 4 different passwords that you rotate with your various accounts or devices. Write your passwords down and store them in a safe location. Be creative with your passwords, hackers know the most common ones.
- All bookies need a phone. Just like email you should get a phone that can be paid for in cash with a minimal of personal information and use this exclusively for business. Some agents will change their phones periodically to maintain security.
- Do not use any form of social media, such as Facebook or Twitter to conduct business or communicate with your players.
- Do not access your Agent Account while you are logged into accounts such as Yahoo, Amazon, Facebook or Google+. These accounts are designed to track your browsing activities in order to present targeted advertising to you.
- Avoid using text messages to conduct business over your cellular phone. If you need to use text messaging keep it simple and/or vague. Develop a code that you and your players can use.
- You don’t have to be ”The Man” even if you are. Many Agents pass themselves off to their associates as being a simple “bagman” or “middle-man” who collect and pay money for someone else. This fiction can come in handy by allowing you plausible deniability to your business operations.
There are many things that a professional bookmaker can do to protect the privacy of themselves and their players. It is something that needs to be taken seriously in order to maintain a smooth running and profitable operation. Do your homework and stay informed on privacy issues from both the legal and technological sides. Consult your lawyer or review the legal code that applies to you in your area and know your rights as a sovereign citizen.