Siegfried Spies, the CEO of LOTTO Hamburg is an enthusiastic supporter of the new technology, saying “With the Lotto Internet Stick, we fully comply with the legal requirements stipulated in the new German treaty on gambling (“Glücksspielstaatsvertrag”). From the beginning, we were impressed with the ease of use of G&D’s Internet Smart Card, which requires no expert computer knowledge of any kind. At the same time, the Internet Stick also allows us to provide a crucial security component for our system.”
Age of Majority and youth protection has always been a high priority for Canadian lotteries, however, with an online system, how do you prove that the virtual player is of legal age?
The stick includes a lottery identification process using local requirements to prove a player has reached the age of majority and is a resident of the participating online portal.
Identification and authentication form the basis for the high youth protection standards of Internet services. Players just insert the card or stick into their computer’s USB port and enter their PIN number.
The Lotto Internet Stick is fully compliant with German stringent age of majority requirements set by the German Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM).
How It Works
Internet sticks can be distributed at participating lottery retail locations or purchased online. Players prove that they are of age by going to a lottery outlet once and presenting a valid ID document to purchase their Internet Lotto stick. The required PIN/password to use the stick is forwarded to them via email.
After that, players only need to insert the token into a USB port on their computer and enter their PIN. The PC is automatically configured to read the product. From that point on a player has secure access to the online service. The stick acts as a security proxy and it works with all standard browsers. No additional hardware, middleware or client software is required.
The Internet Smart Card is the player’s personal tool which can be carried at all times to protect the player’s personal identity in the World Wide Web and is flexible enough that it can be used on almost all devices with Internet access.
In addition, the Internet Stick can provide further functions – e.g. secure user login for other web portals, so-called closed user groups, or online gaming, and enables secure access to company networks. This means avoiding any expensive VPN set up.
Since the login data is only saved on the Internet Stick, the data never leaves the card, and is never processed or used by other software on the user’s PC. Another important feature is protecting players’ information from falling into the hands of identity thieves or hackers. The stick protects against phishing, pharming, password sniffing, spoofing, Keyboard Logging, malware attacks, Trojan horses or other computer attacks.
An added security feature is an encryption between the cardholder and the internet provider. This means the Lotto Stick prevents users from being linked to websites outside of the official gaming site and protects their information from outside hacking sources.
This new and innovative product has additional capabilities outside of lottery purchases. This card can offer secure login for online gaming. The data never leaves the card and is never processed by other software, making this an extremely secure way to login online.
Just insert your G&D Internet Lotto Stick into any available USB port and you are on your way to safe, secure and convenient online gaming.