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PROTECTION FOR ONLINE POKER PLAYERS
Online poker security is very NFL Picks much front-of-mind with players following the recent laptop tampering scandal during EPT Barcelona tournament (see previous InfoPowa reports), and that perhaps presents a good opportunity to launch a player-focused protection product.
The online poker information site Pokerfuse is about to seize that opportunity, collaborating with software engineering and network security consulting firm SeNet International in an open source project designed to increase player protection.
Branded PokerShield, the result of the partnership will be made available free of charge to players as a "....complete bootable computer operating system that can be run from a CD, flash drive or installed on your computers hard drive."
The software is designed to protect players from the dangers of social engineering attacks, phishing, keyloggers, hole card viewers and other attempts to compromise the security of the online player, and is locked down to mitigate the risk of malicious software being installed on players computers.
Gus Fritschie, chief technology officer of SeNet International, says that the new product is based on a custom hardened and secure Linux Ubuntu operating system which hosts two Windows virtual machines: One is secured and locked down with its only intended purpose being to play online poker; the other allows players unrestricted access to the internet.
Any attacks made against the unrestricted VM - or even the host computer - will not compromise the security of the poker-playing section of PokerShield, he claims.
PokerShield is still in development, but readers can famailiarise themselves with it, and sign up for updates, at Poker Shield.com.
MORE NEVADA ONLINE POKER LICENCE APPLICANTS TO BE HEARD (Update)
The next applications for online poker licenses in Nevada will be initially be scrutinised March 6 and 7 by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and will involve well-established land and internet companies Treasure Island Casino and 888 Holdings.
Treasure Island wants to offer intrastate online poker on the 888 poker platform, and hopes that following initial approval by the NGCB it will be awarded a licence by the Nevada Gaming Commission at its meeting on March 21.
888's other US online poker partner, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, already has a Nevada online poker licence and is well advanced in preparing a WSOP-branded site for the advent of internet poker in the Silver State (see previous InfoPowa reports).
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