Poker account security
Recently I recieved an Unsuccessful Login Alert from FTP that showed me someone had tried to login to my account twelve times since I had last logged in. This prompted me to change my password to something a bit harder to crack and send an email to full tilt asking whether there was anything I could do to make my account safer. I got a great response from full tilt support with some great ways to protect my account. I didn't know these even existed so I thought I would share them with everyone as security should be the first thing on our minds when there are large sums of money involved.
You should be using your email address to login rather than your Username. This way if someone sees you win a big chunk of cash, or playing high stakes they can't use your username to try logging into your account.
To do this Log in to Full tilt, click security from the top menu and select Login preferences. Check Login with email address.
We all know that these should be as secure as possible but anything more than a word and a couple of numbers becomes impossible to memrose right? There are programs out there that can do all the memorising for you. I use one called Keepass password safe. You can create a new password in seconds, make it as long and as strong as you want (eg. here is a 25 digit password that I have made randomly from the program - zZCrsFtU68SjIMkemXULwgODn), and you can even get the program to type your username and password for you so it only takes two seconds to login.
Once you have typed your username and password you can have an additional pin that you need to input before you get access to your account. Full tilt does this in the form of three cards. You will recieve three cards in an email and when you want to login you need to click on the three cards in order. Here is a screen shot to help you understand.
To do this, login to your account, click security from the top menu then select additional authentication. You will get a screen with additional security, select the Login with pin option and follow the instructions.
A security key is a device or a program on your mobile phone that generates a new 6 digit code every 30 seconds.To use this method you must first purchase a security key or the application for your mobile from the full tilt store. Once you have done this and registered it with full tilt you must input the six digit code after entering your username and password to access your account.
More info about this can be found here - http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/login-with-security-key/faq
Pokerstars equivilant - http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/room/features/security/token/
Check your login history
If you ever think something is out of the ordinary you can bring up a login history page showing the time, ip address, country, whether it was a successful attempt and if it wasn't it will tell you why (invelid password, invalid pin etc)
To do this open your full tilt account, click security in the top menu and click Check my login history. This will bring up a page in your browser.