IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) recovery

Background: 

The recovery procedure explained in this article is required in case:

A) You have reinstalled the IBKR Mobile app on the same smartphone
B) Your smartphone Operating System has been updated

 

Procedure:

In order to re-enable IB Key authentication via IBKR Mobile, please click on one of the below links, according to your smartphone Operating System

 

Apple iOS

  1. Launch the IBKR Mobile app. Whenever possible, the app will ask you to recover the setup. Tap Yes
  2. According to your phone hardware capabilities, you will be prompted to provide the security element originally used to secure the app (Fingerprint, Face ID, PIN). Please follow the on-screen instructions for this step
  3. If the reactivation has been successfully completed, you will see a confirmation message. Tap Done to finalize the procedure

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Android

  1. Launch the IBKR Mobile app. Whenever possible, the app will ask you to recover the setup. Tap Recover Setup
  2. Review the Recovery directions and tap Continue
  3. Enter your credentials and tap Initialize Recovery
  4. You will receive an text message (SMS)containing an Activation Token. Enter it in the Activation Code field. According to your phone operating system and hardware capabilities, you might be prompted to provide as well the security element you originally used to secure the app (PIN, Fingerprint). Once done, tap Submit
  5. If the reactivation has been successfully completed, you will see a confirmation message. Tap Done to finalize the procedure
     

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References
  • See KB2260 for general instructions on how to use IBKR Mobile Authentication
  • See KB3073 for instructions on how to migrate the IB Key / IBKR Mobile authentication to a new smartphone

Cache Maintenance for IB apps on Android

Background: 

This procedure has proved to work as a solution for several issues, since it produces a complete reset of the malfunctioning IBKR app.

 

For Android OS 6.0 (Marshmallow) and higher

1.  Go to your phone's Settings Menu

2.  Below the Phone section, select Applications MOVED TO... Application Manager
Select Applications  Application Manager
 

3.  Scroll down and select the corresponding IB app which needs to be reset.

 

4.  Tap on Storage

 

5.  Tap on Clear Data MOVED TO... OK
   
 

6.  Confirm Data has been cleared.

 

7.  Reboot the phone

8.  Re-Launch app

 

 

For Android OS 5.0 (Lollipop) and previous versions

  1. Go to your phone Settings Menu
  2. Below the Device section, select Apps
    Select Apps
     
  3. Scroll down and select the corresponding IB app which needs to be reset.
      
     
  4. Tap on Clear data MOVED TO... OK
    Clear App data  Delete app data -> OK
     
  5. Confirm Data has been cleared
    Confirm Data cleared
     
  6. Reboot Phone
  7. Re-Launch app


Note: If after clearing the cache, manually adjusting the permissions and restarting your Android Device, the issue persists, please contact IB Customer Service  for further troubleshooting.


Related Articles:

  • For IB Key on Android overview refer to KB2277
  • For IB Key Recovery process on Android refer to KB2748

 

Information and procedures related to Security Devices

 

Table of Contents

 

 

IB Key authentication via IBKR Mobile

 

  • General information about IBKR Mobile Authentication: KB2879, KB2260
  • How to operate your IB Key on an Apple iPhone: KB2278
  • How to operate your IB Key on an Android smartphone: KB2277
  • How to log in to IBKR Mobile when IB Key is enabled on another phone: KB3279
  • How to migrate the IB Key / IBKR Mobile authentication to a new smartphone: KB3073
  • IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) recovery: KB2748
 
 

Digital Security Card+ (DSC+)

 
  • How to operate your DSC+:  KB2634
  • How to change the PIN code of a DSC+: KB1018
  • How to share the Security Login Device between two or more users: KB2481
  • How to request a Digital Security Card+ (DSC+) replacement if lost, broken or as a second device: KB1943
  • How to return a defective DSC+ to Interactive Brokers: KB975
  • How to activate the IBKR Mobile authentication to setup in addition to your DSC+: KB2260

 

   Security Code Card (SCC)

 

 
  • How to use your Security Code Card: KB1042
  • How to activate the IBKR Mobile authentication as a secure replacement to the SCC: KB2260
  • How to share the Security Login Device between two or more users: KB2481

 

 

SMS

  • How to enable and use SMS as a Two-Factor Authentication method: KB3196
  • How to activate the IBKR Mobile authentication as a reliable replacement to SMS, indepedent of wireless carrier issues: KB2260
  • How to use Voice callback for receiving login authentication codes in case of an SMS or mobile carrier outage: KB3396

 

 

Online Security Code Card

  • How to request an Online Security Code Card in case you misplace your security device: KB1873

 

 

 Temporary Code

  • How can I get a temporary replacement for my two-factor device, if misplaced or lost: KB70
  • How long will my temporary two-factor access last: KB69

 

 

 

Common procedures

  • Overview of the Secure Login System: KB1131 or ibkr.com/sls 
  • Multiple Two-Factor Authentication System (M2FS): KB2895
  • How to opt back into the Secure Login System: KB2545
  • Security considerations following SLS opt-out: KB1198
  • Are there any charges or expenses associated with the security devices? KB1861
  • How to troubleshoot Client Portal Login Failures: KB1132
  • How to troubleshoot Trading Platform Login Failures: KB1133

 

Operating your Digital Security Card+

The Digital Security Card (DSC) is a battery operated security device which generates a series of random codes to be entered along with your user name and password upon each log in attempt.  As physical possession of the DSC is required to obtain the codes and log in, the device effectively prevents hackers who may have compromised your computer or information from accessing your account.  Instructions for operating the DSC are outlined below. 

 

 

Step 1 -  When logging into your account, enter your user name and password as usual. If successful, a 6-digit Challenge Code will appear. 

Step 2 - Turn on your device by pressing the “press” button until the 'PIN>' display appears, enter the 4-digit PIN code you specified at the time you requested the device and press the “OK” button. 

Step 3 - Enter the 6-digit Challenge Code from the login screen (step A) into the device when the 'CHALLNG>' display appears, press the “OK” button and a response code will appear. 

Step 4 - Enter the 8 digits of the response code (Step C) into the login Screen. Select the Login button to proceed. 

Note that the buttons on your security cards are not touch sensitive and must to be pressed to operate.

  

Related Articles

KB1042 - Video instructions for logging in with the Secure Code Card

KB1942 - Reactivating the permanent Secure Login Device

KB1943 - Requesting a replacement Secure Login Device

KB1131  - Overview of the Secure Login System

 

How to opt back into the Secure Login System

Overview: 

Clients who have performed an opt-out from the Secure Login System (SLS) program expose themselves to certain risks and are therefore subject to certain restrictions (e.g. ability to trade Pink Sheet and OTCBB stocks). Considering this, along with the protection benefits afforded through a complete SLS protection, you may decide to opt back into the Secure Login System.  The following article provides the step-by-step instructions for accomplishing this.

Background: 

Please notice that in order to modify the security settings for an account, the primary user needs to login to the Client Portal. In case your user is not allowed to change the security settings, the system will show you a notice and will point you to the user which has such rights.

In order to opt back into the Secure Login System, please proceed as follows:

1. Open your browser and go to the web page ibkr.com.

2. Click on Log In > Portal Login
 
3. Enter your credentials and complete the authentication using your security device
 
4. In the left side menu, click on Settings > User Settings. Then, within the Security box, click the Configure "gear" icon next to Secure Login System1
 
5. You will see a box titled "Secure Login Settings". Within that box, click on the Configure "gear" icon. This will take you to the settings for Secure Login not required for trading.
 
6. Select the radio button next to "I want to always use my Secure Login Device when logging in" and click on Continue
 
7. You will receive a confirmation that your settings have been updated. Click on OK to finalize the procedure

 

Notes

1. If you are using the Classic version of the Client Portal, click on the top menu Manage Account, then Security >Secure Login System > SLS Opt Out. There select the radio button to Opt Back In on the line correspondent to your user.

 

References
  • See KB1131 for an overview of the Secure Login System
  • See KB1943 for instructions on requesting a replacement Digital Security Card+
  • See KB2636 for information and procedures related to Security Devices
  • See KB2481 for instructions about sharing the Security Login Device between two or more users
  • See KB975 for instructions on how to return your security device to IBKR
  • See KB2260 for instructions on activating the IB Key authentication via IBKR Mobile
  • See KB2895 for information about Multiple 2Factor System (M2FS)
  • See KB1861 for information about charges or expenses associated with the security devices
  • See KB69 for information about Temporary passcode validity

 

How to share a security device

Overview: 

IBKR allows individuals to maintain multiple user names within a single account or across distinct accounts under their control.  Individuals who do not wish to maintain multiple physical security devices may elect to consolidate and share a single device across their users. The prerequisites and the procedure for sharing devices are outlined below.

Note: Clients using the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) should not use the present device sharing procedure, since the IB Key allows multiple users to be enabled directly from the IBKR Mobile app itself (menu item: Authenticate -> Add user). 
 
Background: 

Prerequisites

The possibility of sharing a physical security device will be granted only if ALL the conditions below are respected:

a) The participant users belong either to the same entity or to different entities but with the same identification data (Date of Birth, Citizenship, Country of Legal Residence, Identification Document type and number or Social Security Number for US Citizens and residents). 

b) The participant users do NOT have a temporary security device (Temporary Code, Online Security Code Card) currently assigned to them.

c) The physical device offering the highest level of protection has to be shared. In case all the devices offer the same level of protection, whichever of them can be eligible. You can check the security level of your device in the table below:

Security level

Device name

Device image

Highest Digital Security Card+ (DSC+)
Lowest Security Code Card (SLS card)
 
 

Procedure:

1. Among the possible candidates, identify the device offering the highest level of protection and the user that device belongs to. We will call that user the device owner

2. Log in to your Client Portal page with the requesting user (NOT the device owner)

3. Click on Menu icon in the top-left then select Settings and then User Settings
 
 4. Click on the wheel (Settings) close to Secure Login System
 
5a. In case your user does not have any active device, the system will display the SLS enrollment menu. Select the item "I already have access to a Secure Login Device under a different username" and click on Continue
 
5b. In any other case, the system will display the device list. Click on Share Device to proceed further
 
6. Enter the credentials of the device owner you identified at point 1. and click on Continue.

 
7. According to the SLS Device about to be shared, the system will display a security element (either Challenge Code or Index Numbers). Operate the SLS Device and, using the security element provided by the system, generate a response code. Enter the response code in the correspondent field and click on Continue.
 
8. Once you have reviewed the correctness of the information entered, click on Continue.

 
9. The system will display the status of your request (see note a. for details). Click OK to finalize the procedure.

 

NOTES:

a. In the vast majority of cases your sharing request will be automatically and immediately approved, processed and enforced. In case the approval of our Compliance department is needed, your request will stay in a pending status until this step has been cleared.

b. Once the device sharing request has been processed, you could keep the redundant device/s in a safe place. In the future you might decide to cancel the device sharing and reactivate those devices instead. If you do not feel the need to store them, you can send them (only DSC+) back to us following the instructions contained on this page:
 

c. Here below you can see the most common error messages and their causes:

- Less secure device: This error is returned if you set up the less secure token as the one to be shared. Please identify the most secure device and share that one.

- Different identification information:
This error is returned if the identification data of the entities/individuals involved in the sharing does not match. If the users belong to different entities/individuals, please notice that the token sharing will NOT be possible by design.
If the users belong in fact to the same entity/individual, the mismatch could be due, for example, to an outdated identification document on record. In this case, you can contact our Client services to have the data rectified.

 

 References:
  • Overview of the Secure Login System: KB1131 or ibkr.com/sls 
  • Multiple Two-Factor Authentication System (M2FS): KB2895
  • How to share the Security Login Device between two or more users: KB2481
  • How to opt back into the Secure Login System: KB2545
  • Security considerations following SLS opt-out: KB1198
  • Are there any charges or expenses associated with the security devices? KB1861
  • How to troubleshoot Client Portal Login Failures: KB1132
  • How to troubleshoot Trading Platform Login Failures: KB1133

 

IBKR Mobile Authentication Overview - iOS

Overview: 

This page covers specific points of installing and using IBKR Mobile for Authentication purposes and usign the IB Key protocol on iOS devices.  For general questions on IBKR Mobile Authentication, please refer to KB2260.

 

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Requirements

  • Must be installed on an iOS device with Touch ID (fingerprint reader) or Face ID (facial recognition).
  • Device's software version must be iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Device must have either Touch ID, Face ID or Passcode enabled. Touch ID or Face ID is the recommended choice. Refer to Set up Touch ID or Set up Face ID for directions.
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Installation

You can download IBKR Mobile app on your iPhone directly from the App Store

Get the IB Key from the Apple Store

How to download IBKR Mobile from the App Store:

  1. On your iPhone tap on the App Store App Store icon icon.
  2. Click on the Search icon (magnifying glass) in the lower right corner, then click in the search bar at the top, type IBKR Mobile then click Search.
  3. Look for IBKR Mobile from Interactive Brokers LLC, tap on GET to the right, then tap INSTALL
    (if prompted, enter your Apple ID password or provide your fingerprint.)
  4. Once the installation has completed, tap on Open to launch the IBKR Mobile app.
        

 

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Activation

Once the app is installed on your device you will need to activate it for the username you would like to enroll. This operation happens entirely on your phone, requires Internet access and the ability to receive SMS (text message).

  1. On your phone, open the IBKR Mobile app:

1.a. If you're opening IBKR Mobile for the first time since its installation, you will receive a message asking your consent for IBKR notifications (Figure 1.), tap Allow and proceed with step 2.

1.b. If when opening IBKR Mobile you land on the login screen, tap Services on the top left (Figure 2.) and proceed with step 2.

1.c. If when opening IBKR Mobile you land on your Home Page, Portfolio, Watchlists, or similar, tap More on the bottom-right (Figure 3.). Then tap Services on the top left (Figure 4.) and proceed with step 2.

Figure 1.                                                      Figure 2.
    

Figure 3.                                                      Figure 4.

    

2. Tap Register Two-Factor, review instructions then click Continue.

    

3. Enter your Account Username and Password then tap Continue.

        

4. The default mobile phone number on record for your account will be already selected. If you are not able to receive text messages (SMS) on that number, you should choose a different one from the list (if applicable) or add a new one. To add a new mobile phone number, tap Add Phone number, enter the new number1 and corresponding Country.  Once you have selected your preferred mobile number from the list or added the new mobile number, tap Get Activation SMS.

5. An SMS message will be sent with an Activation Token. Enter the token in the Activation Code field. Then tap Activate.
       

6. According to your phone hardware capabilities, you might be prompted to provide or define the security element used to secure the app (Fingerprint, Face ID or PIN2). Please provide the requested security element.
     

7. If the activation has been successful, you will see a confirmation screen. Tap Done to finalize the procedure
 

Once the IBKR Mobile authentication has been activated, you can close the app. Refer to Operation with Touch ID or Operation with Face ID below on how to use IBKR Mobile for authentication.

Notes:

  1. You must enter your phone number without your country's trunk prefix and only enter numbers without any spacing or special characters.
  2. The recovery PIN will be used to enable additional users or re-enable IBKR Mobile if it has been uninstalled. It must be at least 4 and up to 6 characters (letters, numbers and special characters allowed). Refer to KB2269 for additional guidelines.

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Operation with Touch ID

Once activated, operation of IBKR Mobile Authentication using Touch ID is as follows:


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not have Internet access while operating IBKR Mobile Authentication, please refer to the section "What if I don't receive the notification?"


  1. Enter your username and password into the trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If correct, a notification will be sent to your iPhone.
    Two Factor Authentication Prompt
     
  2. On your iPhone, check your notifications panel and select the IBKR Mobile app notification.
     
     
  3. Selecting the notification will launch the IBKR Mobile app. On your iPhone, place your finger that was registered for Touch ID on the Home Button. If the Touch ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter the Passcode.
         

  4. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.
    Login proceeds after authentication 

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Operation with Face ID

Once activated, operation of IBKR Mobile Authentication using Face ID is as follows:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not have Internet access while operating IBKR Mobile Authentication, please refer to the section "What if I don't receive the notification?"

  1. Enter your username and password into the trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If correct, a notification will be sent to your iPhone.
    Two Factor Authentication Prompt
     
  2. On your iPhone, check your notification menu and select the IBKR Mobile app notification.
     
     
  3. Selecting the notification will launch the IBKR Mobile app. On your iPhone, look at the screen to authenticate via Face ID. If Face ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter the Passcode.
            

  4. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.
    Login proceeds after authentication 

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What if I don't receive the notification?

If notifications are disabled, no internet access is available or if you have a poor, unstable connection it is possible the notification may not arrive. In these cases operation of IBKR Mobile Authentication is as follows: 

  1. Click the link Click here if you do not receive the notification.

     
  2. This will generate challenge code and box to enter response.    
  3. Launch IBKR Mobile on your Smartphone, then select Authenticate.  Type the Challenge number into the corresponding box.
        
  4. If you use Touch ID, place your finger that was registered on the Home Button. If the Touch ID has not been activated, IBKR Mobile will prompt you to enter the Passcode. A response string will be generated. If you use Face ID, skip this step and go to the next one.
        
  5. If you use Face ID, look at the screen to authenticate via Face ID. If Face ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter the Passcode. A response string will be generated.
        
  6. Enter the response from your iPhone into the log in screen and click OK
  7. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.
    Login Proceeds

 

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References:
  • See KB2748 for instructions on how to recover IBKR Mobile Authentication.
  • See KB3234 for troubleshooting missing IBKR Mobile notifications
  • See KB2745 for instructions on how to clear the cache for the IBKR Mobile app.

 

IBKR Mobile Authentication Overview - Android

Overview: 

This page covers specific points of installing IBKR Mobile and using the IBKR Mobile Authentication for authentication purposes and using the IB Key protocol on Android devices.  For general questions on the IBKR Mobile Authentication, please refer to KB2260.

 

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Requirements

  • Must be installed on an Android Phone that has not been rooted.
  • Device's Android Version must be 6.0 or later.

 

Installation

You can download the IBKR Mobile app on your smartphone directly from;
Google Play Store, 360 Mobile Assistant or Baidu Mobile Assistant.

Get the IB Key from the Google Play store          Download IB Key from 360 Mobile Assistance          Download IB Key from Baidu Mobile Assistant
 

How to install IBKR Mobile from the Google Play Store:

  1. On your Android phone tap on the Play Store Google Play Store App icon app.
  2. Tap on the search bar at the top, type IBKR Mobile then tap Search.
  3. Locate the app IBKR Mobile from Interactive Brokers Group, then select it.
  4. Tap on Install to the right.
  5. Once the installation completes, tap on Open to launch the IBKR Mobile app.

     Search for IB Key on Google Play Store   Install IB Key on Google Play Store

 

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Activation

Once the app has been installed on your device you will need to activate it for the username you would like to enroll. This operation happens entirely on your phone, requires Internet access and the ability to receive SMS (text message).

1. On your phone open the IBKR Mobile app:

1.a. If you're opening IBKR Mobile for the first time since its installation, proceed to step 2.

1.b. If when opening IBKR Mobile you land on the login screen, tap Services on the top left (Figure 1.) and proceed with step 2.

1.c. If when opening IBKR Mobile you land on your Home Page, Portfolio, Watchlists, or similar, tap the Menu icon on the top-left (Figure 2.). Then tap Services at the top next to the account number (Figure 3.) and proceed with step 2.

Figure 1.                                                    Figure 2.                                                    Figure 3.

   

2. Tap Register Two-Factor, review instructions and then tap Continue.
 
 

3. Enter your IBKR Account Username and Password then tap Continue.

 

4. The default mobile phone number on record for your account will be already selected. If you are not able to receive text messages (SMS) on that number, you should choose a different one from the list (if applicable) or add a new one. To add a new mobile phone number, tap Add Phone Number, enter the new number1 and corresponding Country.  Once you have selected your preferred mobile number from the list or added the new mobile number, tap Get Activation Code


5. An SMS message will be sent with an Activation Token. Enter the token in the Activation Code field, create a PIN2 then tap Activate.
   
 

6. You will receive a message with the outcome of the operation. Tap Done to finalize the procedure.
 

Once IB Key Authentication via IBKR Mobile has been activated, you can close the app. Refer to Operation instructions below on how to use the IBKR Mobile for authentication.

 

Notes: 

  1. You must enter your phone number without your country's trunk prefix and only enter numbers without any spacing or special characters.
  2. The PIN must be at least 4 and up to 6 characters (letters, numbers and special characters allowed). Refer to KB2269 for additional guidelines.
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Operation

Once activated, you can use the IBKR Mobile to authenticate your login attempt as follows:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not have Internet access while operating the IBKR Mobile, please refer to the section "What if I do not receive the notification?"

  1. Enter your IBKR Account credentials into your trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If your credentials have been accepted, a notification will be sent to your phone.
    Two Factor Authentication Prompt
  2. On your phone, swipe down from the top and check your notification drawer. Tap on the IBKR Mobile notification. If you have not received the notification, please refer to KB3234.
    IB Key Push Notification prompt on Android Phone 
  3. The IBKR Mobile app will open, prompting you for your fingerprint or your PIN, according to the hardware capabilities of your phone. Please provide the requested security element.
     
     
  4. If the authentication has succeeded, the trading platform or Client Portal login process will automatically move ahead to the next phases.
    IB Key authenticate successful, TWS continues to login
 
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What if I do not receive the notification?

If notifications are disabled, no internet access is available or if you have a poor, unstable connection, the notifications may not reach your phone. In these cases the seamless authentication may not be available but you can still use the manual Challenge/Response authentication method as described below: 

  1. On your trading platform or Client Portal login screen, click the link "Click here if you do not receive the notification".
    Click here if you do not receive the notification
  2. Challenge code will be displayed on the screen.
    TWS Two Factor Challenge/Response
     
  3. Launch the IBKR Mobile app on your Smartphone, select Authenticate (if necessary), enter your PIN and the Challenge code you obtained in the previous step. Tap Generate Passcode.
     
     
  4. Response String will be displayed.

     
  5. Enter the Response String into your trading platform or Client Portal login screen. Then click OK.
    Manually enter response string and click OK
     
  6. If the authentication has succeeded, the trading platform or Client Portal login process will automatically move ahead to the next phases.
    IB Key authenticate successful, TWS continues to login

 

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References:
  • See KB2748 for instructions on how to recover IBKR Mobile Authentication.
  • See KB3234 for troubleshooting missing IBKR Mobile notifications
  • See KB2745 for instructions on how to clear the cache for the IBKR Mobile app.
 

 

How to request a Digital Security Card+ (DSC+) replacement

Overview: 

The below steps are required in order to:

  • Replace a Digital Security Card+ which has been lost, stolen or has become inoperable
  • Request a Digital Security Card+ alongside your current security device (if you are a new or existing Client with equity above $500,000, or equivalent)
Background: 

1. Notify IBKR Client Services- Contact IBKR Client Services to obtain a temporary account access. This service can only be provided via telephone and requires the identity of the account holder to be verified, as detailed in KB70.

2. Obtain an Online Security Code Card - Activate an Online Security Code Card, which offers enhanced protection and full Client Portal functionality for an extended period of 21 days. Please consult KB1873 should you need guidance for this specific step.

3. Request the DSC+ replacement - Once you have completed the Online Security Code Card activation, please remain in the Secure Login System section of the Client Portal and order your replacement DSC.

 

Request a DSC+

1. Click on the button Request Physical Device.

2. The shipping address will be shown in the device information screen. If your address is outdated or invalid, you can amend it by clicking on Change Address and following the on-screen instructions. If you do not need to update your address, please proceed to step 3.

3. Enter a four-digit Soft PIN1 for your DSC+. Please make sure to remember the PIN you are typing since it will be necessary to activate and to operate your device. When applicable and desired, you may change the account on which the 20 USD deposit will be kept on hold2.  Complete this step by clicking on Continue.

4. The system will show you a summary of your selection. Please make sure the information displayed is correct. Should you need to perform changes, click on the white Back button under the information field (not your browser back button), otherwise submit the request by clicking on Continue.

5. You will receive a final confirmation containing the estimated shipment date3. Click on Ok to finalize the procedure.

Notes

1. For PIN guidelines, please consult KB2269.

2. The Security token and the shipment are both free of charge. Nevertheless, when you order your device, we will freeze a small amount of your funds (20 USD).  If your device is lost, intentionally damaged, stolen or if you close your account without returning it to IBKR, we will use that amount as a compensation for the loss of the hardware. In any other case, the hold will be released once your device has been returned to IBKR. More details on KB1861.

3. For security reasons, the replacement device is set to auto-activate within three weeks from the shipment date. IBKR will notify you when the auto-activation is approaching and when it is imminent.

 

References
  • See KB1131 for an overview of the Secure Login System
  • See KB2636 for information and procedures related to Security Devices
  • See KB2481 for instructions about sharing the Security Login Device between two or more users
  • See KB2545 for instructions on how to opt back in to the Secure Login System
  • See KB975 for instructions on how to return your security device to IBKR
  • See KB2260 for instructions on activating the IB Key authentication via IBKR Mobile
  • See KB2895 for information about Multiple 2Factor System (M2FS)
  • See KB1861 for information about charges or expenses associated with the security devices
  • See KB69 for information about Temporary passcode validity

 

Security considerations following SLS opt out

Overview: 

Account holders who have elected to opt out of IBKR's Secure Login System (SLS) effectively relinquish the protections afforded by Two-Factor Authentication. They are strongly encouraged to utilize alternative security measures, with one of those being the IP Restrictions. By selecting this setting through Client Portal, you're telling Interactive Brokers that you only want access to your trading platforms from a specified IP address. In addition, should you have multiple authorized traders for a given account, these restrictions can be set at the individual trader level by the master user of the account. 

 

Preliminary checklist:

Before setting up the IP Restrictions, you will need to:

  • Know your WAN IP Address. That is the IP address exposed on the external (Internet) side of your network and it is different from your local IP address (called as well LAN IP address). If you trade from a company office, you can ask your IT or Networking department for the WAN IP address of your computer. If you connect to the Internet through a private broadband/cable/satellite connection you can get this information from your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
  • Make sure that your IP address is static. This means your IP address will always remain the same, and will not change upon router/modem reboot or after a certain time period. The same entities which provided you with the WAN IP address, can as well clarify whether it is a static or dynamic one.
  • Be aware that IP Restrictions are not effective immediately. Our systems apply the filters during their daily overnight restart. It can take up to 24 hours until they are active, depending on the time you submit your IP Restrictions request. The same applies when you modify or remove existing IP Restrictions. Please be sure to consider this when you are planning your course of action.
  • The IP Restrictions will be applied to ALL Trading Platforms offered by IBKR. It will not affect Client Portal access, which will remain accessible from any IP address.

Note:

Please take note that the technical ability to misrepresent one's IP address exists, and full account protection is only ensured by using SLS Two-Factor Authentication (ibkr.com/sls).

If you have any questions on the topic, please feel free to contact IBKR's Technical Assistance Center.

How to set the IP Restrictions:

  1. Login to Client Portal and click the menu icon in the top-left corner.
  2. From the left side menu, click on Settings, then on User Settings. Then click on the wheel (configure) icon next to IP Restrictions.
  3. You will see a brief description of the effects of IP Restrictions. To set up a new IP Restriction, click on Add IP Restriction.
  4. Select the Trader from the drop-down list and enter the IP Address (in the format xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) you want to allow for him. Then click on Continue.
  5. If you logged into Client Portal without using the Two-Factor Authentication, you will now receive an email1 containing a Confirmation Number. Enter it in the Confirmation Number field. Once done, click on Continue to submit the request. If you logged in to the Client Portal using a security device, please proceed directly to point 6.
  6. If the operation completed successfully, you will see a confirmation screen. Click OK.
  7. The system will now list your active IP Address restrictions. Should you want to create an additional one, click again on Add IP Restriction, otherwise navigate away from this section

 

Opt-out and IP Restrictions for Penny Stocks traders:

Clients who have elected to perform an opt-out, thus using the Two-Factor Authentication only for the Client Portal, must activate the IP Restrictions in order to be able to activate Penny Stocks Trading Permissions.


Additional best practices for securing your computer and your network

  • When logging into the TWS, activate the checkbox “Use SSL” on the login screen. SSL (Secure Socket Layer) guarantees that all the information exchanged between your computer and our servers is protected using 128-bit encryption.
  • Use a firewall to prevent unauthorized access to the services exposed by your network or/and computer. During the firewall set-up, please make sure you authorize the host/ports listed in section DESKTOP TWS of KB2816.
  • Use antivirus software to identify and eliminate viruses which might have infected your computer.  As new viruses are constantly being created, you need to update the threats database of your antivirus software regularly.
  • Use anti-malware software to detect and remove spyware/malware programs which can collect various types of personal information, monitor your browsing activity and interfere with the control of your computer. Nowadays many antivirus solutions include a built-in anti-malware protection.
  • Refrain from using wireless connections (Wi-fi) which are public, unsecured or not operated by you. If the use of a unsecured network (e.g. public Wi-Fi hotspot) becomes necessary, do not log into any financial institution account you may have, including your IBKR account.

 

Notes:
1. If you have not received the email, please make sure it did not land in the Spam/Junk folder of your mailbox and possibly add the email addresses donotreply@interactivebrokers.com and help@interactivebrokers.com to the trusted senders list. You can then request a new email to be sent to you with the button Resend Confirmation Number.

 

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