Online poker provider PokerStars.com is offering its players what it describes as "…a unique solution for protecting their accounts" in the form of a miniaturised electronic memory device that is small enough to fit onto a key ring.
 
The RSA Security Token works by displaying a six-digit number that changes every minute and forms part of a new and more secure log-in process by requiring anyone accessing an account to have the token physically with them. The technology is already used in many corporate, government and military installations but PokerStars is the first gaming site in the world to offer its members such enhanced security. Pokerstars
 
The device will be especially effective against key loggers or other fraudsters that may come into possession of a player's access details.
 
A PokerStars spokesperson said: "Helping players protect their accounts is a top priority for PokerStars and we are always looking at ways to improve security. The RSA token provides a super-strong defence against unauthorised access by upgrading account security to a ‘two factor authentication' process – the player's unique password plus the unique number generated by the token. It's a cutting edge security solution that enables us to provide players with unrivalled security and peace of mind."
 
RSA, which developed the tool, is one of the largest and most trusted security companies in the world providing expert security solutions to many leading companies. Players can purchase the token at cost price via the PokerStars online VIP store.
 
The RSA token is the latest in a series of measures introduced by PokerStars to increase security for its players. Account holders can also take advantage of a new PokerStars PIN service. The PIN is a six digit number that is issued by PokerStars and is used in conjunction with a player's normal password. Once a PokerStars PIN is set for an account, individuals are required to enter the PIN by clicking an on-screen keypad. The numbers change position each time a player logs in, helping to prevent key loggers from recording where a player clicks and what buttons are pressed.