PokerStars has been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to enhancing security for its players, being the first to implement the RSA Security Tokens. The purpose of these tokens was to deliver an additional security mechanism besides the traditional password, which could be hacked by cyber criminals. The only downside of the tokens is that players are requested to enter the six digit key every time they log in to their account, which can be a nuisance.
On the other hand, the benefits of enhanced security are self-evident and millions of accounts were beyond the reach of hackers due to this measure. Following the success of the RSA Security Token, PokerStars announces a new release aimed at ensuring that player’s accounts stay safe. There are innumerable online threats and the SMS Validation system should address most of them, as the new security feature will prevent hackers from gaining unauthorised access.
There are no additional charges and PokerStars promises to keep the service free, which makes it a win-win situation for both existing and prospective members. The new system will be implemented in several stages until it will be launched globally and players from every country will get the chance to put it to good use. Those who were concerned about the fact that they might be required to download an additional application and install it themselves can wave their worries goodbye.
The SMS Validation system will be delivered through the latest PokerStars software update, which means that players don’t have to do anything more than log in to their accounts. The next step is to activate the service and from that point onward it will diligently work towards making the gaming experience safer. In the unlikely event that potentially harmful actions or irregularities are detected, the SMS text message will kick in and inform the account owner.
He will be presented with a brief message about the nature of the threat and in order to regain control of the account, they will have to reset their account password. Meanwhile, all real money transactions will be suspended and players will be unable to sit down at cash game tables or buy into sit and goes and tournaments. The purpose is to prevent unauthorised users from causing any damage by stealing money from the account or losing it at poker tables.
Things return to normal as soon as the real owner of the account enters the code number provided by PokerStars via SMS. The security system promises to be straightforward and easy to use by both beginners and experienced users, making it a worthy addition to PokerStars software.