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Once your account is approved and funded, IB will mail you a Secure Login Device at the address you specified in your application. You will need to use this device anytime you log in to TWS or Account Management. This added level of security helps to ensure that your IB account information remains secure. Please note that your device must be activated before you can use it.
You have 14 days from the day we mail you your IB Security Device to activate the device in Account Management. After 14 days, you are required to use the device to log into Account Management and Trader Workstation. If you receive the device before 14 days, you can access Account Management and Trader Workstation without using the device until you activate it or until 14 days have passed. Once you activate the device, you must use it to log into Account Management and TWS.
If you use a smartphone, you can also choose to use IB Key via IBKR Mobile, our digital security device. For more information, see our Users' Guide.
To activate your Secure Login Device
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