Función de autenticación de IBKR Mobile

 

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Introducción

La seguridad de sus activos e información personal es de la mayor importancia para IBKR. Es por esto por lo que IBKR toma todas las medidas necesarias para proteger de su cuenta en todo momento.  Uno de los componentes clave para garantizar la protección de su cuenta es el sistema de acceso seguro (SAS). Se trata de un proceso de inicio de sesión que utiliza la función de autenticación de dos factores con el fin de prevenir el acceso fraudulento a su cuenta, incluso si se dispone de su nombre de usuario y contraseña. Tras registrarse en el SAS, solo se podrá acceder a su cuenta mediante su nombre de usuario y contraseña, junto con un código aleatorio generado en un dispositivo de seguridad físico o desde una aplicación descargada en su smartphone).

Consulte el artículo KB1131 para obtener más información sobre todos los dispositivos SAS ofrecidos por IBKR, junto con el diseño técnico de cada uno de ellos correspondiente al nivel de activos mantenidos. En este artículo se ofrece una presentación general sobre IBKR Mobile, la aplicación que utiliza la función de autenticación de dos factores y que puede instalar directamente en su smartphone.

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Beneficios

La función de autenticación, denominada IB Key, está disponible a través de la aplicación IBKR Mobile. Puede utilizar esta aplicación como un dispositivo de seguridad con el fin de eliminar la necesidad de depender de un dispositivo físico separado cuando desee iniciar sesión en su cuenta IBKR. Además de la comodidad de utilizar un dispositivo de confianza y de uso diario, esta aplicación puede descargarse y activarse en minutos, cosa que elimina los retrasos asociados con el envío de los dispositivos físicos. Asimismo, los clientes que dispongan de varias cuentas con diferentes nombres de usuario podrán utilizar la misma función de autenticación de IBKR de la aplicación de IBKR Mobile. Consulte el artículo KB2879 para obtener más información sobre esta cuestión.

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Instalación, activación y operación

Esta función está disponible en dispositivos Android o iOS. Puede encontrar las instrucciones de instalación, activación y operación en los enlaces siguientes:

Android: KB2277
iOS: KB2278

NOTA: La desactivación y remplazo de los dispositivos de seguridad, incluida la aplicación IBKR Mobile , está sujeta a condiciones. Póngase en contacto con el servicio de atención al cliente para recibir asistencia al respecto. 

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Preguntas frecuentes

¿Tengo que devolver mi dispositivo físico después de activar IBKR Mobile?
No. Este dispositivo permanecerá activo y puede utilizarlo como dispositivo de repuesto. En caso de disponer de un dispositivo con un nivel de seguridad superior como, por ejemplo, el DSC+, podrá utilizarlo para retirar fondos con una cantidad límite superior. Puede encontrar más información sobre los limites de retirada de fondos en ibkr.com/sls
 
He perdido el PIN de IBKR Mobile. ¿Qué puedo hacer?
Si ha olvidado el PIN de IBKR Mobile, desinstale la aplicación de su teléfono y vuelva a instalarla. Abra la aplicación. Cuando se solicite si desea realizar el proceso de recuperación, pulse "No". Pulse la opción "Registrar autenticación de dos factores" y vuelva a pulsar "No". Siga las instrucciones que aparecerán para completar el proceso de activación.  Deberá disponer del número de teléfono móvil utilizado originalmente durante el proceso de activación de IBKR Mobile, dado que IBKR enviará un mensaje de activación a dicho número.
 
He perdido mi teléfono. ¿Qué puedo hacer?
En caso de que haya perdido su teléfono y necesite desactivar IBKR Mobile, contacte con el servicio de atención al cliente mediante uno de los números que encontrará aquí.
 
No he recibido el código de confirmación por SMS. ¿Qué puedo hacer?
Algunos países, sobre todo la India, proporcionan servicios a nivel nacional de 'No llamar' o 'No molestar' para evitar telemárquetin a números móviles. Si tiene un número de teléfono de la India o le ha solicitado expresamente a su proveedor que excluya su número de las listas públicas, es posible que deba contactar con su proveedor de conexión inalámbrica y solicitar la reconfiguración de su cuenta para poder recibir SMS de Interactive Brokers.
Los pasos necesarios variarán según el país y proveedor de servicios de telefonía móvil. Si tiene dudas sobre el servicio “No molestar”,  contacte directamente con su proveedor.
 
No he recibido las notificaciones de inicio de sesión de IBKR. ¿Qué puedo hacer?
Siga las instrucciones que figuran en el artículo KB3234.
 
¿Cuál es la cantidad máxima de dinero que puedo retirar mediante la utilización de IBKR Mobile como dispositivo de seguridad?
IBKR Mobile permite retirar un máximo de 200 000 USD al día y 600 000 USD en 5 días hábiles.
 
¿En qué tipo de cuentas puedo utilizar la función de autenticación de IB Key?
Se puede utilizar IB Key en todas las cuentas[1]
 
¿Qué requisitos debe contener el código PIN?
El código PIN puede ser alfanumérico y contener caracteres especiales. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información sobre los requisitos para crear el PIN.
 
¿Puedo instalar la aplicación en varios dispositivos al mismo tiempo?
Solo podrá mantener la sesión activa con sus credenciales en un teléfono/dispositivo a la vez. 
 
¿Mi teléfono necesita una conexión a Internet para que la aplicación funcione?
     ○ La función de autenticación de  IBKR Mobile solo requiere acceso a Internet durante el proceso de activación del usuario.
     ○  IBKR Mobile no requiere conexión a Internet para generar una contraseña.[2]
 
¿Puedo añadir más de un usuario en la misma aplicación de  IBKR Mobile?
Sí. No hay límite de usuarios adicionales en la aplicación  IBKR Mobile con el mismo PIN.
 
¿Qué versión de Android e iOS admite la aplicación IBKR Mobile ?
Requisitos del sistema:
     ○ Versión Android 5.0 o superior.
     ○ Versión iOS 11.0 o superior.

 

[1] Pueden aplicarse restricciones para algunos tipos de cuentas institucionales especializados.
[2] En caso de no disponer de conexión de datos (WiFi o móviles), IBKR Mobile no recibirá la notificación de inicio de sesión. No obstante, podrá utilizarse en el modo respuesta-desafío. Consulte los artículos KB2277 (para Android) o KB2278 (para iOS) para obtener las instrucciones de funcionamiento de la función de autenticación de la IB Key.
 

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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 and requires Internet access.

  1. On your phone open the IBKR Mobile app. If you receive a message asking your consent for IBKR notifications, tap Allow.

     
  2. Select 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 into the If the Touch ID has not been activated, IBKR Mobile 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 5.0 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 and requires Internet access.

1. On your phone open the IBKR Mobile app, tap Register Two-Factor, review instructions and then tap Continue.
 
 

2. Enter your IB Account Username and Password then tap Continue.

 

3. 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


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

5. 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 IB 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 Account Management 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 Account Management 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.
 

 

PIN Guidelines

Certain security devices used for accessing your IB account require the creation of a numeric PIN code at the point of request or activation. This PIN is intended as an additional layer of protection as it effectively prevents unauthorized individuals who may inadvertently come into possession of your device from operating it. It’s therefore important to select a PIN which you can easily remember, yet which is difficult for others to guess. Outlined below are a series of guidelines or best practices to be taken into consideration when creating your PIN:

• Do not use your own date of birth
• Do not use the date of birth of your children or any other immediate family member
• Do not use parts of your personal or business address, such as street name and number, ZIP and/or Postal Code
• Do not use any part of your Citizen ID (such as SSN or ID document number)
• Do not use phone numbers
 

IBKR Mobile Authentication

 

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Introduction

The security of your assets and personal information is of utmost concern to IBKR and we are committed to taking the steps necessary to make certain that you are protected from the moment you open your account.  A key component of protection is the Secure Login System (SLS), a login process which relies upon Two-Factor Authentication to prevent anyone from accessing or using your account, even if they know your User Name and password. Once SLS enrolled, your account can only be accessed through use of 2 security factors: 1) something you know (entry of your User Name and password combination); and 2) something you have (entry of a random code generated from a physical security device or Smartphone application).

IBKR offers a variety of SLS devices, with the technical design of each corresponding to the level of assets maintained (see KB1131). The following article provides an overview of the IBKR Mobile Authentication app, a Two-Factor security application which can be installed directly onto your Smartphone.

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Benefits

IB Key Authentication is available on your Smartphone via our IBKR Mobile app and can function as a security device, thereby eliminating the need to carry a separate physical device when logging into your IBKR account. In addition to the convenience of using a device which is trusted and routinely accessible, this app can be downloaded and activated in minutes, thereby eliminating the delays associated with the mailing of physical devices. Moreover, unlike in the case of physical devices, clients maintaining multiple accounts with distinct User Names may access IB Key all from the same IBKR Mobile app. Please refer to KB2879 for more details.

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Installation, Activation, and Operation

IBKR Authentication is currently supported on smartphones that use either Android or iOS operating system and can install IBKR Mobile. Installation, activation, and operating instructions can be found at the following links:

Android: KB2277
iOS: KB2278

PLEASE NOTE: Disabling and replacing any security device, including IBKR Mobile Authentication, is subject to conditions. Please contact Client Services for assistance in this process. 

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FAQ

Should I return my physical device after activating IBKR Mobile Authentication?
No need to return your physical device – it remains active and can be used as backup, or in the case of a higher security level device such as the DSC+, it can be used to initiate funds withdrawals with a higher limit. More on device withdrawal limits can found at: ibkr.com/sls
 
I lost my IBKR Mobile PIN. What do I do?
If you have forgotten your IBKR Mobile PIN, please uninstall and reinstall the IBKR Mobile app on your smartphone. Launch the app. When you are prompted to perform the recovery, reject by answering "No". Tap on "Register Two-Factor", reject again the recovery by answering "No". Then proceed with the activation, following the on-screen instructions. Please notice you would need to have access to the mobile phone number you originally used for the IBKR Mobile Authentication activation, since IBKR will send the Activation SMS to that number.
 
I lost my phone. What do I do?
If you have lost your phone and require that the IBKR Mobile Authentication app be disabled, please contact Client Services at one of the numbers found here.
 
I am not receiving the SMS confirmation code. What do I do?
Some countries, most notably India, provide national "Do Not Call" or "Do Not Disturb" services to prevent telemarketing to mobile numbers. If you have an Indian phone number, or have explicitly requested your phone carrier to exclude you from public lists, you might need to contact your wireless carrier, and ask them for your account to be configured appropriately in order to receive SMS messages from Interactive Brokers.
Please note that the required steps will vary by country and mobile phone provider. It is best to contact your mobile phone provider if you have any questions regarding such "Do Not Disturb" services.
 
I am not receiving the IBKR Seamless login notifications. What do I do?
Please follow the instructions on KB3234
 
How much money can I withdraw using the IBKR Mobile Authentication as a security device?
IBKR Mobile Authentication as a security device allows you to withdraw 200K USD per day and 600K USD in 5 Business Days.
 
To what accounts is the IB Key Authentication available?
IB Key Authentication is supported for all accounts[1]
 
Are there any limits on the PIN code I can use?
Your PIN can be alphanumeric and can contain special characters. Please click here for details on PIN guidelines.
 
Can I install the application on multiple devices at the same time?
Only ONE phone/device can be active at a time for use with your username. 
 
Does my phone need an Internet connection for the app to work?
     ○ IBKR Mobile Authentication requires an Internet connection ONLY during the Enable User process
     ○ IBKR Mobile Authentication does NOT require an Internet connection in order to generate a passcode[2]
 
Can I add additional users to the same IBKR Mobile Authentication app?
IBKR Mobile Authentication supports an unlimited number of additional users with the same PIN.
 
What version of Android and iOS does the IBKR Mobile Authentication support?
You need:
     ○ Android version 5.0 and higher.
     ○ iOS version 11.0 or higher.

 

[1] Restrictions for some specialized Institutional Account types may apply.
[2] Without a working data connection (WiFi or cellular), IBKR Mobile Authentication will not receive the login notification message but can still be operated in Challenge-Response mode. Refer to KB2277 (Android) or KB2278 (iOS) for detailed instructions on how to use IB Key Authentication in both available modes.
 

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Como pedir un dispositivo de seguridad de reemplazo

Le rogamos de seguir los pasos abajo para pedir el reemplazo de un dispositivo de seguridad que haya sido perdido, robado o no funcione adequatamente:

1. Avisar el Servico de Atención al Cliente - Por favor contacte el Servicio de Atención al Cliente para pedir un dispositivo de reemplazo y un acceso provisorio a la cuenta. Es importante comprender que esto servicio puede solamente ser usado por telefono y, para razones de seguridad, una vez comprobada la identidad del titular de la cuenta. Una vez averiguada su identidad, le proporcionaremo un codigo de acceso provisional que funciona como una version estática del codigo generado casualmente por su dispositivo permanente y por lo tanto tendrá que ser introducido despues del nombre utente y contraseña, al momento de iniciar la sesión.

2. Pedir la Tarjeta con Codigos de Seguridad en linea - El codigo de acceso provisional tiene una vida útil limitada (para dos dias le permite un acceso completo a la Gestion de Cuenta y a las plataformas de trading y para subsecuentes 10 dias solamente un acceso limitado a la Gestion de Cuenta). El codigo provisional tiene la finalidad de permitir el acceso a la Gestion de Cuenta y la activacion de la Tarjeta con Codigos de Seguridad en linea. Esta tarjeta proporciona una mayor proteccion y permite utilizar todas las funcionalidades de la Gestion de Cuenta (incluidas las retiradas de dinero). Ofrece además la posi bilidad de reactivar el dispositivo de seguridad permanente sin necesidad de contactar el Servicio de Atención al Cliente. Para obtener la Tarjeta con Codigos de Seguridad en linea se puede consulrar el KB1873 que contienes instrucciones paso a paso.

3. Pedir un dispositivo de reemplazo - una vez activada la Tarjeta con Codigos de Seguridad en linea, aparecerán las siguientes quatros opciónes. Escoger la opción 'Solicitar un nuevo dispositivo de inicio de sesión seguro' y apretar 'Continuar'.

Se mostrarán entonces mas detalles como la tipologia de dispositivo de seguridad que Usted recibirá, la dirección, la fecha y el método de envio. Si el dispositivo de reemplazo necesita la introcucción de un codigo PIN para la activación (como en el caso de dispositivos Digital Security Card, Digital Security Card Plus, Gold, Platinum), se mostrarán las instrucciones en linea que le explicarán como establecer un codigo PIN y finalizar su solicito.

 

Información Importante

- Como medida precauciónal de seguridad, el dispositivo de reemplazo es predispuesto para activarse automaticamente poco despues de la fecha de fecha esperada de entrega. Aún si la Tarjeta con Codigos de Seguridad en linea puede tener validez tambien posterioremente a la fecha de entrega del reemplazo, recomendamos la activación de su dispositivo de reemplazo lo antes posible para asegurar un acceso sin interrupción a su cuenta. Las instrucciones para la reactivación se encuentran en el KB1942

- Si su dispositivo de seguridad ha sido perdido, robado o si la cuenta ha sido cerrada sin devolver el dispositivo, se le cobrará una indemnizacion en funcion del valor del dispositivo mismo. Esta cuota puede variar entre 20 y 150 USD.

 

Welcome to Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

Now that your account is funded and approved you can start trading. The information below will help you getting
started as a new customer of Interactive Brokers.

  1. Your Money
  2. Configure your account to trade
  3. How to trade
  4. Trade all over the World
  5. Five points to enrich your IB experience

 

1. Your Money
Deposits & Withdrawals General Info. All transactions are administered through your secure Account Management
Deposits
First, you create a deposit notification through your Account Management > Funding > Fund Transfers > Transaction Type: “Deposit” How to create a deposit notification. The second step is to instruct your Bank to do the wire transfer with the bank details provided in your Deposit Notification.
Withdrawals
Create a withdrawal instruction via your secure Account Management > Funding > Fund Transfers > Transaction Type: "Withdrawals" How to create a withdrawal instruction
If you instruct a withdrawal over the Withdrawal limits, it will be considered an exceptional withdrawal and we will therefore need to match bank account holder and IB account. If destination bank account has been used for a deposit, withdrawal will be processed; otherwise, you must contact customer service and provide the documents needed.
Troubleshooting
Deposits: My bank sent the money but I do not see it credited into my IB account. Possible reasons:
a) A fund transfer takes 1-4 business days
b) A Deposit Notification is missing. You have to create it via your Account Management and send a ticket to Customer Service
c) Amending details are missing. Your name or IB account number is missing in the transfer details. You have to contact your bank and ask for the full amending details.
d) ACH initiated by IB is limited to 100k USD in a 7 business period. If you opened a Portfolio Margin account where the initial requirement is 110k, a wire deposit might be the better deposit option to reduce wait time for your first trade. If selecting ACH a wait time of almost 2 weeks or a temporary downgrade to RegT can be possible solutions.
Withdrawals: I have requested a withdrawal but I do not see the money credited to my bank account. Possible reasons:
a) A fund transfer takes 1-4 business days
b) Rejected. Over the max it can be withdrawn. Please check your account cash balance. Note that for regulatory requirements, when the funds are deposited, there is a 3 day holding period before they can be withdrawn.
c) Your bank returned the funds. Probably because receiving bank account and remitting bank account names do not match.

 

2. Configure your account to trade
Difference between Cash and Margin accounts: If you have chosen the FastTrack application, by default your account type is a cash account with US stock permission. If you would like to get leverage and trade on margin, here how to upgrade to a RegT Margin account
Trading Permissions
In order to be able to trade a particular asset class in a particular country, you need to get the trading permission for it via your Account Management. Please note that trading permissions are free. You might however be asked to sign risk
disclosures required by local regulatory authorities. How to Request Trading Permissions
Market Data
If you want to have market data in real-time for a particular product/exchange, you need to subscribe to a market data package charged by the exchange. How to subscribe to Market data
The Market data assistant will help you choose the right package. Please watch this Video explaining how it works.
Customers have the option to receive delayed market data for free by clicking the Free Delayed Data button from a non-subscribed ticker row.
Advisor Accounts
Have a look at the user guide getting started as advisors. Here you see how to create additional users to your advisor account and grant them access and much more.

 

3. How to trade
The Trader's University is the place to go when you want to learn how to use our Platforms. Here you will find our webinars, live and recorded in 10 languages and tours and documentation about our various Trading Platforms.
Trader Workstation (TWS)
Traders who require more sophisticated trading tools can use our market maker-designed Trader Workstation (TWS), which optimizes your trading speed and efficiency with an easy-to-use spreadsheet interface, support for more than 60 order types, task-specific trading tools for all trading styles, and real-time account balance and activity monitoring. Try the two models
TWS Mosaic: for intuitive usability, easy trading access, order management, watchlist, charts all in one window or
TWS Classic: the Advanced Order Management for traders who need more advanced tools and algos.
General Description and Information / Quick start guide / Usersguide
Interactive Tours: TWS Basics / TWS configuration / TWS Mosaic
How to place a trade:  Video Classic TWS / Video Mosaic
Trading tools: General Description and InformationUsers guide
Requirements: How to install Java for WindowsHow to install Java for MAC / Port 4000 and 4001 needs to be open
Login TWSDownload TWS
WebTrader
Traders who prefer a clean and simple interface can use our HTML-based WebTrader, which makes it easy to view market data, submit orders, and monitor your account and executions. Use the latest WebTrader from every browser
Quick Start Guide / WebTrader User's Guide
Introduction: Video WebTrader
How to place a Trade: Video WebTrader
Login WebTrader
MobileTrader
Our mobile solutions allow you to trade your IB account on the go. The mobileTWS for iOS and the mobileTWS for BlackBerry are custom-designed for these popular models, while the generic MobileTrader supports most other Smart phones.
General Description and Information
Order Types Order Types available and Description / Videos / Tour / Users guide
Paper Trading General Description and Information / How to get a Paper Trading Account
Once your paper account is created, you can share the market data of your real account with your paper trading account: Account Management > Manage Account > Settings > Paper trading

 
4. Trade all over the World
IB accounts are multi-currency accounts. Your account can hold different currencies at the same time, this allows you to trade multiple products around the world from a single account.
Base Currency
Your base currency determines the currency of translation for your statements and the currency used for determining margin requirements. Base currency is determined when you open an account. Customers may change their base currency at any time through Account Management.
We do not automatically convert currencies into your Base currency
Currency conversions must be done manually by the customer. In this video you can learn how to do a currency conversion.
In order to open a position denominated in a currency that you do not have in your account, you have two possibilities:
A) Currency conversion.
B) IB Margin Loan. (Not available for Cash Accounts)
Please see this course explaining the mechanics of a foreign transaction.

 

5. Five points to enrich your IB experience
1. Contract Search
Here you will find all our products, symbols and specifications.
2. IB Knowledge Base
The Knowledge Base is a repository of glossary terms, how-to articles, troubleshooting tips and guidelines designed to assist IB customers with the management of their IB accounts. Just enter in the search button what you are looking for and you will get the answer.
3. Account Management
As our trading platforms give you access to the markets, the Account Management grants you access to your IB account. Use Account Management to manage account-related tasks such as depositing or withdrawing funds, viewing your statements, modifying market data and news subscriptions, changing your trading permissions, and verifying or changing your personal information.
Log In Account Management / AM Quick Start Guide / AM Users Guide
4. Secure Login System
To provide you with the highest level of online security, Interactive Brokers has implemented a Secure Login System (SLS) through which access to your account is subject to two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication serves to confirm your identity at the point of login using two security factors: 1) Something you know (your username and password combination); and 2) Something you have (an IB issued security device which generates a random, single-use security code). As both knowledge of your username/password and physical possession of the security device are required to login to your account, participation in the Secure Login System virtually eliminates the possibility of anyone other than you accessing your account.
How to Activate your Security Device / How to Obtain a Security Code Card / How to return Security device
In case you forgot your password or lost your security code card, please call us for immediate assistance.
5. Statements and Reports
Easy to view and customize, our statements and reports cover all aspects of your Interactive Brokers account. How to view an Activity Statement 

 

Vulnerabilidad en SSL ("Heartbleed Bug") - Preguntas Frecuentes

CUÁL ES EL PROBLEMA? QUÉ ES «HEARTBLEED»?

Una vulnerabilidad en la implementación del código abierto de los protocolos SSL y TLS permite a una persona no autorizada leer las contraseñas y llaves de encripción en la memoria del servidor.

QUÉ ES SSL?

Es un protocolo que sirve para instruir máquinas en cómo encriptar y decriptar intercambios da datos entre redes.

HA AFECTADO  «HEARTBLEED» a IB?

No se espera ningún impacto.

Los pocos servidores de IB que usaban la versión afectada de OpenSSL han sido actualizados y corregidos tan pronto como la vulnerabilidad fue detectada y el parche distribuido.

PROTEGE MEJOR EL SLS EN ESTA SITUACIÓN O SIMILARES?

El sistema de ingreso seguro (SLS) añade una protección extra al acceso con sus credenciales (usuario y contraseña). El usuario y la contraseña no son la única línea de defensa contra accesos no autorizados.

Usando su SLS al acceder le asegura que es usted la única persona que puede acceder a la cuenta.

DEBO CAMBIAR MI CONTRASEÑA?

Al haber tomado IB todas las medidas de seguridad, no es necesario, su contraseña no ha sido afectada por esta vulnerabilidad.

Aunque cambiar la contraseña regularmente es una buena medida de seguridad, no tiene que hacerlo ahora a causa de lo informado sobre «Heartbleed».

Cómo devolver el dispositivo de seguridad a Interactive Brokers ?

En el caso que necesite devolver el dispositivo de seguridad a Interactive Brokers (debido a que ha sufrido daños, malfuncionamiento, consolidación de la cuenta o para cerrarla), siga por favor las siguientes instrucciones:

  1. Descargue e imprima el  Secure Login Device Return Form.
  2. Rellene el formulario e inclúyalo en un paquete junto al dispositivo.
  3. Envíe por correo postal el paquete a la dirección de correo correspondiente que encontrará más abajo.

Para su protección, recomendamos encarecidamente usar un sobre acolchado, y una mensajería que utilice números de seguimiento (ej. UPS, FedEx, DHL, o USPS Express Mail) ya que usted será el responsable del dispositivo de seguridad hasta su devolución. Por favor calcule 3 días desde el envío para que se vea reflejado en su cuenta la recepción del dispositivo por parte de IB. El tiempo de entrega puede variar debido a retrasos del mensajero.

Pasos adicionales en caso de una devolución para reemplazo
Si se devuelve para reemplazarlo y no para cerrar la cuenta, por favor llame al departamento de soporte de seguridad en el 1-203-618-4006 o 00800-42-276537 (gratuito desde España) para notificar el dispositivo defectuoso y le daremos un código de seguridad temporal que le permita seguir accediendo a su cuenta hasta que reciba el nuevo dispositivo de seguridad. IB ofrece diferentes dispositivos de seguridad, estas son las consideraciones a tener en cuenta de cada uno de ellos para su reemplazo:
 

Para Usuarios Platinum:
Si quiere devolver un dispositivo Platinum (figura 1) y necesita reemplazarlo,  tiene que acceder al Menú de Gestión de Cuenta para solicitar uno nuevo. Esto es necesario debido a la seguridad de este dispositivo. Puede solicitar un nuevo dispositivo sólo una vez que IB tenga constancia de la recepción del anterior dispositivo ya que sólo se puede asociar uno a su cuenta. Una vez solicitado, asegúrese de imprimir la página que contiene su número PIN y la frase de seguridad que necesitará para activar su nuevo dispositivo.

Figura 1

 

Para Usuarios Alpine:
Si quiere devolver un dispositivo Alpine (Figura 2) IB lo reemplazará por una tarjeta de seguridad digital como la que se muestra más abajo. Los dispositivos Alpine están siendo retirados y no están ya disponibles.

Figura 2

 

Para Usuarios de la Tarjeta de Seguridad Digital (DSC) :
Si quiere devolver una tarjeta de seguridad digital, necesita acceder al Menú de Gestión de Cuenta y solicitar una nueva tarjeta. Esto es necesario dada la existencia de un PIN para esta tarjeta. Por favor recuerde su PIN ya que lo necesitará para su activación.

 

Para usuarios de Tarjeta de Códigos de Seguridad:
Este tipo de tarjetas no necesita ser devuelto a IB, y puede ser deshechado y descartado.

Dirección Postal para clientes de US & Canada: Dirección Postal para clientes de EU: Dirección Postal para clientes de Asia: Dirección Postal para clientes de Australia:
Interactive Brokers, LLC.
Attn: Token Return Department
2 Pickwick Plaza
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 618-4006

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) LTD.
Attn: Token Return Department
Gotthardstrasse 3
CH-6301 Zug
Switzerland
+41-41-726-9500

Interactive Brokers, LLC.
Attn: Token Return Department
Hong Kong Suite 1512, Pacific Place 88
Queensway Admiralty, Hong Kong

Cantonés:
+852-2156-7907
Mandarín:
+86 (21) 6086 8586

Interactive Brokers, LLC.
Attn: Token Return Department
Grosvenor Place, Level 42
225 George Street
Sydney, 2000
+61 (2) 8093-7300

Cierre de Cuenta
El acceso al Menú de Gestión de Cuenta una vez cerrada la cuenta para revisar o imprimir sus extractos de actividad es posible sin el dispositivo de seguridad. Sólo necesitará su usuario y contraseña.

Para más preguntas o explicaciones, por favor contacte uno de nuestros especialistas en seguridad en el tlf 1-203-618-4006, o envíe un email a tac@interactivebrokers.com
 

Para información sobre las tarifas por reemplazar los dispositivos de seguridad perdidos, robados, dañados o no devueltos al cierre de la cuenta por favor consulte KB1861.

 

Information Relating to Customer Protection of Assets

The below information applies to trading of non-US index options, OTC CFDs and non-US index futures (when combined with non-US index options)

 

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited


Customer Assets
Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited (“IBUK)’’ is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“), register no. 208159. IBUK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Interactive Brokers Group (IBG LLC). IBUK provides client money and client asset services in accordance with FCA Client Assets regulations “CASS”.

Client money is protected as follows:
Client money rules apply to all regulated firms that receive money from a client, or hold money for a client in the course of carrying out MiFID business and/or designated investment business.

Client money is entirely segregated from IBUK’s own money. In the event of a failure of an authorised firm, clients’ monies held in the segregated accounts will be returned to the clients rather than being treated as a recoverable asset by general creditors. If there was a shortfall, the client may be eligible to claim for compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”).

Client money is ring-fenced in separate bank accounts which are held in trust on behalf of the clients. These accounts are distributed across a number of banks with investment grade ratings to avoid a concentration risk with any single institution. When IBUK makes the selection and appointment of a bank to hold client money, it takes into account the expertise and market reputation of the bank, its financial standing and any legal requirements or market practices related to the holding of client money that could adversely affect clients' rights.

IBUK will allow client money to be held in a client transaction account by an exchange, a clearing house or an intermediate broker but only if the money is transferred to them for the purpose of a transaction or to meet a client’s obligation to provide collateral for a transaction.

Each day, IBUK performs a detailed reconciliation of client money held in client money bank accounts and client transaction accounts and its liabilities to its clients to ensure that client monies are properly segregated and sufficient to meet all liabilities in accordance with the FCA’s CASS rules. All monies credited to such bank accounts are held by the firm as trustee (or if relevant, as agent).

FCA regulations also require IBUK to maintain a CASS Resolution Pack to ensure that in the unlikely event of the firm's liquidation, the Insolvency Practitioner is able to retrieve information with a view to returning client money and assets to the firm's clients on a timely basis.

Financial Services Compensation scheme

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited (“IBUK”) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) as an investment firm and a participant in the Financial Services Compensation scheme (“FSCS”). Certain eligible clients qualify for
compensation under the FCA Compensation rules.

The main points relating to eligibility are:

  • FSCS pays compensation only to eligible claimants when an authorised firm is in default and will carry out an investigation to establish whether or not this is the case.
  • FSCS pays compensation only for financial loss and the limits for U.K. Investment firms are covered below.
  • The FSCS was set up mainly to assist private individuals, although smaller businesses are also covered.
  • Larger businesses are generally excluded.

Investments

FSCS provides protection if an authorised investment firm is unable to pay claims against it e.g. when an authorised investment firm goes out of business and cannot return assets to its clients. Assets classified as investments for authorised investment firms under the FSCS include stocks and shares, futures, options, cfds, other regulated instruments and money deposited by clients.

Compensation Limits

The actual level of compensation you receive will depend on the basis of your claim. The FSCS only pays compensation for financial loss. Compensation limits are per person per authorised firm. Compensation levels are subject to change and for current details please refer to the FSCS website at http://www.fscs.org.uk / .
 

The below information applies to customers who were or are continuing to trade all products (except metals and OTC CFDs) through IB LLC.

 

Interactive Brokers LLC (“IBLLC”)


Customer Assets
Customer money is segregated in special bank or custody accounts, which are designated for the exclusive benefit of customers of IBLLC. This protection (the SEC term is “reserve” and the CFTC term is “segregation”) is a core principle of securities and commodities brokerage. By properly segregating the customer's assets, if no money or stock is borrowed and no futures positions are held by the customer, then the customer's assets are available to be returned to the customer in the event of a default by or bankruptcy of the broker.


Securities accounts with no borrowing of cash or securities
Securities customer money is protected as follows:

  • A portion is deposited at 14 large U.S. banks in special reserve accounts for the exclusive benefit of IBLLC's customers. These deposits are distributed across a number of banks with investment-grade ratings so that we can avoid a concentration risk with any single institution. No single bank holds more than 5% of total customer funds held by IBLLC.
  • A portion may be invested in U.S. Treasury securities, including direct investments in short-term Treasury bills and reverse repurchase agreements, where the collateral received is in the form of U.S. Treasury securities. These transactions are conducted with third parties and guaranteed through a central counterparty clearing house (Fixed Income Clearing Corp., or “FICC”). The collateral remains in the possession of IBLLC and held at a custody bank in a segregated Special Custody Account for the exclusive benefit of customers. U.S. Treasury securities may also be pledged to a clearing house to support customer margin requirements on securities options positions.
  • Customer cash is maintained on a net basis in the reserve accounts, which reflects the net credit balances of customers in excess of customer debit balances. To the extent any one customer maintains a margin loan with IBLLC, that loan will be fully secured by stock valued at up to 200% of the loan.
  • Current SEC regulations require broker-dealers to perform a detailed reconciliation of customer money and securities (known as the “reserve computation”) at least weekly to ensure that customer monies are properly segregated from the broker-dealer's own funds.

Customer-owned, fully-paid securities are protected in accounts at depositories and custodians that are specifically identified for the exclusive benefit of customers. IBLLC reconciles positions in securities owned by customers daily to ensure that these securities have been received at the depositories and custodians

Commodities accounts

Commodities customer money is protected as follows:

  • A portion is pledged to futures clearing houses to support customer margin requirements on futures and options on futures positions or held in custody accounts identified as segregated for the benefit of IB's customers.
  • A portion is held at commodities clearing banks/brokers in accounts identified as segregated for the benefit of IBLLC customers to support customer margin requirements.
  • Cash in commodities accounts is protected in accordance with US commodities regulations. CFTC rules prohibit an FCM from commingling customer funds with its own money, securities or property. Customer funds must be separately accounted for and segregated as belonging to commodity or option customers. The titles of accounts in which customer funds are deposited must clearly indicate this and show that the funds are segregated as required by the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) and CFTC Rules. Customer funds may not be obligated to anyone except to purchase, margin, guarantee, secure, transfer, adjust or settle trades, contracts or commodity option transactions of commodity or option customers. These requirements also extend to U.S. customers trading on foreign exchanges.

Securities accounts with margin loans

For customers who borrow money from IBLLC to purchase securities, IBLLC is permitted by securities regulations to pledge or borrow stock valued at up to 140% of the value of the loan. Typically, IBLLC lends out a small portion of the total stock it is permitted to lend out.

  • As an example, at June 30, 2011, IBLLC lent $800 million value of customers' stock out of the $13.0 billion made available to it by margin customers.
  • When IBLLC lends customers' stock, it must put additional money into the special reserve accounts for the exclusive benefit of customers. In the example above, the full value of $800 million of customer stock that was lent was segregated in the special reserve accounts.

Account Protection

Customer securities accounts at IBLLC are protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”) for a maximum coverage of $500,000 (with a cash sublimit of $250,000) and under IBLLC's excess SIPC policy with certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London for up to an additional $30 million (with a cash sublimit of $900,000) subject to an aggregate limit of $150 million. Futures, and options on futures are not covered. As with all securities firms, this coverage provides protection against failure of a broker-dealer, not against loss of market value of securities.

For the purpose of determining a customer account, accounts with like names and titles (e.g. John and Jane Smith and Jane and John Smith) are combined, but accounts with different titles are not (e.g. Individual/John Smith and IRA/John Smith).

SIPC is a non-profit, membership corporation funded by broker-dealers that are members of SIPC. For more information about SIPC and answers to frequently asked questions (such as how SIPC works, what is protected, how to file a claim, etc.), please refer to the following websites:


http://www.SIPC.org

http://www.finra.org/InvestorInformation/InvestorProtection/SIPCProtecti...

or contact SIPC at:

Securities Investor Protection Corporation
805 15th Street, N.W. - Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005-2215
Telephone: (202) 371-8300
Facsimile: (202) 371-6728

 

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