The sheer number of sites dedicated to poker on the internet these days boggles the mind. I'm sure I'm wrong, but other than, um, 'adult' websites – I would imagine sites dedicated to poker are as plentiful as anything on the web.
Every possible tool that a poker player could want to improve their game, or bankroll management is available from any number of sites, most times for free.
It would be easy for most players to cruise through their daily online existences, and make use of any of these tools, and not think twice about it.
But, players do need to think twice. It was discovered recently that a calculator tool that was available for use on poker site checkraised.com had a secret utility built into it that would steal users online poker login information, and transmit the information back to the utilities creator. This utility used something called a rootkit driver, which enabled the operation to occur undetected by the user, and does not show itself when using the calculator.
After the discovery, the company removed the calculator from its site, and issued an apology, The company also put up a set of instructions on how to remove the 'Trojan' from your computer.
No reports have surfaced yet about anyone's online poker accounts being compromised by this rogue program, but the discovery of the Trojan was only a few days ago.
The lesson that should be learned for online poker players is to change your password occasionally, and keep a hard copy of your passwords off your hard drive. Just in case something goes wrong.
As the number of websites dedicated to poker continues to grow, isolated things like this will happen from time to time. The best thing players can do to ensure their safety is to check in on all their accounts from time to time, and pay attention to the utilities they use.
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