No matter how good your password is, it won't save you from a key logger, which is the way a majority of passwords get stolen.I have an authenticator, and have it attached to my keychain. I play in 2 places, and always have my keys with me, so I always have my authenticator with me as well. I have an iPhone as well, but would never use the iPhone authenticator app. If you have to re-install the software on the iPhone or install a new firmware, you have to detach the authenticator from your account first, then install, then reattach the application. And that's assuming you reinstalled b/c you planned to. Heaven help you if your iPhone crashes or you forget to detach the authenticator before installing new firmware.
I have been hacked and while it isn't character ending, it is wuite anoying. I was suprise when I saw they were only 6.50, I was expecting 25.00. And shipping was free. I have absolutely no regrets.
I love my authenticator. Wouldn't trade that peace of mind for the world. Only thing better would be a USB dongle version that would type in the secret code for me, a la Yubikey.
The authenticator's are fine, its not their fault you cant keep track of em :P
My authenticator sat on my PC, and never moved. If I had a laptop, it would live in the laptop bag.Honestly? It's dirt cheap, and practically guarantees that your account is secure for as long as the authenticator is attached to it. No, I was never hacked without one; however, for £6, I don't see why anyone /wouldn't/ have one.It's not really a problem of the authenticator if you lose it. :P
I myself have the authenticator for my iPhone. At first I was okay with using it, but lately I find that it's becoming more of a pain. It takes time to open it, and like you said, if you open it when there's only a few seconds left before the refresh you have to wait. Unless you are an EXTREMELY fast typist. I'm fast, but not that fast.Also, it seems you have to press that sync button too often. When the app loses sync, even though the code still has 5 seconds or so to refresh, it will say invalid login. That can be a pain too because now you have to resync it.Yes it's a great tool if you use many computers to login to WoW (such as going to Internet cafes). But if you just login at home, it may not be worth it. Or if, like me, you are lazy. :P
I've never been hacked, and neither has my wife. That said, we both picked one up a few weeks back, because a few of our then guild mates had been hacked, and we certainly didn't want that to happen to us. I keep mine near my computer. Neary had a heart attack the other night when it went missing, somehow it had wound up on the floor. Now, I keep it on a keychain which, while not the one I keep the rest of my keys on, will still be a lot harder to lose.
I love mine on a cord so if i do travel with it it stays around the neck other wise it sits tied to the monitor. Sounds like quit losing stuff :oP
The Authenticator only caused a hassle, in both cases, due to your own admitted irresponsibility.I'm not sure how you go about blaming anyone other than yourself.Of course they are worth every penny (or in some cases with the mobile, FREE).
I've seen one officer in my guild get hacked, and we lost a goodly portion of our guild bank. We got it back a few weeks later and the officer in question got his account back too, but he bought an authenticator and hasn't had an issue since.Myself, I don't feel the need to buy one. My current PC protections have yet to let me down so far. It may, or may not help that I acess the net via a router, too. Not entirely sure since I'm not that savvy when it comes to the workings of a PC. :p
I always keep mine attached to my keychain. If I lose my authenticator, I have much bigger problems than not being able to play WoW.
There have been multiple people in my guild that were hacked a number of months back. Thankfully, I never was, but I got the authenticator anyways. It's on my keychain at all times, as that and my wallet are about the only things I have never lost. Well, I don't think I've ever lost my cell either, but I don't have an iphone. I have a very trusted friend that I allow to log into my account at times and vice versa. It's a little annoying at times to give the 6 digits over the phone (can't rely on the speed of texting) when he logs in, but it's much better than a keylogger grabbing my info from a pc that I'm not responsible for.
I have the Blizz iPhone authentication app...works the same as the keychain but is free to download :) Considering I always have my phone with me, it works perfect.Everyone should absolutely get some kind of authenticator...I've never been hacked and the extra 10 sec to log in is a small price to pay for piece of mind.