I don't carry mine around. I stuck it to the front of my monitor and there it shall stay. I feel safer with it than without it.How it works. Basically you put in your password and then it asks for the authenticator number. You press the button on the authenticator and it gives you the number to put in. Someone hacking your account wouldn't have the number even if they did have your password so they wouldn't be able to steal your account.
Nobody uses authenticators these days. i did a small survey in a group of about 100 friends that have played WoW about 2 years or more. these statistics came up:Those that have friends that know and use their account, about 25% have at some time been hackedThose that use internet cafes: an insane 80% have been hacked, many two or three timesThose that have both - friends who know their account and use internet cafes (about 10 people) only one guy had never been hacked before and holy moleys has he stepped up his security ;)I have never told anyone my info or played outside my own computer and never been hackedRemember folks - are they really friends? and is risking your account on a public computer really worth that WoW hit?
I got hacked 3 times in a month once. I got one. (Norton blows chunks, fyi)From what I understand, it uses an algorithm that factors in the time of day (probably GMT), it's serial number and a different random number hardwired into each doohicky to generate its code. Each code can only be used once.At least that's my guess.I got mine in front of my monitor as well. It ain't going anywhere.
The Blizzard Authenticator is a token that you can put for example on your keychain. It has a little display that, once your press the button will generate a 6-digit number that changes every minute.This number is used as a 1-time password. This means the password is only valid once. When you use it to log in, the code becomes invalid and any hacker trying to access your account later with the same number won't be able to log in.A hacker wanting to access your account will now, in addition to keylogging your username and password, have to physically break into your house and steal the authenticator to see what number it displays. But hackers are clever people. Isn't there any way for them to know which number the authenticator is going to display? The answer is no, and here's why.Every authenticator has a little built-in clock. This clock keeps track of the number of seconds since, for example the WoW release date, Tigole's birthday or whenever. Each authenticator also has a unique key, which it uses to encrypt this number of seconds into what looks like a completely random number. There is no way, without knowing the encryption key, to guess what number is going to be displayed at any point in time. Even if the hacker has all the numbers you entered before, he can't extrapolate that into what number will be showing next.The hacker also can't hack into the device itself to find out it's key, because it doesn't connect to the computer in any way. Even if the hacker were the mailman who delivered the authenticator to your house, he would have to open it up and extract the hardware that contained the key. These devices are generally tamper-resistant and will purge themselves when opened.So, if the hacker can't know your 1-time password, how is Blizzard going to know? The difference is, Blizzard has the key for every authenticator they made. When you log in, blizzard looks up which authenticator is associated with your account, and finds the matching key. They then use this key to decrypt the number you entered into the number of seconds the authenticator has been counting. They then verify that this number matches the current time.Even if the time on your authenticator doesn't exactly match the time on blizzard's server, they still allow you to log in within a minute or so of the defined time, just in case the clock in your authenticator is running a little slower or faster than normal. This still does not allow hackers to use the number from a minute ago, because when you log in successfully, that number is then disabled and prevented from being used again. http://forums.wow-europe.com/thread.html?topicId=4672769224&sid=1On.topic: I love mine, and i keep it close to my monitor... Always!
Nobody uses authenticators these days. i did a small survey in a group of about 100 friends that have played WoW about 2 years or more.while nice information, it's a horribly small sample size when considering the wow population. while the majority of wowers dont use them, they're not entirely uncommon. If you were to take my guild and closer friends (no idea how many people that would tally offhand) theres at least 6 of us with authenticators in some form or another.But, we get them for whatever reasons we deem necessary. I am paranoid, and am a guild master. I'd rather not have to handle the hassle of getting the entire contents of my guild bank back >.>
Well when the authenticators were first released I thought to myself that I'd have no need for one, since I don't really do anything that would get me keylogged or whatever on the computer I use WoW on.But, I have been noticing a increase in the amount of accounts hacked mostly from fellow guildies.So I figured better to be safe than sorry, I decided to download the mobile authenticator for my phone and I have to say it's really simple just adds maybe another 20-30 secs to my login time. And it definitely adds a feeling of security. Which I guess was the purpose lol ^.^
The hassle outweighs the risk for me. I run a tight ship and use a password that won't be dictionary attacked, plus I have a weird username.I'm not worried.
I got one. My account was hack last week when I log in using my old desktop. I might have a keylogger on it. Anyways I got all my stuff back. Order it and it arrive today. Not sure how good or bad it is but having an extra security feature feels safer. And knowing even when the hackers have my pw they won't be able to log in.
After several friends got hacked, I bought one. I spent a few months playing WoW day in day out while unemployed earlier this year and didn't want all the time and effort to go to waste if someone hacked my account. I keep it on my keychain and have had no problems with it since buying it in April.
I've really wanted an authenticator for a while, but these days the blizzard store shipping charges in the uk are just stupid, the device is about the size of a lighter and costs £4.80, and the 'Express' shipping (which most people would actually consider to be regular, with express being some kind of next-day) costs £10.50, over twice as much as the authenticator itself...
Things get easier if you get the iPhone. You're less likely to loose that, at least to my experience since I never leave without it. (also, you can call it if you can't find it)
Seems to be more an issue of displacing items than a problem with the actual device. As for me, i have the authenticator hanging from a hook on the wall right next to the computer, in plain sight.
Never hacked before I got Authenticator, but as I'm paranoid about security I got one.I'm very happy with it and the only drawback is that when I merged my account with battle.net I can't use the store without authenticator anymore, which is bad, because I often make orders from office and authenticator is always at home.
I bought one about three months ago. Its quite a relief to know my years of character development - not you mention my three vaults of loot are quite safe. As the machine i use is not the best for security. It remains connected to a key chain embedded in my desk.
I actually just picked up one of these. I had been meaning too for sometime , but never got around to it. Lately though we have had more and more people on our server that I know and in my Guild have there accounts compromised so I ordered mine. I actually just set it up last night and it attached to my keychain. *knock on wood* but in 14 years of driving I have never lost my keys and I've had a USB drive attached to my keyring for the last 2 years that's managed pretty well. I am also the the GM of my guild so if something were to happen to my account it could affect many more people than just myself.
I was lucky enough to get one of the first wave that came out in the EU, With one you cannot within reasonable odds (approximately the same as the odds of the air in your lungs spontaneously becoming water through quantum interactions) be hacked.Do what I did, and carbon tape it to the side or front of your PC or monitor, and forget about *WOW SPECIFIC* keyloggers.It is not a reason to have lax PC security.I am also the the GM of my guild so if something were to happen to my account it could affect many more people than just myself.This too.If you want to be considered for promotion to a rank with direct GB access in my guild, you require an authenticator.
At the OP: I once lost the keys to my house and when I came home it was a real hassle, but that doesn't mean that I consider the concept of keys a bad idea. Yes, locking your account to an authenticator is a hassle if you don't pay attention to where you keep it, just as a locked front door is a hassle if you don't pay attention to where your keys are.I think Blizz should make authenticators mandatory with a deadline set 6 months from now or something like that. On a personal level I don't really care whether or not you guys use an authenticator or not, your security is your own concern BUT every time one of you get hacked it gives the annoying gold sellers more gold to sell, an account to spam from and wastes GM time on solving the issue, making the queues for other in-game issues longer..Question:If Blizz decided to stop restoring hacked accounts, would you still try your luck without an authenticator?
After 2 of our Officers got hacked in the space of a month, we've now made it compulsary for Officers in our guild (who have access to a restricted bank tab with all the valuable stuff) to have either the Authenticator app or the keychain version.Both of these officers had complex passwords, fully up to date Virus scanners, were really IT savvy and ultra paranoid when it comes to security. Authenticators cost absoloute peanuts to produce. Personally I think Blizzard should be putting them in the box when people buy the game as account hacking is now that much of a problem. I know more of my guild would have Authenticators were it not for the ludicrous shipping charges (in Europe anyway) which raises the total cost to up to 5x the cost of the device :/
I love my authenticator just for the piece of mind it presents. I only play wow at home so my authenticator just sits in front of my monitor so i always have it. If i had a laptop i suppose i would just always keep it in the laptop case.