I could see them including it with purchases of classic WoW, but not with Cataclysm. What would all of us who already use the authenticator do with a second authenticator?As it is, owning an authenticator gives me peace of mind - the only way someone could get into my account is if I gave them the authenticator and told them the password and e-mail address related to it. If making it mandatory will reduce the work the GMs have, then it will have a similar effect as to when they made loot tradeable for 2 hours between those eligible for it - it'll free up more of the time the GMs have for dealing with other problems, such as people exploiting, problems between players, and the occasional bugged mob or quest.
It literally take an extra 5 seconds to log in using the authenticator.
Come on people, it's $6.50 for the extra peace of mind. I don't see why some people get so upset over this topic. I have had one on my account for quite a while. I like the peace of mind that the authenticator provides to me and I'm a PC support technician.Besides if it makes the GMs' jobs easier and allows them to get through other tickets quicker that would be good for all of us.
I'd have to agree with the 2nd authenticator. Not for me, but for the people out there who get phished and whatnot so easily. People aren't the most intelligent, so it makes sense. Now logistics.... I'd be curious!Oh, and by not for me, I meant I don't "need" it, but will definitely invest in it. Better safe than sorry for all those hours and dollars of game time.
The sad truth is there are some people out there that just do NOT know how to be safe with their PCs. This may save all of us a lot of heartache in the long run. I understand that you don't want Blizzard to force you to get one but Blizzard has an obligation to take steps to maximize the game and resources for the majority of its players, and this is one way that they can do this.
I don't need the security, but most people do. I don't mind the inconvenience, but I'm not willing to pay money for something I don't personally need.
/sighStupid people who use their WoW login info for other unsecure sites, morons who share their login info, and idiot gold buyers/powerlevelers have caused this.I know it only takes a few more seconds to use the authenticator, I just don't like being forced into purchasing unnecessary crap. The Battle.net merge wasn't bad, but we weren't forced to pay an extra fee.If this is made mandatory, I would like to see Blizz role this transition into Cata (without an added $10 fee mind you).
The second password is moderately painful, but I feel safer against hacking. Plus, I have my free pet.
Out of curiousity... a friend and I hae each other's account info, for tradeskilling purposes. He has 4 toons that have half the TS's maxed, I have the rest... if we were required to use authenticators, this would pretty much end our deal, would it not?
I am fully for this. After reading about a DRASTIC increase in accounts becoming hacked, I decided to download the mobile Authenticator off of the IPOD App Store. Extremly usefull. Its also FREE so if you have a Ipod Touch/Iphone it is amazing. Also, all it takes is a simple call to Blizzard to remove it if it gets stolen.Also I belive this will drasticly reduce goldbuyers/goldsellers. It would become a hassle to give out account info and have the gold. Really we all know what gold sellers do, and Also what level sellers do. This would cause a blow to there money. Also, since we all know they take the account, ect. They would need the Code. Only way to do that is to, Be on the phone with them as you log in to there account to give them the gold ect or w/e they do to do it. Since they account would be unhackable after that, becayuse they would need a different code, Gold Sellers just hit a massive critical hit, and this will be a major blow to them when it is implemented. The damn things are 7 dollars, add 7 dollars to the damn Xpac, or have them on sale AT GAMESTOP or Wal-Mart and crap, and you will see this proplem diminish.
My friend and I played Diablo II together, same deal. We then went to Everquest in 2001, and now play WoW. If he stole all my stuff on WoW, losing the friend would hurt more than a stupid game.Occasionally, he'll get on my 'lock to help me with the seasonal stuff when I can't play, and I do the same thing for his pally... our mains. Trust me, the friendship is far more important.But, Mr. Sarcastic, my question was, could I still log on to his account, or do I need HIS authenticator plugged into my PC to do this? Idon't fully understand how they work.I know we have a different relationship than most playng WoW, and Bliz could probably give a crap if we stopped playing due to this. I was just wondering if we could get around it so we coud still enjoy the game and how we choose to play. If you don't approve, ignore me then. I probably care as little about your disapproval as you do about my concerns.
Just knit picking here but the cost is $6.50 not $10. Not much a difference but thought it worth clarifying. :-)Loosen up guys, it's a game....
Thank you, I don't feel alone right now. This will &*!@ me off if I'm forced to use these things because people don't know how to keep their computers safe.
Make it mandatory with Cataclysm. Put one in the box with the expansion.Simple.