I love my Starcraft II authenticator.
How do authenticators work anyway? They must communicate with Blizzard's servers or your own computer in some way, how do they do this? If it works like a cellphone, this is a horrible thing because I personally live in a totally cellphone dead area. I have to drive over a mile to get any reception at all.Anyone know how they work? Also what if they run out of batteries or whatever powers them?After thinking about it, they are probably setup to generate a random code using the same variables the code is generated from on the servers meaning for your account both the authenticator and the servers generate the same codes valid for the same segments of time. I guess they don't have to be able to communicate if Blizzard's servers already know in advance what you're authenticator is going to tell you at a certain date/time etc.
They work in a simple and hard to counter way. In your authenticator is a unique algorithm that your authenticator and Blizzard alone know, along with a clock. What the authenticator does, is create a number based on the seeded time at that moment (I believe the standard is every minute). You put this number in at the login, which is then verified (by serial number) on the server-side with the same algorithm.The genius behind all of this, is the algorithm is never transmitted, and the code associated with your account changes every minute. So unless someone has somehow created a duplicate of your authenticator, they cannot log into your account.That being said, I'm not paying to have one shipped to me, nor do I have a smartphone with which to use the mobile authenticator on.
EVERYONE with an iPhone/iPod touch should have the authenticator... It is free hacker protection that is totally worth it.
While I like the idea... there are some issues with it.First, given 11+ million of these things statistically a lot of people are going to loose them. I'd be worry about how replacements work, how much Bizzard time/effort it takes, and how secure the replacement process is.Second, as a physical device, folks will forget them. Especially folks who use notebooks or play on multiple machines/locations. Carrying it with you merely increases the chance of the device being lost.Third, these will need to be in a lot of stores. This also means that the software can not be downloaded or expansions issued through downloads. i.e. more wait times at stores, more problems with the game not in stock, etc.I am curious why they don't consider looking at having the system locked to a machine. If you can get an iPhone app for this... why not a Windows app which runs on a specific machine?
@awaters2879Err... what? We buy the authenticators so that our accounts have an extra level of protection. It's not like we're waving it around or carrying it everywhere with us - it should stay next to the computer you use to play the game, not carried around with you.
Unconstitutional to force a service on a client.Looks like another reason to quit when SW:TOR comes out.It's been a fun 5 years.
And then there's the problem of if you lose the authenticator....
Blizzard doesn't ship the authenticator to Brazil and my mobile phone (Samsung S5230W) isn't on the list even though it can run apps without any problems. How should I get an authenticator then?I don't know about other countries, but Brazil has a pretty solid community (both Warsong and Gurubashi in US are composed almost entirely of brazilian players) and the access to those authenticators is extremely difficult for us. Blizzard really should do something about it first before making them mandatory.
Man.. i live in Costa Rica, and i play in the US servers, but cmon!I wanted to buy the Vanilla, BC and WOTLK in their boxes, but Blizzard Store dosnt send to my countrySo i did the online upgradeif they make the Authenticator mandatory, what would i do?Shop it on Amazon, and wait 20 days untill i get the Authenticator ?I hope they dont make this mandatory, or they put Costa Rica in the Shipping Countries List :DNote: I got a Nokia 5310 XpressMusic and its not listed in the supported ones for the mobile authenticator
I can't wait for this to happen. The man-hours spent by Blizzard restoring hacked accounts must be staggering and would be better spent improving the game and investigating other issues, such as the gold spam & the childish behavior exhibited in Trade chat.
Looked up the Authenticators on wow wiki today and learnt something new.You can apparently got the mobile authenticator for mobiles other then an iPhone.Here is the link :http://mobile.blizzard.com/shared/blizzard_download.php