We need people to stop doing stupid things.Ever learn what happens with pesticides? Eventually, the pests become resistant to it and you have to get a different pesticide.Same concept with hackers. If people stopped being stupid, hackers would up their game to match it. So you'd have to save people from themselves even more, and it cycles. I for one do not welcome our future part-time account-thieving overlords.BTW, if you have an auth, you can still get hacked via phishing--the hacker just adds the serial number to the requests in a phishing email. It does help against most keyloggers though.
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....Unless you're in Australia (or other country outside the US). Then you can whack an extra $20 on to that amount for international shipping :pMy Partner and I both live in Aus. Shipping was prompt and free. Purchased 2 Authenticators for $13 total. Been playing since beta and only just been hacked recently as silly me downloaded a Starcraft 2 demo that was a trojan to specifically keylog wow accounts XDTook Blizz 2 weeks of myself and my guild complaining to get my gear back. Held up our raid progression just as ICC was released since I'm the MT for the guild. Major hassle.Glad to have the added security now and would support free authenticators with the expansion then making them mandatory shortly after.
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.
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.They've waived shipping to almost all locals. There have been some people saying they charge to Australia, but a friend just bought one and said shipping was free, they're in Queensland.
EVERYONE with an iPhone/iPod touch should have the authenticator... It is free hacker protection that is totally worth it.
in lack of a creditcard we cant buy them.No game store in your neighborhood? A friend of mine distrust using his credit card on the net so he vent to his local game shop and asked for one. They didn't have it in stock, but they ordered it for him and called him some days later when it arrived..If blizzard decides to make them mandatory I would expect them to tie it to the launch of Cataclysm. Something along the lines of "You can only upgrade to Cataclysm if you have an authenticator attached to the account". Forcing us to buy an authenticator for our already paid wotlk version may be a bad move. We already paid for our game and now blizz suddenly wants extra money for a gadget that isn't written as a requirement on the box, I can just imagine someone suing. If they write "Requires an authenticator" on the box to Cataclysm it's no different than writing "Requires 2gb of ram", if people don't have it, they know they have to get it before purchasing the expansion, so in my opinion it would be a logical move.Those that dislikes the idea of an authenticator can keep playing the wotlk version they paid for. If they feel like upgrading to Cataclysm they have to read the requirements on the box and make sure that they have the hardware needed to run it.I would also expect them to ship authenticators to the retailers so you have the option to buy 1 cataclysm box and 1 authenticator at the same time.As for giving out authenticators for free, box them with every copy of wow or mail them to every existing customer, I just don't see that happening. With 8-10 million copies sold just figuring out who to mail it to and who already has one would be a mammoth task, not to mention the wasteful nature or mailing authenticators to people that no longer play and all that. Adding an authenticator to the cataclysm box is also wasteful as a lot of people already have one and don't need another, not to mention those of us with more than one account.My bet is that Cataclysm will have a requirement for an authenticator, the authenticator won't be boxed with the game, but your local retailer will start having authenticators in stock for you to buy when you go buy Cataclysm anyway..
All the accounts need to be on the same Battle.net account, however. Wrong. My friend made a battle.net account for each of her two copies of wow and attached a single authenticator to it. She can't recommend it though as she has to keep retyping her email address every time she changes from one account to the other. You can merge several accounts into one battle-net account and use one authenticator or you can use individual battle.net accounts for your individual accounts and either attach individual authenticators to each one or use a single authenticator for all of them..
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.
Unconstitutional to force a service on a client.Lol, no it's not.. Every pc game you buy has requirements to them, you know the part with suggested hardware and the minimum requirement. If blizz ups the graphic level in cataclysm and make the game require 4gb of ram it's not unconstitutional that you may have to buy more ram for your computer to play the game. If you don't like buying that extra ram, just don't buy the expansion..From a marketing standpoint it might backfire to force people into buying an addition gadget in order to play a game they have already paid for. You could go so far as to say that the original game and the tbc and wotlk expansions didn't mention anything about the need for an authenticator to work, so they should continue to work without one. Blizzard could then inform you that even though you bought a box, manual and some discs, you're actually only renting the game. If you don't like the rental conditions you can stop renting the game, you'll get to keep the box, discs and manual, but you're not allowed to use the softwrae it contains.. But when blizz launch Cataclysm it's very easy to add a line saying "Authenticator Required". Your current wow + tbc and wotlk will keep working without one, but if you choose to buy the cataclysm expansion you will also know that you have to get an authenticator. My bet is that the Cataclysm expansion will come with a requirement for an authenticator, it would be a natural move.. Existing customers won't be forced into anything, and those that upgrade to the expansion will know about the authenticator needed..
And then there's the problem of if you lose the authenticator....
And then there's the problem of if you lose the authenticator....It's called keeping the serial key filed away and when you lose it just call Blizzard and get it removed. :D
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.
I agree re idiots. They are why we can't have nice things, like easy log-ins.Blame the Gold Sellers not the idiots.If you got rid of the idiots you would still have the source of the problem which is the Gold Sellers.If there were no Gold Sellers would their still be as many comprimised accounts. I think not :)EDIT : Quote on quote on qoute code fail.
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