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5-27-2009 @ 9:39PM
I would pay extra to have such a device in my credit card. I feel Blizz is the first to introduce key fobs commercially to its consumers. Note that I am uneducated, but from what I gather in the comments, they have been given to commercial bank accounts(not consumer accounts), company employees, ect ect. The average consumer doesn't have this sort of security on their financial information, but with ID thefts on the rise (according to major news sources) it may be time to roll out the big guns.
5-28-2009 @ 1:51AM
Except the Blizz authenticator does nothing against ID theft, even for your WoW account. It is an access control mechanism like a password, except it is a one time password so if your communications link is compromised an attacker can't get permanent control over the account (not that an attacker couldn't write a keylogger that grabbed your auth code and prevent you from logging in and then send the code to the attacker, it is just a much more difficult attack).Most ID theft involves attackers opening fraudulent credit card and banking accounts. Theft of credit card details is not ID theft. If an attacker uses ID theft against you it is trivial for them to reset your WoW email address, password, and even authenticator status.And America is a technological backwater when it comes to consumer deployment of this technology. Don't assume that because American banks don't worry about losing other peoples money that other countries don't have these systems in place.
5-28-2009 @ 3:28PM
"I feel Blizz is the first to introduce key fobs commercially to its consumers. "Except they just aren't, no matter how you "feel". I'm not talking about banks, or financial stuff either since they certainly weren't first there. I'm talking about them not even being the first GAME to do this. Entropia Universe was using authenticators a year or more before WoW went that route.
5-29-2009 @ 11:58AM
I agree with you, jurandr. The point here is that this is an authenticator on a personal, private level, rather than a corporate level."And America is a technological backwater when it comes to consumer deployment of this technology. Don't assume that because American banks don't worry about losing other peoples money that other countries don't have these systems in place."As an American, I'm actually pretty well aware of that fact. I know there's several times more red tape for individuals and groups to get through before something "new" can be introduced on a widespread scale to the American public. Pharmaceuticals, medical practices, food standards, safety standards, technological changes, etc all get picked up elsewhere in the world long before they become acceptable on American soil.What would you have preferred the author have done? Start the article with, "This is for Americans only, everyone else can go stroke their spiffy gadgets somewhere else." It's a nifty bit of information worth sharing with the idiots living in the barbaric conditions of the US. /eyeroll
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