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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.
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