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6-04-2009 @ 7:28PM
First, I saw this on Moonrunner, either last night or the previous night and it took about 2 minutes for people to call it out as the scam that it was. No offense to you, but your friend is an idiot. Anyone who wants to or does send you a URL inside of WoW is trying to steal your account information. Second, if you don't have the Blizz Authenticator, you deserve everything you get when it comes to people stealing your account. Yes, that is harsh, but the little thing is $7, takes 30 seconds to set up and prevents all of this from happening.Just get a Blizz Authenticator! Hell, it's free for the iPhone!!!
6-04-2009 @ 7:37PM
Or you could save the seven bucks and be intelligent and vigilant with your login credentials.Cobra deserved what he got not because he didn't have an authenticator but because he was idiotic enough to enter his login credentials into a third-party site that was not Blizzard's.
6-04-2009 @ 7:55PM
I must point out that the Blizz Authenticator is sold out, so shame on Blizz for not having a million of these in stock at all times!If you run Windows, even if you are really careful with your account information, it is super easy to get key logged.
6-04-2009 @ 8:03PM
While I agree with your comments, I feel that I should point out that Blizzard only make the authenticators available to very select countries (i.e. not Australia :( ) I am lucky enough to have an iPhone so I have options, but some people don't.
6-04-2009 @ 8:02PM
Of course Blizz could just include an authenticator with every boxed set. I wouldn't be surprised if a cost/benefit analysis favored such a decision.
6-04-2009 @ 8:40PM
Mullen - That's an extremely narrow-sighted view you have. The cost of the authenticator is not the issue. I have spent hundreds of dollars on WoW over the last 4 (almost 5) years, NOT including the cost of maintaining a fluctuating number of accounts (usually 2, but up to 5 at times). However, the authenticator isn't available in my country (New Zealand, or in Australia, when I lived there for the past 6 years). The authenticator is not an option for everybody, and the alternative purchasing an iPhone solely to use the authenticator is ridiculous. If you have an iPhone, by all means use the functionality since its there. But the vast majority of the population of the world do NOT have iPhones (in fact, all those who do are such a small percentage it could be treated as a rounding issue within margin of error and statistics would then prove that nobody owns an iPhone! Ah.. statistics. They're wonderful).But seriously, being vigilant is the answer. The authenticator is only an option for some players, I believe in fact under 40% of the player base even qualify for purchasing these.
6-04-2009 @ 8:44PM
@HivetryantBlizzard *do* sell the Authenticator to Australia. Here I sit in sunny (lol) Sydney with my authenticator on my table, and my boyfriend's right beside me. We've had them for ages now. You have to select the non-US item from the Blizzard store. (There is one for US customers, and one for Canada-NZ-Australia etc).
6-04-2009 @ 8:53PM
@jannahttp://www.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=1100000443I don't know when it came out but it is out now. I did not mean to say that one should buy the iPhone just the authenticator, although it would be a nice perk.
6-04-2009 @ 8:57PM
Mullen - I will admit, I did last check several months ago. Its a shame they didn't email us to tell us (at least those of us with battle.net accounts) that they'd brought it out to our regions. :( Thanks for the heads up. I was more upset because I'd heard that argument so frequently before while Blizzard had given us no alternative.
6-04-2009 @ 9:01PM
Just ordered one.. ouch @ the $28 shipping! :)
6-04-2009 @ 11:47PM
Not everyone lives in the US! It's hard to acquire an Authenticator if you're from Asia like me. Also, we don't use iPhones here.
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