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10-27-2011 @ 11:50AM
I found this little nugget interesting: "In addition, the Guild Master's Battle.net account must be protected by a Battle.net Authenticator or a Battle.net Authenticator that has been active for at least three days (starting at the time of the first Authenticator-protected login to the game) before a guild service can be initiated. If additional security-related requirements apply to your character, they will be brought to your attention when you initiate a guild service."I've never had a problem with a hacked account in over 5 years of subscribed service; and i don't have an authenticator. Nor do i feel inclined to get one. I suppose this caveat is designed to avoid hacked guild master accounts from being transferred, but it still seems onerous to 'force' someone to buy an additional service/component when there's no actual need for it in the first place.Yet another bureaucratic barrier to accessing service; sigh. occupy wow street.
10-27-2011 @ 1:25PM
Really? I think it's a good security measure. To be fair if a guild master is going though the trouble to transferring a whole guild instead of starting a new one, they almost definitely have an authenticator. I have an authenticator attached to my account and don't pay a dime for it. It would immensely suck if you had a bank alt guild and have it transfered away because the account was compromised.I think you are over dramatizing a really positive barrier for the service.
10-27-2011 @ 3:15PM
the key word is "barrier".i'm fine if other people feel the need for an authenticator to safeguard their accounts; but i don't need it. never have. and i'd like to be able to rename my bank alt guild. sadly, i can't take advantage of the service without also buying something i don't want or need.that's my point. i don't think there's any drama to it except what you read into it for some reason. i also think it's interesting that you've done research on all guilds to determine that they all 'almost definitely' have authenticators. really?as for "good security measure", i guess that's true; but it's actually a redundant device for those of us who know how to manage our computer/internet security without such things.
10-27-2011 @ 4:39PM
As I see it, it's been reported that some people who steal accounts slap an authenticator on it to keep the original owner from changing the password and getting it back.If so, I can see this as a reasonable solution:1) Authenticator is required to prevent a guild master without one from getting hacked and the guild moved.2) Minimum of three days of owning one required to prevent the "hack+authenticate" tactic. (I guess this assumes the person who owns the account has time to contact Blizzard before the hacker can move the guild.
10-27-2011 @ 4:42PM
it's only 'reasonable' if you can't manage your own account's safety. otherwise, it's a play for more people to buy the authenticator who don't need/want it. it's a hidden cost; or a barrier to accessing the guild services.it's pretty obvious. your rationale for authenticators is an old argument; which i understand, if i don't agree. but it's not germane to my O.P.
10-29-2011 @ 12:51PM
1.) You don't need to buy an Authenticator if you have a smartphone: there's a free app.2.) I used to think the same way you do: that the only people who get hacked are careless ones. Then my account was compromised--and I've STILL never figured out how. No keyloggers, no way I could have been phished, a password that's not an actual word and involves both letters and numbers, etc. You bet your ass I have an Authenticator now.
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