Oh boy. Most of us are the walking dead after BlizzCon
, but let's get back to something resembling normalcy with a Queue
. We're going to start off today with an important matter concerning authenticators and account security, then move on to a bit of WoW.com
business and Onyxia. I'd also like to direct attention to two really good comments from the last column re: technical issues, Shadow
's and Logarth
's.Zerounit asks... I recently got an Authenticator in the mail and I noticed something while I was inspecting it: there appears to be no way to open it short of cracking it open with large objects. Is there a battery life on these? If it stops giving me my magic codes, will I have to get a new one?
I got an authenticator for my own use recently and have to admit I hadn't thought to look into the battery life, which is a very good question indeed. A dead authenticator means you have no way of getting into the game (or even into your online account) without official help from Blizzard.
Turns out the little security doodads are manufactured by a company named Vasco
, and after poking around their website, I'm reasonably certain that Blizzard authenticators are a variant of Vasco's DIGIPASS GO 6 model
. What makes me so sure? The GO 6 model page is the only one accompanied by an article on fraud and hacking in online gaming. They don't come right out and say that Blizzard is a customer, but unless Hello Kitty Online
is a bigger hive of scum and villainy than even we gave it credit for, you don't have to be a genius to figure out that World of Warcraft
figures prominently in MMORPG account theft.
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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Features, Account Security, The Queue