Securing WoW

Securing your account is important. I’m regularly amazed how many people do not have an authenticator. The token is cheap, and the iPhone/Android app is free. Having your character sharded and your guild bank raided is totally awful. If you can actively minimise the risk of that happening, why would you not do it?

Polar, owner of — the ratings website we use for the mandatory progress ranking in members’ avatars — is also keen on account security. He has a blog about securing WoW and was just interviewed in a podcast by warcraftsyndicate (website | direct download | iTunes).

Polar’s recently commented on his blog about:

  • patching Flash to avoid a new vulnerability
  • phishing
  • weak passwords
  • MMO-C’s recent sql-injection hack.

If you do not have an authenticator, get one, and if you want details on security risks in WoW then read more at securingwow.

How do you know someone has an authenticator?

Reader CS Penn here commented that it’s easy for an Officer to verify whether another player has the authenticator. They get a unique pet.

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4 comments to Securing WoW

  • Zao

    Yeah, getting hacked is really annoying.
    I got hacked for the first time about a year ago, after using the same username and Password for 4 years. (I still don’t know how exactly I got hacked)
    Got an Authentiactor for my iPhone shortly after. Only thing that bothers me, is that I can’t share my account with a friend of mine any longer.
    By the way: Being hacked was quite benefical to me, since the GM who restored the stuff to me gave me everything back double, which granted me like 30k gold in the end. (Not calculating in that I had interrupted the bots farming and had 3 stacks of titan ore on my druid when I logged in)

  • stoppableforce
    Twitter: stoppableforce

    We actually use Core Hound Pups for exactly that purpose. Once people ‘graduate’ from Recruit status, we have two ranks in our guild. They’re technically identical in terms of what people do – raiding priorities, etc. – but one is called Security Hazard and has zero guild bank access, while the other is called Raider and requires summoning your Core Hound Pup for an officer, at which point some guild bank access is granted (raid consumables, enchant mats, etc.) Officers, of course, are essentially required to have a Core Hound Pup, due to having access to the rest of the bank.
    The Core Hound Pup was actually a clever move on Blizzard’s part as far as encouraging people to get authenticators, but I almost wonder if they didn’t have something like that in mind – an in-game way to prove you’re protected.
    For anyone who’s thinking of adding an authenticator – the pups don’t always show up immediately, but they will come, and when they do, they’ll come by mail. Watch your mailbox!

    • Zao

      Well, it’s not “that” great.
      I could remove my iPhone app any day and would then loose my Core Hound pup (granted it’s not really an option if you actually paid for an authenticator). So if you don’t check it on a regular basis, I could just install it to show you the puppy and then deinstall it to go on with my accountsharing.

  • Gravity
    Twitter: gravitydk

    Oh yeah. Damn.

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