Authenticators - less effective than the pill at preventing... penetration?
OK, I openly admit to a blatant provocative title. I started the night with a Tol Barad that was a terrible loss and a waste of time (as in, a waste of time because I could have been doing a REAL BG) but then Lush, Shab, Gutsy and I went and did WSG. And it was a great game! The DK capped the first one, then Lush sprinted down with the second one and got Quick Cap, and I said "Oh, man I want to get that!" So the boys let me grab the flag and I sprinted down and then some alliance picked up the flag and my hopes were dashed. But I continued to run. I ran up the ramp, picked up the boots - what the hell, might as well, right? - and as I ran, someone returned the flag! So I capped and got a Quick Cap too WOOO! Shab and Lush also got Warsong Expedience. I don't know how they got that when the game says it went for 8 min...
So Gutsy and I laughed how I did even less healing than a rogue in that battleground (I think I was... 8th? LOL) so we decided to queue again and surprisingly got a queue even though it was 10 minutes till shutdown. Isle of conquest. Great.
Amazingly we broke down a wall! I've never thrown myself over the wall with a catapult before! I didn't know you could do that :) And Lushnek threw himself over as well with my catapult and got Back Door Job. I dunno why but that achievement always cracks me up... :P
Anyway, server went down before we could do anything and I thought hell this is as good a time as any to get my authenticator. So my account, my gold, my collection... are secure. Or are they?
There seem to be a whole lot of stories of people still getting hacked with authenticators. Look at this article from examiner.com titled "Diablo III - An authenticator still gets you hacked" by Mark Casino. And then this forum on the D3 forums about Hack Refund. And this quote from gameusd.com article:
Can WoW Authenticator Prevent being hacked? The immediate and short answer is no. The reason is that the WoW authenticator is a mathematical equation. Meanwhile, any mathematical code can be hacked. Just like your accounts password.
So, why did I put this authenticator on if it wasn't going to ensure my safety? It sounds like it's about as reliable as the oral contraceptive pill which is 99% guaranteed to prevent pregnancy. Scary, right? So why bother? I've had my account for years and I've never been hacked yet. I wonder why? Am I just lucky? Or am I just boring? Or am I doing something right? Who knows, and I should just thank my lucky stars I never have had that issue.
I suppose nothing is failsafe. I can only do as much as I can to prevent loss of my precious vanity items, gold and hard worked for gear. Think about why the pill doesn't work. If you're on antibiotics, the absorption of the hormones from the pill can get stuffed up so you still ovulate. If you forget to take it, well, that's just asking for it not to work. So, I should be looking at my account security like that. I'll think of buying gold and other third party stuff as antibiotics, and leaving the authenticator lying around as forgetting to take the pill. Nothing in the world is truly without risk, or safe, and everything we do for safety is to maximises our chances of prevention of bad things.
So what else can I do to secure my account?
Yes, yes don't let other people login or login from other computers because you don't know what nasty spyware or keylogging things they have on there. Don't let your family members download a whole heap of crap onto your computer because you don't know what nasty bugs and viruses are going to get into your system. Don't buy gold from gold sellers. Change your password frequently - I mean, come on, seriously? I know we're supposed to do that for everything but damn, do you think I have a fantastic memory that I can memorise all my different passwords especially if I'm changing them all the time? And I'm not supposed to write them down either, so how is that going to help me when I've forgotten my new password for the umpteenth time! And of course, if a hacker hacks your email account and gets a few personal details on you, then they can essentially remove your authenticator from your battle.net and reset your password and play havoc with your toon.
So. Remind me again why I got an authenticator?
Because it has a pet. Plain and simple. But I can't take pretty pics of him until the servers come back up. Damn you Tuesday for making me put an authenticator and write a rambly post :P