Blizzard has officially announced that they have released a new security tool, the Blizzard Authenticator, for your World of Warcraft account.
The Information page at their website explains ALL the details.
An OPTIONAL, physical keychain dongle much like a USB flash drive that you carry with you… that has an internal chip with a unique digital code.
When you buy the Blizzard Authenticator, for $6.50, you log into your Account Security, you associate this optional device with your account, and BOOM!
You will be able to use it anywhere, traveling, shared internet facilities, you name it. If you don’t have your key, you can’t get into your account…
If the damned hackers don’t have your physical damn key, they CAN’T HACK YOU!!!!
God bless you, Blizzard. God bless you.
I be ordering two as soon as I get home.
EDIT: No, I won’t, because the news is so bleeding edge they ain’t in the store yet. But I’ll be watching daily until they are in there… the announcement says they will be at the Paris conference, and then available at the Blizzard store “in the near future”.
Second EDIT: A little more info on the system… this apparently isn’t going to be an actual, plug into the computer, USB kind of key dongle such as I use for some of my engineering systems.
Instead, apparently it uses a system that many banks have implemented called SecurID, which consists of a key generator that changes the key code it generates regularly.
When you set it up with your Blizzard account, it will ‘sync’ it’s internal seed generator with Blizzard. So when you try to log in, you will be directed to input your current code… you’ll rpess a button on your keychain dongle, and the code will be generated right then, viewed on teh dongle screen display, and only be valid for a very short time, perhaps a minute. And you’ll type it in. Blizard will have their seed synced to yours, so it’ll know wqhat it should have been…
So even if you had a keylogger, or a virus… the key you typed in goes dead a minute later.
Interesting system… I want one, damnit.
Edit again… PIC! Plus, I’m including a PDF brochure from the actual device manufacturer I’ll host here… based off the “G06” data you can see from the back of Blizzard’s Authenticator picture… vasco_dp_go6_brochure.pdf