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Guild Wars 2: Two Factor Authentication Beta Begins

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,583MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

ArenaNet has announced that, effective immediately, Guild Wars 2 players can take part in the new beta of a two-factor authentication system. Players can download and install an authenticator program for a desktop PC or Mac and/or Android and iPhone mobile platforms. The new authentication system is designed to protect player accounts from hackers.

Mobile two-factor authentication is an alternative means of securing your Guild Wars 2account, and like e-mail authentication, is optional but strongly encouraged. Rather than sending you an e-mail when unauthorized login attempts occur, the game (or any of our online web sites) will prompt you for a six-digit number any time you log in to a Mobile Authenticator-protected account. Using a freely available app on three major smartphone platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows Phone – you can obtain the correct six-digit number unique to your account. These numbers change every 30 seconds and can only be used once; this ensures that without your mobile device, an attacker would not be able to compromise your Guild Wars 2 account.

Read more on the Guild Wars 2 site.

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Comments

  • LydonLydon Cape TownPosts: 2,913Member Uncommon
    Sweet! Been waiting for this.

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  • NadiaNadia Canonsburg, PAPosts: 11,866Member Common
    im happy w the ip checking thats already offered but this is a better option
  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,182Member Uncommon
    Yep, definitely needed.
  • SanguinelustSanguinelust Plainfield, NJPosts: 801Member Uncommon
    8 digits would be better but I'll settle for 6.
  • forktongueforktongue DoncasterPosts: 23Member

    Hmmn I aint worried about the account being hacked.........

    I am dissapointed with all the bots that there are in this game perma ban the lot.

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  • drtack1drtack1 jacksonville, FLPosts: 253Member
    ^ I agree, On the plus side, ANET would make more money if the botters re-buy the game lol. Or ina  worst case scenario more accounts will be hacked......
  • nsignificnsignific ljPosts: 212Member
    Originally posted by forktongue

    Hmmn I aint worried about the account being hacked.........

    I am dissapointed with all the bots that there are in this game perma ban the lot.

    Bots run on hacked accounts, you HAVE to realize this?

    So they're a directly related problem. It means they ARE dealing with bots.

  • XasapisXasapis VolosPosts: 5,561Member Uncommon
    Already switched to the new system.
  • XMVFXMVF Roowland Heights, CAPosts: 1Member
    ALIEN SCIENCE
  • ScorpionOneScorpionOne Mechanicville, NYPosts: 190Member Uncommon
    This is why I love ArenaNet.  They still give a damn about their customers.  It's not a perfect solution.  But it's a step in the right direction.  Kudos to ArenaNet for this approach.  I just installed it and used it on my accounts.  Just so awesome.

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  • TeknoBugTeknoBug Calgary, ABPosts: 2,156Member

    Good, 11,000+ accounts hacked not long after GW2 was launched and still counting TODAY. Stuff like this should become a standard in MMO games now.


    I bet you the amount of bots would be drastically cut down as well, since many of the bots are run on stolen accounts.

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  • DragonantisDragonantis DublinPosts: 974Member
    Switched and it works like a charm, thanks Anet :)
  • VannorVannor YorkshirePosts: 2,968Member Uncommon

    I'll wait until it isn't a beta...

    Beta and security are not words that should be put together.

  • orbitxoorbitxo fort lauderdale, FLPosts: 1,405Member Uncommon

    ok- odd but i looked up for the app on my iphone and couldnt find it- they actually didnt even say the apps name on the story.

     

    what am i missing here!???

     
  • halflife25halflife25 Toronto, ONPosts: 737Member
    Originally posted by Vannor

    I'll wait until it isn't a beta...

    Beta and security are not words that should be put together.

    Yea me too. I will wait till final release.

  • LeononaLeonona aarhusPosts: 225Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by orbitxo

    ok- odd but i looked up for the app on my iphone and couldnt find it- they actually didnt even say the apps name on the story.

     

    what am i missing here!???

     

    Google Authenticator for iPhones and Android.

     

    I got it installed on my android phone and it's working great.

  • Zen_BladeZen_Blade Folsom, CAPosts: 106Member Common
    Originally posted by orbitxo

    ok- odd but i looked up for the app on my iphone and couldnt find it- they actually didnt even say the apps name on the story.

     

    what am i missing here!???

     

    After you go to the link in the article and login, the app links are presented to you right there.

     
  • jayartejayarte LancasterPosts: 450Member
    What if you don't have a smartphone?
     
    It would be better to use the same method which google uses for gmail and google+.  You give them your mobile number and if you, or someone else, logs into your account from a different IP, they will send a code to your phone to verify it's you and not a hacker.  They also send one periodically even if you're logging in from the same IP add.  No need for an app, no need for a smartphone.  
     
    People shouldn't make assumptions about what technology someone owns, especially if it's a company trying to improve security.
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