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Account security these days is something of a hot topic. Seems like everyone is going around donning their +5 Tinfoil Hats of Increased Detection.
While World of Warcraft is no different than any other MMORPG as far as account thefts are concerned, its size does seem to attract a lot of.. Unwanted guests.
So it's no surprise that Blizzard devised a strategy to deal with the threat of account theft. Their solution? A $7 digital Authenticator (Or those with $300 phones, a free mobile application).
I won't go into the mobile app, because as far as I'm concerned, it's a very good app that does what it says it does. Plus, it's free. You can't argue with free.
My concern stems with the physical Authenticators, ones you have to pay for.
I could start by saying "I've never had my account hacked / I've been hacked", but that's just pointless. Suffice it to say, I take good care of my account security as best as anyone can.
Buying an Authenticator was basically for the peace of mind. And you know what they say, you can't put a price on peace of mind.
That being said, I will get to the bread and butter off this topic.
First and foremost, ordering an Authenticator was quick and easy. All my credit card info was already stored so all I had to do was click "Check out" and "Confirm".
It took them 4 days just to ship the item and another 3 days to arrive. But since my account is frozen, I didn't mind this.
The package was a simple bubblewrap-lined manila envelope from Activision-Blizzard. Nothing fancy. The Authenticator itself was in a tiny white box with no markings of any kind. A simple rectangular cut-out showed off the Authenticator's Display. The box was simple and cheap. Removing the Authenticator from the box, you will notice it is wrapped in a simple plastic film. Not very tough, but flexible. The film is unlikely to deter anything other than fingerprints to the display itself and I wondered what the reason was for even including such a item, but I digress.
The Authenticator is 2 and 2/16ths of an inch at its width and and 1 inch at its height. That is to say, it is very small and easy to misplace. It is rectangular in shape, with smooth; rounded edges. At the end of the Authenticator resides a very cheap, and poorly made keychain.
The Authenticator itself features a simple "World of Warcraft" logo, at a small angle. To the side, nearest the keychain is a Core Hound; which is the in-game pet you receive for activating the Authenticator itself.
Atop the Authenticator is a simple; large black-button. To the Right is the LCD display. Pressing the button generates a string of numbers that lasts for 10 seconds, at which point they vanish and you will have to generate another key.
The graphic on the Authenticator is a simple sticker, covered in a thin hard plastic, slightly harder than laminate and more resistant to scratches, but it still scratches fairly easy, especially if stored in a drawer with other items. Upon receiving my Authenticator, it already had a large; very noticeable scratch on it.
On the reverse side of the Authenticator and etched into the plastic is the manufacturer's Website address and name. It reads "www.vasco.com". Under it is the US patent number "4.599.489 & 4.609.777 respectively).
Adjacent from this information is a simple white sticker. On the sticker is your serial number which is used to register the Authenticator to your account (or remove it), a barcode, And a simple note stating "Made in China"
There's the basics of the Authenticator. All-together, not very impressive.
Now for the review.