Quote: Originally Posted by chaosity
at Jun 27, 2012 10:02 pm
BTW, I always wondered... how do you log into the game if you misplaced your "authenticator", especially when you don't have a "smart phone"...
Also, not like Authenticator matters... it's already been proven that it's useless, most high tech hackers still goes through it with ease...
The majority of "hacked" users are users who don't use authenticators. Obviously you aren't 100% protected, but it reduces the chances. I don't know. I've never lost my authenticator (my iPod Touch). I'd assume you can reset it some how on the website. Most "high tech hackers" don't bother "hacking" Diablo 3 accounts. Most of the time it's people falling for phishing e-mails anyway, and that's the users fault.
The "hacking" ("compromising" is probably a better word, since no real "hacking" is going on) being seen in D3 is no different than what World of Warcraft players have been seeing for five years or so. The sad thing is, if no one bought game currency (gold, credits, whatever) from these third-party companies, then essentially no account compromises would be occurring. Compromises not done by gold selling companies are very rare indeed. They strip one player to sell to another, because it's much more efficient than "farming" gold. They still farm some of course, but they do it purely with compromised accounts.
If you have the physical or mobile authenticator (both of which major banks use and charge $30+ for) the chances of you being compromised are very, very small. I've personally examined the MSInfo files of nearly all of the handful of WoW players who have actually been compromised through an authenticator, and the sheer number of backdoor programs and other malware on their systems has been mind boggling. Probably not coincidentally, these same people were also running a disturbing number of file-sharing and download programs, including ones which are commonly known to not be safe.