Most of you have probably already been notified of the changes being implemented on the official forums regarding account security. Besides changing your password (regularly, as they suggest), the other option that will be available to us will be the custom branded Security Authentication Key:
Just like any other user account you have, changing your The Old Republic password on a regular basis is one of the simple measures you can take to protect your personal information. Another way to ensure a secure account is to get the official custom branded Security Authentication Key, available in the Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition. The Collector’s Edition is still available in limited quantities at select retailers. Watch for more information on other ways to obtain The Old Republic Security Key soon!
So, what does it do?
Essentially, the authenticator adds a supplemental authentication method to your account. Once activated, you will be required to use the code generated by the authenticator, in addition to your normal password, to log into the game. BioWare hasn’t given us any specifics about availability yet, or even how they will be used (i.e., will we need to use it every single time we log in?), but have promised that such information is forthcoming.
Blizzard has a similar authenticator, and runs a promotion to encourage folks to pick them up by tethering their purchase to unlocking an in-game pet. The World of Warcraft-branded authenticator retails for $6.50 USD, which leads me to believe that BioWare’s will be competitively priced. I wouldn’t mind getting a baby Rancor Monster in-game by buying one, but that’s probably a pipe dream for the time being…
So, why should you get one?
Well, it seems that no company is safe these days when it comes to targeted hack-attacks. Have you checked your Steam account security, lately? With as big as SWTOR will most likely be, SWTOR will be no exception. The authenticator adds a bit more peace of mind. I’m hoping to see a Mobile Authenticator App made available as well, for those who prefer not to use the keyfob.
I’ll be curious to see if EA tries tethering the authenticator to their Origin service as well, and if people would welcome that move in light of the Steam shenanigans.
Would you jump at the chance to order one of these separately? Would you expect an in-game reward, similar to what Blizzard has done? Would you prefer to wait for a mobile version of the same thing?
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