A recent NPC comic, The Protector, brought up the subject of account authentication, and several people left comments about their own authenticator experience. I want to hear more, so I figured, poll time!

Warcraftpets.com

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I didn’t get an authenticator until this winter. Up until December I played WoW exclusively on a Mac, so I was living in my “lalalala, I don’t have to worry about security (as much)” bubble. But then I got a Windows laptop and the Core Hound Pup was released as a promo available exclusively for authenticator users. I have an iPhone, and I’m a sucker for pets, so it was an easy decision. Why not?  I admit that the act of authenticating each time puts an extra step between me and my game. I always feel I have to rush to enter the current number before it disappears. But I have peace of mind, my guild doesn’t have to worry about me getting hacked and raiding their bank, and I have pretty sweet pet to add to my collection. If Blizzard is really concerned about security, I think they should put the USB dongle authenticators in every Cataclysm box.

Edit: A commenter pointed out that the Blizzard authenticators aren’t USB dongles, nor do they connect to your computer at all. They’re just small devices that you can attach to your key chain. Not sure why I was under the impression they were USB…still living in my “lalalala” iPhone/mac world I guess. :)