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06-11-12, 06:10 PM
With Blizzard finally ramping up to launch its long-promised (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/08/diablo-3-will-let-you-buy-and-sell-items-for-real-world-cash/) and oft-delayed (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/blizzard-delays-diablo-iii-real-money-auctions-indefinitely/) real-money auction house forĀ*Diablo III this week, the company has announced that players using the new feature will need to have two-factor authentication enabled on their accounts for security purposes.

According to the game's newly updated terms of service (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5594218404#1), players that want to add or remove money from their Battle.net account balance will first need to sign up for a free Mobile Authenticator app (http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/battle-net-mobile-authenticator-faq) on their smartphone or order a physical keychain authenticator, which can be purchased for $6.50 (plus shipping) (http://us.blizzard.com/store/search.xml?q=authenticator). These authenticators generate a unique, constantly rotating, account-linked numeric code that players enter in addition to their standard password, to ensure that only the person with the authenticator can use the associated account.

While some forum-goers have claimed their Diablo III accounts were hacked despite their using an authenticator, Blizzard says (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5149181449) it has yet to receive a confirmed report of a hacked account that had an authenticator attached to it. The company says it understands the minor hassle this two-step login process will cause for auction-house users, but says the move will "help ensure that players have a positive experience when using the real-money auction house" and "help foster a safer auction house environment for all of our players."

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