Blizzard forces two-factor authentication for Diablo III real-money auctions
With Blizzard finally ramping up to launch its long-promised and oft-delayed real-money auction house forDiablo 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, 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 on their smartphone or order a physical keychain authenticator, which can be purchased for $6.50 (plus shipping). 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 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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