SOE Learns Its Lessons: The SOE Authenticator Available For Sale
After Sony Online Entertainment was being hit by hackers all of its subscribers suffered dearly for the lack of security on SOE’s side. Looks like SOE learned its lessons after all: Fan Fairy 2011 brings announcement of SOE Authenticator being released to ensure account security for all SOE Station accounts. The thing is similar to the device used by Blizzard for World of WarCraft accounts security and will provide its user with a unique, one-time authenticator code (PIN) to use in conjunction with the account’s regular password. How – according to SOE – the thing will work?
There will be physical authenticator devices available for sale right now at SOE.com (9.99$ for USA, and that’s including shipment – overseas orders will cost more), and mobiles applications for iPhone and Android available for free, though they aren’t ready yet. When you get either one of these you’ll be prompted to enter a one-time unique six digits number into your Station account along with your regular password. So, in theory, even if someone steals your account information they won’t be able to access your account without having your Authenticator at hand.
That still leaves open a question on how should you protect your account if you don’t have iPhone or Android and don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money just for the sake of shipping a random number generator with Everquest 2 art on it. I am myself not sure how well this thing will improve security of our accounts, but it’s certainly going to improve SOE’s financial balance.