authenticator

Beginners' Tips Series!

Now, more than ever before, people have tons of data about themselves stored online. We have information in emails, bank accounts, social media, and countless other places. And at no other time has all of this data been more at risk.

While we cannot prevent the Targets and Home Depots of the world from being breached and exposing our credit card data, there are some measures that we can take in to help secure our information.

One of the easiest and most effective ways of doing that is by setting up two-step verification in our online accounts, like our Microsoft account.

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Two-step authentication, the process whereby you use more than just a password to verify an account, is increasingly an important security tool desired by not just enterprise but consumers. Google has had with Gmail for a few years now, and Microsoft is on the cusp of releasing their version as well.

LiveSide.net is reporting that the service will be integrated into existing Microsoft Accounts (Outlook.com, Hotmail, etc.) though those with linked accounts may have to un-link and the re-link them to get it to work.

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For all you World of Warcraft or Starcraft II basement dwellers who've been yearning for an "official" Battle.net Authenticator, good news as you can go and grab it now:

"Protect your Battle.net account with Blizzard's official Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app for your Windows Phone 7 device. The Battle.net Mobile Authenticator is an optional tool that offers an additional layer of security to help prevent unauthorized account access. Each time you log in to a Battle.net account, you’ll use the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator to generate a unique, one-time use password to use in addition to your regular password. Log in with both and you can rest easy knowing that the account is more secure against unauthorized access."

Rumor has it it's as good if not better than the iPhone/Android versions. There are two other third party authenticators in the Marketplace, one from Velocity Studios ($0.99) and Robert Garfoot (free). Since we don't use Blizzard for, well, anything, we'll leave it to you to discern the finer points. Version 1.0 came out three days ago and version 1.1 just went live today, so support seems to be pretty solid.

You can grab it here in the Makretplace or check our Blizzrd's blog. (Thanks, William R., for the heads up)

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