RMAH and Authenticator: Free Option

General Discussion
There are a good number of people complaining about the requirement of the Authenticator to use aspects associated with the RMAH. While this is odd considering the RMAH is completely optional, only items of actual value will be sellable and smartphone penetration is about 50%(higher if you look at the tech-savvy segment), people are complaining none-the-less.

There is a perfectly good, free option available to anyone with a PC, which should cover most playing D3, which can be found here: http://code.google.com/p/winauth/

Before you let your mind start going nuts about viruses, hackability and other craziness, lets put a few things to rest:

1. The code is made completely available to you so that you may compile a copy for yourself. Review the code before you decide to go into a tizzy about this being a virus.

2. This is based on the Mobile App and uses the exact same code and key generation as the mobile app. The numbers created cannot be controlled by the end user.

3. Many people have reviewed and used this and have had no security issues at all because of it.

4. Keyloggers will not pick-up the codes generated. If you are infected with a keylogger, the only thing that will be picked up are code entries that would have been picked up even if you were using the keyfob or phone-based app.

5. Blues have commented on this, and while they do not officially support it, they do recognize that it is safer than no authenticator. Link: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2569217651

6. You account is flagged as having an Authenticator so it will work with the RMAH.
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The Blizzard authenticator is free. Why bother with this?
Blizzard not only does not support it, they do not encourage it and warn against it in the FAQ.

As you may have already seen from the small related section on the creator’s website, you can use the program if you wish, but I should make clear that we obviously won’t endorse it nor support or encourage its use.

Our physical token Authenticators would definitely be more secure than any program of this kind (so if account security is your main concern then you’d probably do best with one of those), but if you’re just looking for a small additional layer of protection against phished data and the like then you’re welcome to make use of it at your own risk. :)


From the FAQ
Using a third-party authenticator, such as an authenticator application that runs on a PC, is potentially unsafe because the application exists on the same platform as the game client and your login information may be intercepted without your knowledge.

For similar reasons, using the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator on a mobile device that has been modified (usually referred to as "jailbroken" or "rooted") may also increase your risk of account compromise. You should use only an official Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator (you can review our list of supported platforms) to protect your Battle.net account. For more information, refer to our Account Security Awareness website.
Blizzard not only does not support it, they do not encourage it and warn against it in the FAQ.

As you may have already seen from the small related section on the creator’s website, you can use the program if you wish, but I should make clear that we obviously won’t endorse it nor support or encourage its use.

Our physical token Authenticators would definitely be more secure than any program of this kind (so if account security is your main concern then you’d probably do best with one of those), but if you’re just looking for a small additional layer of protection against phished data and the like then you’re welcome to make use of it at your own risk. :)


From the FAQ
Using a third-party authenticator, such as an authenticator application that runs on a PC, is potentially unsafe because the application exists on the same platform as the game client and your login information may be intercepted without your knowledge.

For similar reasons, using the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator on a mobile device that has been modified (usually referred to as "jailbroken" or "rooted") may also increase your risk of account compromise. You should use only an official Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator (you can review our list of supported platforms) to protect your Battle.net account. For more information, refer to our Account Security Awareness website.


I covered both those points already.
06/08/2012 08:42 PMPosted by MutantMonkey
There are a good number of people complaining about the requirement of the Authenticator to use the RMAH.


This is wrong.

An Auth will be required to use b.net balance. You can still cash out with a CC or Paypal without one.

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