Okay, so it looks like they’ve released an authenticator application that works for all sorts of different phone types in all sorts of different countries.
To get to the website where you can download these applications, you can click here to go to the mobile store.
For phones in the US, it looks like they only work for AT&T, Celular one, and Sprint phones. My phone is verizon, so it won’t let me purchase one for my phone. It looks like I should be able to download ringtones & wallpapers for a Verizon phone, so I’m not sure why the authenticator wouldn’t work with them.
For other countries, they have different lists of cell phone operators, so you should check to see if your phone will qualify for the authenticator.
Fortunately for me, I have one of the original key-ring authenticators that I’ve had for over a year – so I don’t really need the cell phone application one. However, being able to carry it around with you on your phone at all times seems pretty handy (unless you are also prone to losing your phone). I got my authenticator after my account got hacked. I blame checking forums on the campus computer for my compromise, since they didn’t seem to have my e-mail address to go along with it. However, I haven’t had any problems with my account (or my authenticator) since I got it. If you get some sort of serial number with the authenticator application, remember to record the code and keep it in a safe place for removing it if your phone breaks or something else happens to it.
Especially after the infection scare I had on my blog last week, I’d like to take this moment to really suggest that you get an authenticator in one form or another (either through the cell phone application, the seperate iphone application, or ordering one of the key-ring versions at the Blizzard store which doesn’t require having the right kind of phone). No one’s computer is ever safe from evil hackers, not even under the best circumstances. Protecting your account with an authenticator is just one in the many layers of protection that you should be using to protect your Warcraft account (and your computer in general!).
NOTE: Since the service just came out, trying to get it for the next day or two may be a little tricky (WoW players have a way of swarming things), but keep trying if the service goes down during Tuesday server maintenance or something…