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WoW Real ID: A Really Bad Idea

By June 22, 2010

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WoW scams have plagued World of Warcraft players, both in-game and out. That's why it's been so surprising (and disturbing) to see Blizzard continually roll out changes that directly put gamers in harm's way.

In the Fall of 2009 Blizzard implemented a forced merge of World of Warcraft accounts into a single login through battle.net. This single login requires the user's current email address as the account/login name. It also merges all account activity, including CD keys, credit card or other payment method, physical addresses, and other related information.

In other words, a veritable pond of data for scammers to phish - and the only information they have to guess now is the password. The account name is pretty much there for the taking. Had your email account hacked? Better kiss your level 80 and WoW gold goodbye.

In January 2010, Blizzard followed up with solemn pronouncements such as "account security is one of our top priorities" and "keeping your account safe and secure is an important goal for us".

Unfortunately, talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. It's apparently not that important to them.

Despite Blizzard itself attesting that two of the top three most common account compromises originate from phishing and shared account information, they still opted to roll out Real ID.

Here are a couple of snippets about the new Battle.net Real ID program:

"...when you click on one of your Real ID friends, you will be able to see the names of his or her other Real ID friends, even if you are not Real ID friends with those players yourself."

"...your mutual Real ID friends, as well as their Real ID friends, will be able to see your first and last name (the name registered to the Battle.net account)."

"...Real ID friends will see detailed Rich Presence information (what character the Real ID friend is playing, what they are doing within that game, etc.) and will be able to view and send Broadcast messages to other Real ID friends."

And this is all cross-game, cross-realm, and cross-alts. Just what already heavily targeted players need, right? A merge of WoW/Battle.net/StarCraft with Facebook-style social networking? Facepalm might have been a better term to describe Real ID given its potential for scams. Especially since Blizzard rolled out the change without any provision to protect minors whatsoever:

Will parents be able to manage whether their children are able to use Real ID?
We plan to update our Parental Controls with tools that will allow parents to manage their children's use of Real ID. We'll have more details to share in the future.

Nice. So some time in the future, Blizzard might start looking at considering security seriously. In the meantime, the unmanaged Real ID program makes it even easier for scammers to socially engineer players AND it adds potential stalking to the list of concerns. With no provision to protect minors whatsoever.

Thanks, Blizz...Not!

Update: Common Misconceptions About RealID

Comments
June 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm
(1) chio says:

You forgot the line where ” Your Battle.net account name (your email address) is not displayed to other players through the Real ID friends list.”

Blizzard also has a physical token authenticator option for their Battle.net system, which (technically) makes your account much more secure.

For players like myself who have characters on several servers on both factions, I am much happier to have this functionality.

WoW/Starcraft/Battle.net have been social experiences through their entire existence – just as gaming ‘clans’ have been around forever.

If you hate the idea of paying ~$8USD for a Blizzard authenticator, then maybe you don’t value the things in your Battle.net account above that. If you do, I don’t see why it would be a poor investment, seeing as there are cocktails that are more expensive.

In the end, Real ID is also an optional program, so people who feel it’s not safe don’t need to participate.

June 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(2) Monkeytrist says:

Great idea. With proper privacy controls, I would love to try it out. Unfortunatly, with the inability to turn off “Friend of friend” and “Real Name”, I’ll wait until they add more controls.

June 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm
(3) Encho says:

chio said it all. Blizzard Real ID will make much of the social things easier. Like when we create a new character, how could I remember all my friends characters names at once and why shouldn’t I chat with them? (they’re still my friends, although I am playing with a lvl 1 character).

Blizzard is not taking security issues lightly. Through many years of experience and technology advances, I don’t think they would risk losing their top game and, probably, their largest $$ profit income.

June 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(4) IshaanCrucaide says:

Ok so I agreed with chio. First off, an authenticator is too easy to get. You can even get it on most cell phones.

Secondly I do believe that the author of this article has either never played wow and if he has I doubt he has made it to end game content or made 2nd or 3rd characters.

What a headache it is when you get tired of your level 80 shaman and make that level 1 priest and you realize that your friend is on vent but which toon is he on I don’t have him or his other 8 toons on this friends list.

Or you get to work and you hear people over talking about wow, and the question “O what server do you play on?” and then you respond with well yea I play on this server and I guess we can’t talk about anything in game because we’re on different realms.

Or perhaps your sibling plays but refuses to leave his lame gnome to come to the Winning side. But once again you can’t chat in game he a sad alliance.

The security measures are in place. You just can’t be special education and believe that the email sent by a 5th grade Korean trying to get you to log on to a fake website to steal your password is a fake.

And even if you do your best and still manage to get hacked, what you know blizzard will restore everything you lost, most often with a few fringe benefits to say they’re sorry.

Don’t hate on things you don’t know about!

June 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm
(5) Reality Hurts says:

Blizzard sucks. I hope all you fudge packer defending this latest blunder get hacked. The only reason you need to PAY for an authenticator is they made it painfully easy for your account to get hacked. More $$$ for the Blizzard trough. No wonder they’ve lost 300,000 subscribers in the last 3 months.

June 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(6) Rizerax says:

Actually, I think it’s a failing on Blizzard’s part that people even need an authenticator.

The thing that really gets under my skin is that they’ve made the feature useless by limiting it to the people that you both trust with your battle.net ID and your real name. The people that would fit into that category are people whom I already have cell phone numbers, address, and their real names; people that I don’t need Real ID to get in touch with.

I was looking forward to a feature similar to City of Heroes global friending; being able to friend an account and talk cross server using an alias, being about to be hidden if I just didn’t want anyone to bother me, and being able to use a feature that didn’t show’s me my friend’s friends (I really don’t care who my friend’s friends are, if they’re that great my friend will tell me about them.) I could live with this feature if it showed an alias, but I would still think it’s stupid. I guess the world is just too used to facebook, but even facebook allows you to turn that off.

I actually feel bad now because I did request global friending on the WoW suggestion forum. I just didn’t realize how screwed up it would be.

June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(7) Mary Landesman says:

Rizerax – You summed it up perfectly. The problem is not global friending; that’s a great idea and one I was looking forward to as well. The issue is the way in which it was done, exposing real names to complete strangers (i.e. friends of friends). Aliases would have been the perfect balance to a successful global chat feature.

Parental controls should have been rolled out simultaneously with Real ID as well.

IshaanCrucaide: I have multiple 80s, play on multiple realms, and have been playing since pre-BC/vanilla WoW. Security does not have to be sacrificed for the sake of convenience. That Blizzard chose to make that sacrifice is a /fail in my book.

June 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm
(8) Sparky says:

That people believe passwords = security is a tiring and outdated idea. Passwords came about nearly half a century ago, yet in this day and age people actually believe that an eight character word is all they need, and feel good. Then they answer every email and click on every link that is presented to them, oblivious.

Like it or not, we live in the year 2010, where some 85% of the world has access to the internet, and most of them don’t care what inconveniences WoW players, particularly if those very players don’t believe in security.

If you really think that even though Blizzard is going out of their way to sell you authenticators well below cost and shipping them for free, that you feel slighted by this, wake up. In the real world, people want to steal your password because your password = money.

Further, people WANT to have the Real ID system. It’s new, and anything new has its flaws, which will probably be sorted out. But it’s an opt-in thing, if you don’t want it or don’t like the level of security, simply don’t opt-in.

June 23, 2010 at 1:24 am
(9) Rob says:

Everyone basing and speaking ignorantly need to get facts straight and calm the nerd rage. First off, If you get hacked, Blizz makes it easy to get your toon/stuff back and help you secure your account. Secondly any MMO that gives you the flexibility to modify the UI has always had hardships with script hackers looking to trojan horse code. Thirdly the majority of people who get “scammed” are either incredibly stupid when they get a msg from someone named blizzzard telling them to go to http://www.myblizzaccount.ch because they are in violation of eula OR they got email hacked for trying to buy gold. It’s NOT blizzards fault that a LARGE majority of idiots do not have common sense even though Blizzard is constantly beating it over everyone’s head, over and over again.

June 23, 2010 at 3:50 am
(10) Mary Landesman says:

Rob, you mention nerd rage – that’s not an uncommon phenomenon on WoW. Except now the person who’s furious at his level 20 getting ganked at TM actually has your real name. And the real names of your friends. And the ability to extend that in-game anger to the real world.

Likewise, Real ID opens players up to stalking and social engineering attacks with far greater consequences than losing a lvl 80 and some gold (though that alone would suck). Getting the account hacked is the least of those players’ worries.

And while it might be tempting to believe that victims are “idiots” for being scammed, you’re grossly underestimating the sophistication of many of today’s SE techniques. The in-game spam might nab some low-hanging fruit, but far more are netted by scams that contain a multitude of personal information designed to trip up even the most wary.

You’re only as secure as your weakest link, and Blizzard has made it so that you’re exposing your real name to friends of friends and people you don’t even know. How well do you trust their judgment to choose wisely?

The toon/server name would have sufficed and made it a MUCH safer feature for all concerned. As it is, Blizzard continues to make design decisions that enable attacks on players, despite their pronouncements that security is important to them.

June 23, 2010 at 4:12 am
(11) Rabble says:

“Actually, I think itís a failing on Blizzardís part that people even need an authenticator. ”

Blizzard can’t control what you decide to click on/download/install. My account wasn’t hacked in the four or so years I was playing WoW without an Auth, so. And that’s without a regular password rotation or anything.

Simple things you can do:
1.) Don’t use public computers (i.e. LAN Cafes).
2.) Don’t use Google or other search engines to get to sites like Curse (people upload clones of the site and get them sponsored, said clones have virii in their downloads).
3.) Antivirus. Avast! works great.
4.) NoScript, or similar script blocker for your browser.

June 23, 2010 at 4:13 am
(12) Rabble says:

“Rob, you mention nerd rage Ė thatís not an uncommon phenomenon on WoW. Except now the person whoís furious at his level 20 getting ganked at TM actually has your real name. And the real names of your friends. And the ability to extend that in-game anger to the real world. ”

Except they need your account email. And you have to approve the friend request before they can see anything.

You could always stop ganking lowbies, too.

June 23, 2010 at 7:54 am
(13) Anne says:

Orrrr you know, maybe people just really need to learn how to not get phished? If you choose to enter your login information without double checking the URL of which webpage you are at, then blame yourself really.

Stop sharing your passwords with your best friends, don’t have stupid passwords like p4ssw0rd, naruto, ladygaga, hamster, etc. etc.

Why do the companies always get the blame for the customer’s idiocy? Oh right, the usual “WELL I SPENT MONEY!”.

I dislike how corporate Blizzard have become – what with the multiple attempts on appealing mainstream – like many others, but in terms of account security, I think the blame is on stupid people, not as much the system.

June 23, 2010 at 8:05 am
(14) TheRealArkayn says:

Ms. Landesman lays the blame on Blizzard for the compromised accounts that were a result of merged Battle.net accounts, but anyone with a shred of information security intelligence should know to use an email address and password exclusively for Battle.net. You had to learn to drive before operating a car, right? Learn to protect your ass before you use the Internet.

June 23, 2010 at 9:41 am
(15) RandyP says:

to my eye this is a good thing, if you could call anything with WoW good.

very simply, if your concerned about your own security dont use it; or be very selective or keep tabs on your child its not that hard.

June 23, 2010 at 10:30 am
(16) kij says:

Not to mention, in order to be real ID friends with someone, you have to give them 50% of your login information (ok, 33% if you have an authenticator). Doesn’t Blizzard warn us not to share our login information with anyone? And why should we only be able to chat cross-realm with our RL friends? I have their phone numbers. It’s my guildies and WoW-only friends that I have no other way to contact that this cross-realm chat feature would be best for. Replace the email address and real name with an alias, and I’m in.

June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am
(17) Gruff says:

It all comes down to knowledge. I have been playing for years and have yet to be phished. Maybe it’s because i’m not stupid and know a scam when I see one. If your stupid enough to not verify crap, you deserved to be phished IMHO.

June 23, 2010 at 11:36 am
(18) IshaanCrucaide says:

Ok, so you critics are all looking for a way to blame Blizzard for lack of security. Here are some facts you forget.

A) Wow is the #1 selling and subscribed to MMO on the market, and not by a small margin. What this translates to is hackers/scammers are going to target it, HARD.
If you don’t take precautions of your own its your own fault.

B) Blizzard has been very on top of its game on returning what is stolen. And will help restore what is lost

C) If you feel that a login/password reguardless of wheter its your email adress or a made up name is gonna be “secure” your an idiot. Everything from military encrypted sites to personal emails get hacked all the time. If someone wants to get at you they are going to do it. The authenticator is a brilliant idea and unless i’m mistaken they still have not been hacked yet, at least not on large scale.

D) As stated before it is an opt-in system. You don’t want to give out your email address to your “friends” don’t. Game on with no adverse affect to you.

E) As for the “Stalking” aspect, your facebook is more reveiling then a real-id. I’m assuming all you critics don’t have facebook if this is the worst security violation to come along.

F) Those worried about the idea of “Except now the person whoís furious at his level 20 getting ganked at TM actually has your real name. And the real names of your friends. And the ability to extend that in-game anger to the real world. ” I’m pretty sure that if you are ganking this person, he is not on your friends list, probably not even on any of your friends friends list. But lets say that for the sake of argument that he is. I will lay out an example for this situation.

Person getting ganked = Bob Smith
Mutal Friend = Joe Snuffy
You = You

Bob Smith gets ganked and camped by you. Getting frustrated by the situation he attempts to hunt you down in real life and begins scanning through his friends list. He see’s Joe Snuffy is friends with You (giving your RL name not your character’s) there is no way for him to connect the dots. He can see you are online but not what toon you are on or even what game you are playing. Bob Smith can seen nothing more then the fact that you and Joe Snuffy are friends.

Basically what this all boils down to is that all of the critics are either paranoid about something that is a good idea or are looking to blame a company that is truly trying its best to appease the public and keep your information safe while doing it. I’m sorry but you are wrong. I’m sorry you feel wronged by a company that has to be in charge of billions of people, but your anger is directed at the wrong people.

June 23, 2010 at 11:36 am
(19) asd says:

Well.. itís optional so either use it, or donít.

I donít suggest giving it to total strangers, but thatís just common sense to me.

June 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(20) Renzier says:

The problem with real ID is that it shows your real name. My wife (before I married her) had a very unique name. I know once public recodrs catch up to her with her new last name, she will be the only one on a zebra people search. With that, they have your phone number, address, email, and any other records they want to pull up. How secure is that?

June 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm
(21) antivirus says:

I’ve put together a list of common misconceptions about WoW Real ID. See: Common Myths About WoW Real ID.

And Renzier, you are exactly right.

June 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(22) Crystal says:

Real name and potential hacking issues aside for the moment … am I the only person who does NOT want all my in game friends whispering me across realms on all my toons? There will be nowhere to go and play quietly without people wanting to chit-chat, vent about stuff, and invite you to go places and craft things you don’t want to. Got my first ReadID request with a few minutes of signing on and turned it down.

June 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(23) Roger says:

It doesn’t take much common sense to see what a problem this is going to become. Blizzard deserves everything their about to get for creating this abomination.

June 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm
(24) B. says:

I love my wow friends but I don’t want them looking me up in real life. Worse than that I don’t want someone who wants to be more than a wow friend to be able to google my name and find me.

June 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(25) Stephen says:

Mary, I’m sorry to say that I feel your two articles don’t represent a fair and accurate account of the supposed dangers of this system.

You’ve over-exaggerated the “risks” and not done much to shed light on the reality of the situation. The fact is that a friend of a friend is exposed, at best, to a floating name that will mean absolutely nothing to them. You glean more personal info from retail workers wearing name badges than you’ll ever get from Real ID.

You can even use the system without ever giving out your email address.

There is a very Chicken Little attitude towards online anonymity. We give out our names every day, and think nothing of it. But yet when we play an online game, it’s a big deal.

June 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(26) Mary Landesman says:

>> You can even use the system without ever giving out your email address.

Sure…you can convince the other person to give you their battle.net address instead. The fact that players are coming up with this as a workaround speaks volumes. And it makes it even easier for SE to work.

Name tags in a retail environment isn’t comparable since retail workers aren’t exactly anyone’s target. Name tags in schools would be closer. Know why schools no longer use name tags for kids on field trips? Too many problems with kids getting socially engineered as a result.

Further, players in WoW often lose their temper. It may be due to ganking, it may be due to a raid wipe, it may be due to someone standing on top of an NPC, or something someone said in Trade. Real ID is the perfect means to take a virtual fight into the real world, in addition to the other risks it presents.

You can choose to ignore the risk, but ignoring it won’t remove it. Blizzard could have provided a cross-game/realm chat feature that kept it toon-based and not person-based, thereby preventing these very real problems. They made the choice not to preserve this basic concept of security; I made the choice to call them out over it.

June 26, 2010 at 11:03 am
(27) AngryExWowplayer says:

A LOT of posts were made – even a 94+ page-long thread, on the WOW forums about real ID concerns, which totally went ignored by blizzard, in the last few days. Instead, an apparently VERY ARROGANT Activision-Blizzard chooses to slap its customers in the face with this insult:

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/items/tinfoilhat.xml

As a long-time player, woman who has been harassed/stalked in her lifetime, I found this absolutely appalling and insulting and totally unacceptable to come from a supposed professional company. I quit wow and I will never again be playing another MMO and will be actively warning people against Activision-Blizzard. For any of you who value your privacy and still have common sense to see that this is an attack on our freedoms and privacy, please spread this around.

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/items/tinfoilhat.xml

June 29, 2010 at 7:52 am
(28) free1proxy says:

Everyone basing and speaking ignorantly need to get facts straight and calm the nerd rage. First off, If you get hacked, Blizz makes it easy to get your toon/stuff back and help you secure your account. Secondly any MMO that gives you the flexibility to modify the UI has always had hardships with script hackers looking to trojan horse code. Thirdly the majority of people who get ďscammedĒ are either incredibly stupid when they get a msg from someone named blizzzard telling them to go to http://software-1-security.blogspot.com/ because they are in violation of eula OR they got email hacked for trying to buy gold. Itís NOT blizzards fault that a LARGE majority of idiots do not have common sense even though Blizzard is constantly beating it over everyoneís head, over and over again.

June 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(29) Mae says:

I think Real ID is a good idea, at least you get to know who you’re playing with. Since the game is partially a social MMO, then why not extend the social interaction into another level. I also feel it will benefit the mature players in grouping with players of similar age. in my opinion, you may or may not agree, I find the younger players more hostile and offensive gamers opposed to mature players who are more stable, polite and committed.

July 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(30) Lila says:

I had my WOW account hacked last night and EVERYTHING, even my emblems of frost and triumph stolen, PLUS 12,500 G. My characters (10 of them) are mostly naked. They even took my guild tabards.

I use a MAC to play the game, NEVER EVER EVER answer whispers to go to get free prizes.. never go to links in any blizzard mail even, jus tin case it’s not really blizzard.
I don’t have an authenticator, but just two days ago my sister (in the same guild) got me into Real ID, where she could see me if I was on the opposite faction playing.

It seems like sort of a cooincidence that I was hacked so quickly after I got the real-ID. I have been playing for 4 years with no problem!

Luckily my sister was playing at 3 am and seeing that one of my characters was on spoke to me abotu fifty times, and “I” didnt’ answer.. then finally she saw that “I” had made a level 1 warrior character in Stormwind.. and she knew something was up. So SHE reported the whole thing to several GMS.. who I hope are taking care of it. I HOPE I will get my stuff including enchanting mats, and epic gear I “worked” really, really hard to get! Might make me throw in the game if I can’t get it back. Esp since I KNOW I didn’t do anything I wasn’t supposed to do to compromise my own security.

July 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm
(31) Lila says:

Oh, and I have 3 level 80 characters.. and HAD over 5000 Gear Score on all of them >:[ I also have 3 upper 70 alts. Who are mostly naked. And weaponless

July 3, 2010 at 6:34 am
(32) antivirus says:

Dang. I hope the GMs are able to get everything back for you. Please let us know how it turns out.

July 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(33) sfjuocekr says:

RealID is a blessing!

July 7, 2010 at 6:34 am
(34) ******* says:

I totally agree realid is a bad idea… but people posting nonsense doesn’t help the case of people who’d rather just play games under a screen name… that tinfoil hat is from april fools 2007 after the armoury was released.

Anyway, if i’ve met someone in real life i want them to know my name… what i don’t want is what’s happening now… all my friends from various realms asking me to be realid friends only to act like i don’t regard them as friends when i turn them down.

July 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(35) FStein says:

Blizz is now deleting posts and banning members who oppose this idea in their forums. The rate at which they’re deleting posts on their main forum page is amazing (go watch!).

Those few that praise it are of course allowed to remain.

July 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(36) Kassandra says:

Boy were you right– and people really need a more prominent link to the misconceptions. The handing over of your username is something you should simply NOT EVER DO. Handing out your real name online is the first thing I warn people of when they’re new to the network. It is beyond shocking what people can do with a name and a vague sense of location. Unique names moreso.

On top of everything else, this is a highly racially charged program, especially with the forced revelation of RealID on forums. People with names uncommon to the US on US servers will be easily singled out, especially those of higher economic standing who have their employment and contact information published as a matter of necessity in business. People with names common to the US will have the same cover of anonymity, and unrelated people will find themselves unwitting targets of hostility, as one M. W. of California has unfortunately already found out.

July 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(37) Melanie S. says:

Posting “nonsense”? You’re joking, right? This should be obvious, but no one thinks scenarios of Real ID abuse will be happening left and right. This is a situation where any risk, particularly when it is completely unnecessary, is totally unacceptable. Or are you so lacking in any human emotion, so lacking in friends, or so comfortable with your run-of-the-mill name and lifestyle, that all you care about is the trivial hassle Real ID may cause to you personally, not the needless suffering inflicted on people besides yourself? True, knowledgeable adults can simply not post and avoid using Real ID, but think of what will (not could) happen to kids and even teenagers with busy and not-so-tech-savvy parents. Do those kids deserve whatever might happen to them? And if you honestly think so, would you truly dare say as much under your own real name?

July 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(38) Saina says:

As everyone is either praising or disagreeing with Real ID, I would like to point out some simple fact:

-Real ID lets friend of friend see your real name. Friend of Friend is not my friend, they are strangers. I do not want some complete stranger knowing my real name and google me.

-Thereare already addons and scripts that can expose your real name and login email in game. Currently the only way to stop it is to disable Real ID.

-Real name on forum is a way to force you into silence. It’s a scare tatics for people speaking out against Blizzard/Activision.

-Since Blizzard directs all their players to post question/suggestion in forum so they can get support/feedback, customer service is largely provided by forum. Right now the customer service is already limited and almost to none, what will become of “customer service” after the change?

-People saying it’s no different than giving out your name in real life. IT IS NOT. You give out your name to targeted people, like your friends, your neighbors, your boss, your co-workers, your job interviewers, cashiers that handle your credit card. What Real ID does is expose your name to the entire internet, that’s more people than you will ever meet in a life span. And the wrost thing is you probably dont and won’t even know their names, unlike your friends, neighbors, boss, co-workers, job-interviewers, cashiers that have a name/face/place to associate with.

July 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(39) MaryMaryMary says:

Mary would like you to believe that the world is there to hurt you…Hey Mary…you post your name along with your articles…do people spend the time to hunt you down? my gosh…how do you function in the real world? Do you live under a rock or something? So someone gets your name…if they are willing to inflict bodily harm onto you then there are places for ppl like that to be put…why is it so hard for you to lose grip on total anonymity? If you have a friend, or part of a guild, do you not provide them your name, e-mail, other info? Take the tin foil hat off and stop being so paranoid as to believe everyone is out there to get you…my gosh…

July 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(40) Mary Landesman says:

Actually, I do have problems with crazy people on occasion, directly as a result of having a public profile. One of the first symptoms of a possible problem is when someone cross posts an ad hominem attack using different aliases.

Funny too, that someone who is complaining about people wanting to preserve anonymity would try to disguise their own identity as John Smith or MaryMaryMary.

I see youíre really from the 754th Electronic Systems Group, in Alabama. Huh. Gunter Air Force Base, right?

July 9, 2010 at 5:21 am
(41) _Flin_ says:

So you are ganking a lowbie kid in Stranglethorn because you had a bad day. Well, too bad that lowbie is a 6’6″ 220lbs biker that just came out of prison for assault and battery. He looks up your character name, and, guess what, there it is, a gem, hidden in the technical support forum, where you tried to help someone else with the solution to a problem you experiences. And guess what, your name is not so common, just 4 times in the US, and you are the only who has mentioned somewhere that he likes wow. And you live only 80 miles away. How convenient. So does your girlfriend, mother, daughter.

Real-ID is dangerous. Really dangerous. And not just because I am paranoid.

July 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm
(42) Melanie C. says:

I am happy to say that Blizzard has rescinded this FOR NOW. I had canceled all four accounts in my home, citing this as a security issue. The thing that truly upset me was that I had to AGREE to the new TOS to show the real ID before I could cancel. There was NO way to opt out of it. Just accept the terms.

Hopefully this won’t just appear one day after a patch day with some “tweaks”.

July 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(43) antivirus says:

Thanks for the head’s up, Melanie C. This is indeed good news. More details and link to blue post here.

July 17, 2010 at 2:46 am
(44) RANDY says:

I made a short animation mocking Real ID and used a rather bizarre but still kind of possible scenario to show it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEeVLcqfVmA

July 20, 2010 at 6:14 am
(45) Sindab says:

Real ID is a bad idea, because it shows your real name and your account name. I donít want to give out my real email address, donít want all kind of small stupid kids to spam chat me, every time I’m on, and too call me by my real name instead of my character name. when you have been playing for a long time on wow, you get to know a lot of players, now they can talk to you with their real name and if you are in a raid, it can be a bit confusing because you have to remember all the character that player have. This is just a way to put something like Face book into the game, and I donít think it belongs there. If people want to chat, more than playing the game, let them go to a Chat room.

August 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm
(46) Rado says:

Real ID is a bad idea, because it shows your real name and your account name. I donít

November 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(47) ed says:

chio isn’t smart at all.the hole purpose of keeping the hackers around and making it easier for them to hack your id. Is so Blizzard can sell the authenticators.i have asked blizzard to make it so only people on my buddy list and in my guild can pst me.because i am getting sick of hackers email in the in-game mail service.pst me.and i got a add-on named badboys to stop the personal text-ing.some thing blizzard should do for me.But no.If they get rid of the hackers.Then they cant sell there authenticators.Now can they???Blizzard is behind the hacker problem.If they get rid of the hackers then they cant make money off from you.Get a dam clue!!!!i have seen better security on yahoo.And that’s a free service.on top of it all it link them to like face-book.and face book give out all kinds of info with out asking you.like you email that people are claiming the hacker can’t get from the real ID.from there on you are hacked.your email.your wow and anything else.blizzard made so not only are they hacking you wow but now other account.all through the real id.

January 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm
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