Real ID & Authenticator Changes

Posted by Jimmy "DJTyrant" Blocksom at 09 October 2010 06:05
Blizzard has been busy this week with a few announcements about the Real ID system and the authenticator system used to help secure accounts.

Blizzard is implementing changes to their controversial "Real ID" system and is now allowing users to opt out of the Real ID system completely along with opting out of the Facebook integration and hiding their name from friend of friends lists.

Screenshot of the new Real ID options (click to view larger)

Blizzard's official announcement is below:

We'd like to make you aware of the new Real ID-related privacy options we've introduced to These options provide Real ID users with additional tools for customizing the service based on their preferences, enabling the ability to opt in or out of the Real ID "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features or to turn off Real ID altogether.

Real ID offers an optional, convenient way for keeping in touch with real-world friends you know and trust, whether they're playing World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or one of our future games. The "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features provide you with even more options to stay connected while you play by making it easier for real-life friends to locate each other on You can easily enable or disable these features through your privacy settings by logging in to your account at

Blizzard also changed the amount of accounts that can be associated with an authenticator to only one. This is to help protect against account theft which has been prevalent in World of WarCraft accounts, but could be an upcoming issue for StarCraft 2 account as they also use the system.

To help keep accounts as secure as possible, we’ve recently changed how authenticators can be used. Going forward, authenticators can now only be associated with one account at a time. No changes are being made to how many game licenses a single account can support. You can still have multiple World of Warcraft accounts under a single account, for instance, and all game licenses linked with a account will still be protected if an authenticator is in use.

Those of you who currently have more than one account associated with a single authenticator will be able to maintain your existing setup without needing to do anything. This change will only affect new authenticator attachments. But, if at some point you decide to detach the authenticator from any of your accounts for any reason, you won't be able to reattach it if it's already associated with another account.

For more information on the authenticator and mobile authenticator application (available for free with many mobile carriers), please visit

Are you using an authenticator for your account? Why or why not?

World of WarCraft Forums - Source
World of WarCraft Forums - Source - Log-in to change Real ID settings


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