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Guild Wars 2 to utilise Google Authenticator for account security

ArenaNet is to boost Guild Wars 2 account security by introducing Google Authenticator.

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has revealed how Google Authenticator is to be integrated into the title to safeguard accounts against hackers.

ArenaNet president Mike O'Brien explained that the firm decided on Google's authentication system after mulling over creating an in-house solution. It will comprise of a two-factor security system whereby a normal password is required, as well as a randomly generated code.

The authentication system is set to be released in around two weeks but O'Brien has highlighted ways in which players can keep their account safe during the interim period.

He suggests gamers watch out for phishing emails that try to get individuals to type their passwords into fake websites, then stealing the details. He recommends only ever typing the login information on the official account management site (

Be wary of people posing as ArenaNet or NCsoft staff members and asking for an account password. The support team does not need these details so players should never give them away to someone.

People should keep the email address associated with their Guild Wars 2 account secure, with a password equally as strong as their one for the game's account.

O'Brien revealed that ArenaNet has been using a blacklist housing to ensure many commonly used passwords are not allowed, which makes life more difficult for hackers, as they constantly scan for these passwords and, therefore, they are automatically blacklisted.

"This system has substantially eliminated hackers’ ability to steal new accounts, as all new accounts now cannot possibly match what the hackers have been scanning for," O’Brien said.

"The rate of account hacking was about 1.5 percent for accounts created before this blacklist was in place, and is about 0.1 percent for accounts created after."

He also said that a random generator will be introduced soon to suggest passwords that are particularly strong against hackers.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801455211-ADNFCR