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#1 Aug 15 2013 at 12:22 PM Rating: Good
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I'm considering downloading the smartphone app and activating the one-time password. I already have a very security password on my account and regularly scan for malware, so I don't really think it will be an issue, but better safe than sorry?

I do have concerns about my smartphone needing to be restored or something that would keep it from working, but sounds like I can set an emergency removal password if it came to that.
http://www.square-enix.com/na/account/otp/token.html


What are your thoughts? Just a paranoid enabler or a worth it?
#2 Aug 15 2013 at 12:32 PM Rating: Good
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My phone is always with me and easy to find if I misplace it by calling it. So it's better for me to use the smartphone app, also it's free. If you would like to go the App route, be sure to write your Token Removal password down and/or save it on your computer. I had to remove my security token today and reinstall because I got a new phone last week. It's an easy process though.

Edit: Removal Password is Case Sensitive, so carefully distinguish your O's, o's, and 0's lol. Copy/Paste works too if you save to Notepad =)

Edited, Aug 15th 2013 2:35pm by Demonadrastos
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#3 Aug 15 2013 at 12:33 PM Rating: Good
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Extra security steps especially with online accounts are always worth it, just not for my phone.

I flash my Nexus 4 with ROMs pretty frequently, so the app would not do me any good since it would be lost each time. That means I'd have to decouple the security measure, flash a ROM, grab the app back, redo the link... and me remembering to that is just not going to work. I did the titanium backup thing once with my WoW account to see if I could just get away with that on my old phone, but still lost the sync and had to go through customer service on the phone to kill the security layer. Not something I'll do again. And god forbid you drop your phone and render it unusable.

I'd suggest a dongle if you are going to do this. IMHO that is.
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#4 Aug 15 2013 at 12:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Extra security steps especially with online accounts are always worth it, just not for my phone.

I flash my Nexus 4 with ROMs pretty frequently, so the app would not do me any good since it would be lost each time. That means I'd have to decouple the security measure, flash a ROM, grab the app back, redo the link... and me remembering to that is just not going to work. I did the titanium backup thing once with my WoW account to see if I could just get away with that on my old phone, but still lost the sync and had to go through customer service on the phone to kill the security layer. Not something I'll do again. And god forbid you drop your phone and render it unusable.

I'd suggest a dongle if you are going to do this. IMHO that is.


I'm of the opposite opinion about the dongles. I had one for XI and my nephew got a hold of it while as at work and lost it. Took me an hour to find the da#@ thing. I'll be going the app route since I always know where my phone is. I've gotten away from flashing ROMs to my phone so no issue there. My GF, however, has a Blackberry so the app won't work for her. I may get her a dongle, but she has kids so there's the risk there. So it really comes down to personal preference, though if you have kids running around your place I say go with the app Smiley: tongue
#5 Aug 15 2013 at 12:41 PM Rating: Decent
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I have 100% hacker proof way to keep your passwords safe, just write them down! I write all my passwords down and if i get a spooky feeling i change them, so far it seems to be working lol.
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#6 Aug 15 2013 at 12:45 PM Rating: Excellent
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For me it depends of how offen are you going to play the game on a different computer or location. The Token password helps alot if you play in different locations since SE will make you get a one time password everytime you play on a different location or computer to make sure your Username and Password has not been stolen.

If you don't plan to play in any other computer but your own, I would not worry to much. Since I got the app and a token, a extra security step does not hurt when you have put 2 or more years of your life in a game.
#7 Aug 15 2013 at 12:49 PM Rating: Good
Another reason to consider either the app or dongle is if you are going to be playing from multiple locations. There's a thread from earlier with people that had to reset their password because they were DLing the beta from a PC with a different ISP. I'll be playing from 2 locations so I'm going the app route instead of resetting whenever I play from my GFs place.

Edit: What Fedemax said Smiley: laugh

Edited, Aug 15th 2013 11:50am by SkinwalkerAsura
#8 Aug 15 2013 at 1:00 PM Rating: Good
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Its all up to you but you want real opinions, it seems.

For me, I will not be using any type of one-time password. The devices, I feel I will lose them to a curious 1.5 or 3.5 year old. Then the phone... I think I have the same security concerns as you. So, what am I going to do?

Well, I won't share my PW with anyone. I use military/DoD password requirements found HERE.. I also change it from time to time. That might seem a little much but I will make Mr. Hacker work if they want my account. In the end, if I fail to protect my account, its my fault and I will stop playing. If someone wanted my account so bad, they can have it. After I disconnect the credit card and tell SE, of course.

That's my story.
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If you plan to potentially play the game from multiple IP addresses, using one-time password for security is a good idea. Without it, SE may lock your account down if it sees it getting accessed from different IP addresses, thinking that it's potentially unauthorized access.
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#10 Aug 15 2013 at 2:04 PM Rating: Good
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svlyons wrote:
If you plan to potentially play the game from multiple IP addresses, using one-time password for security is a good idea. Without it, SE may lock your account down if it sees it getting accessed from different IP addresses, thinking that it's potentially unauthorized access.


I do think I'll go the software token method then. Could be moving around computers and I nearly always have my phone with me.

Thanks for the feedback guys.
#11 Aug 15 2013 at 3:56 PM Rating: Good
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By all reports, it is a hassle to get access to your own account if your token is lost.

But it's even harder to get back your stolen Items and Gil - in most cases impossible.

Ask yourself, are you planning to have a collection of Uber-Gear or a huge stack of Gil that you will want protected?
#12 Aug 15 2013 at 4:03 PM Rating: Good
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I have the iPhone app, and love it! It's free, and it gives me peace of mind... it's a win, win situation.
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#13 Aug 15 2013 at 4:08 PM Rating: Good
I've been using the one-time password on FFXI pretty much since it came out. It's 100% worth it. All it takes is one keylogger or hacked company database (you're not reusing your password anywhere, are you?) for your password to be compromised. But with the OTP, your account doesn't have to be.
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#14 Aug 15 2013 at 4:21 PM Rating: Good
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The only one time password that isn't worth it is the physical token. It's just way overpriced. The smartphone app is free so there's really no reason not to use it unless you're always losing your phone.

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#15 Aug 15 2013 at 5:02 PM Rating: Good
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IMFW wrote:
I have 100% hacker proof way to keep your passwords safe, just write them down! I write all my passwords down and if i get a spooky feeling i change them, so far it seems to be working lol.


Please describe this spooky feeling...
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#16 Aug 15 2013 at 5:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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I use generated passwords via LastPass. I don't even know my password for this site Smiley: laugh
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#17 Aug 15 2013 at 6:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Wint wrote:
I use generated passwords via LastPass. I don't even know my password for this site Smiley: laugh


Same here. I have everything in LastPass. I didn't realize that I still needed my password along with the one-time password though. I thought it was going to replace it.
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