Final Fantasy XIV to Upgrade its Login Security

Hacking attempts must be growing in number in Final Fantasy XIV, as Square Enix will be rolling out a new login security system for the barely five-month-old game.

“We will be introducing a system to restrict logins when suspicious account access is detected… Under this new system, once login has been restricted, an email notification will be sent to the primary email address (E-mail address 1) registered to the Square Enix account. This email will contain instructions on how to remove the login restriction. Players will be asked to reset their passwords and log in again,” according to a new Lodestone announcement.

Square Enix goes on to remind us to register a valid email address by the February 21 scheduled maintenance date, during which the login security upgrade will be activated.

Forum posters welcomed the additional layer of protection to their accounts, but are curious to know what qualifies as “suspicious account access.” Some believe this includes repeated unsuccessful logins and different IP region logins, but Square Enix will probably avoid disclosing the exact parameters to prevent potential hackers from beating the system.

Final Fantasy XIV players without security tokens (they came free with Collector’s Edition boxes) might feel safer with this security upgrade, but we believe the relatively cheap device should be a must-buy for dedicated gamers.

The token authenticator provides a one-time six-digit code that must be entered along with the username and password, a formidable deterrent since an intruder would need both physical possession of your token plus your account details. If you want to learn more about using these security tokens, this short instructional guide is a good place to start.

Here’s hoping this will lessen the account hacks in Final Fantasy XIV. Play safe everyone!


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