This news just in from the official SWTOR site: it’s time to secure your account. You may have gotten an email about changing your password sometime in the past 24 hours. They also put out this news article explaining the reason for the emails.
In addition, BioWare is offering a Security Authentication Key that comes with the Collector’s Edition but will be available other ways as well. The news story explains:
“The Collector’s Edition is still available in limited quantities at select retailers. Watch for more information on other ways to obtain The Old Republic Security Key soon!”
From the picture Stephen Reid tweeted of the CE package, it looks just like the Blizzard authenticator but with a SWTOR graphic. Anyway, it’s still a pretty nifty device. I have one for WoW and with the popularity of SWTOR, it seems a pretty good idea to grab one for that extra piece of security for your account.
Now back to that password-changing info, BioWare reminds us:
“Just like any other user account you have, changing your The Old Republic password on a regular basis is one of the simple measures you can take to protect your personal information.”
It’s one of those things we all know but many of us forget to do or just get lazy and don’t want to do because we don’t want to forget our passwords. If you made your account on or before October 21st, they’re going to make you change it (it’s for your own good, really) so you may as well start the process now.
Some tips from BioWare on creating your new password:
“When you create your new password, ensure that it meets the following criteria: the password must be 8-16 characters long and use at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and one number. The more variety that you use in your password, the stronger your password will be.”
See the official post for more info.