SynCaine spoke on this already, but the “coin lock” feature is seriously a “duh” moment. I definitely appreciate the fact that I can log on to my Rift account from any computer to play, but seriously. Basically, if the account logs in from, say for a completely random country chosen at random, China then the account will go in to locked mode, which does makes it so funds/materials cannot be liquidated and characters cannot be deleted. Tampering down the accessibility just a little for a significant trade off of having increased account safety is well worth it. It appears that players are getting the “coin lock” feature in the update for Rift today. I already did this with Steam’s version, Steam Guard, and I am really glad that the PC gaming industry giant is also helping to lead this change.
Blizzard’s authentication device was cool, but Trion Worlds is also working on another way to authenticate using text messaging or a mobile phone app. They really are working hard for subscription fees. I hope future games, especially ones already dedicated to having mobile phone apps, take note.