WoW plushies are awesome. Sometimes they come with in-game pets. Sometimes they mrrgl in your mailbox. But by and large, beyond their awesomeness, nerdiness, and amazing desk decoration ability, they don’t have a lot of actual function. Which is to say, they’re just plushies.
Until now, that is.
I was talking to Linedan yesterday, and he mentioned that his wife had come up with a new and absolutely brilliant use for her wind rider plushie. She had given him some very stylin’ new jewelry: a pretty ribbon necklace – in Horde Red, of course – with a beautiful Authenticator pendant. Now not only does her wind rider have an extremely high quotient of awesome, she will never lose her authenticator again.
I decided, on hearing this, it was time for Murky to start pulling his own weight around here:
And he’s now stylin’ with an Authenticator necklace of his own.
He’s no longer just a plushie – he’s The Powerful Protector of Anna’s WoW Account! (I’m told having an official title makes the job sound impressive. Considering he’s been putting on airs all day, and ordering around the little frog that usually sits on my desk, it’s working. I would get him a spear, but I fear for my eyeballs.)
If you don’t have an authenticator, you really should consider getting one (that link is for the US version, this one is for the non-US authenticator). They’re inexpensive (or free for some smartphones), easy to use, and while they don’t completely safeguard your account (due to a new middleman virus that’s been making the rounds on some of the addon websites), they provide one more hoop to jump through for someone who wishes to steal your account.
As with anything, there is nothing foolproof to a truly dedicated fool, but account security is a major issue in WoW right now, due to the lucrative nature of WoW accounts and the ability to sell virtual stuff for real life money, and taking the steps to avoid a compromised account is very important.