As Massively notes, Guild Wars (1) doesn’t require a character name to log in anymore. Well, in my case, the recent change doesn’t make a difference. I always kept screenshots with the names of my characters and had all of my accounts’ characters in the same guild, so that I would not forget their names when I wanted to log in to my alt accounts. I didn’t even use them much at all, so it wouldn’t be that bad if I couldn’t return. But I have seen players who were very sad when they wanted to play Guild Wars again, but couldn’t because they had forgotten their characters’ names. And in order to log in to Guild Wars, you had to know the name of at least one these characters.
Not any longer, though! Username and password is enough. Obviously, this also means that your account is now more vulnerable to being “stolen”, especially if you haven’t changed your password in a while and have been using it on several sites. ArenaNet offers two-factor authentication, though. You can either use an authenticator app or SMS. I have chosen the SMS function because I don’t intend to switch my mobile phone number and I already did once reset my tablet without first turning off my authentication apps. Let me tell you, it was really annoying to get back into my Steam account!
If you also have a Guild Wars 2 account connected, you will receive a little Mystical Dragon mini. Now, it’d be really neat if they also offered something for Guild Wars if you activate two-factor authentication, for an extra incentive to do so – and for the players who actually don’t care about Guild Wars 2.