Used to seeing that? Well soon, you will see it NO LONGER!

ArenaNet announced tonight that a mandatory password change will be implemented next Thursday, Feb. 7, for all accounts who haven’t changed their password since before password blacklisting measures went into effect.

…One of the ways we protect your account is by creating a blacklist of passwords that have been used in the past by hackers to scan for accounts. As this blacklist has been very successful for protecting newly created accounts, we have asked all our existing customers to change their passwords.

In fact, for those customers with passwords chosen before the introduction of blacklisting, we have displayed a red banner in the launcher for the past three months, encouraging (but not requiring) a password change. Starting on February 7, 2013, we will change it to a requirement.

More details can be found there, but in the meantime, if you’re seeing that annoying red box bossing you around and demanding things out of you every time you log into the game (well, maybe it’s demanding only one thing. Damn is that thing persistent)… You should just go ahead and take care of it already.

In fact, I’m doing it right now. Do it with me!