Saturday, 3 March 2018

Protect your PlayStation Network account from being taken over

**This is a must for any and all PlayStation owners**

Did you know that PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts get hacked all the time? I read posts on forums and Reddit almost daily of people losing access to their PSN account due to weak passwords, phishing schemes or other hacks. Luckily, Sony has taken a step in the right direction by adding tools to help protect your account which includes your personal information and access to your credit card.


To help prevent someone from accessing your account, you can enable 2-Step Verification.  With 2-Step verification, any time someone logs into your account, they will need to enter a verification code that is sent via text message to your mobile device. If they do not have the code they cannot log in. Seems like a no brainer if you ask me, especially if your credit card information is tied to your PSN account or you use the same password on multiple sites (a big no-no in my house...just ask my wife).

Follow the steps below to help keep unwanted pests out of your PSN.


Parent Tool: 2-Step Verification for PSN

Head to https://account.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com and log into your account.


Click on Account.


Click on Security in the left side menu.  




Click on the link for 2-Step Verification.




You will see the status is inactive. Click on Edit.




Click on Activate.




Click on Confirm.




Enter the mobile number to be used for the verification codes and click Confirm.


You will receive a text message on your mobile device. Enter the verification code (6 digit number) that was sent to you and hit Verify


2-Step Verification is now active! You have the option to sign your account out on all devices forcing the 2-Step Verification the next time you log in. I recommend doing this but if you do not wish to simply uncheck the box before you hit OK



If you want to give it a try, got to https://store.playstation.com/en-ca/home/games and click Sign In at the top right corner of the page.



Enter your ID and Password and hit Sign In.


Enter the verification code that was sent via text and hit Verify


And you are now logged in!


Easy peasy, lemon squeezy as my kids would say. 


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