Sony’s adding two step verification to the PlayStation Network

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Well, technically there IS a new step

Internet security is something many of us don’t really pay as much attention to as we should. We only keep our most valuable things under digital lock and key. We make sure our banking is secure, and that our Steam accounts use Steam Guard and its two factor authentication.

We don’t give our gaming consoles – on which many of us have thousands of Rands (or Dollars!) worth off digital games, along with, often, credit card details. That’s where two-factor authentication comes in. It may be a bit of a hassle, needing both your login details and something like a code generated on your phone to log in, but it’s something that adds significant protection to your online details.

If you’re especially security conscious, there is the option for it available on the Xbox One (and indeed, anything that uses a Microsoft account), but Sony’s security has been a little more lax.

That’s changing. The latest firmware update for the PlayStation 3 snuck in code relating to two factor authentication, and now it seems it’s on its way to other Sony systems.

Sony‘s confirmed to Polygon that they’re working on bringing 2 step verification to its accounts.

“In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a 2-step verification feature,” a Sony representative said.

Two step logins are much more secure, as a dodgy hacker or social engineer would need access to your log in details and your phone to buy all of those FIFA Ultimate Team transfers that keep showing up on your account.

It’s now been five years since Sony’s PlayStation Network was brought to its knees in a hacking scandal that crippled the service for nearly a month and saw millions of user details leaked to the internet. It’s really about time that we, as users, are able to add better security to our accounts.

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Last Updated: April 21, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.