PlayStation Network getting two-factor authentication, Sony confirms

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Mentioned in the pinned FW topic, but it's worth it's own discussion




By Samit Sarkar on Apr 20, 2016 at 1:53p


Sony is making a long-awaited effort to shore up security on the PlayStation Network — the company is planning to add two-factor authentication to the service, Sony confirmed to Polygon today.

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


The spokesperson did not offer a time frame at this point, saying only that "more details will be shared at a later date." Sony updated the PS3's firmware to version 4.80 yesterday, and users noticed that if they entered incorrect login information, the system mentioned two-step verification — which isn't currently available on PlayStation Network accounts. Those accounts are used on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, the web, the PlayStation mobile app and the PlayStation Portable.


Two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, is a process that requires users to enter two different "factors" when logging into a service. Generally, this means "something you know" (your existing login details) as well as a second piece of information from your phone, typically a six-digit code generated by a mobile app or received in a text message ("something you have").

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