PSN will implement two-factor authentication soon0 Comments
Hindsight is always 20/20, especially when it comes to online security. Microsoft understood this three years ago when Xbox Live utilized their two-factor verification system, which protects its users from hackers. It’s no secret that PlayStation Network’s security division has seen better days, but there is a silver lining on the horizon: Sony will bolster PSN’s account security by (finally) implementing two-factor authentication. Sure, they’re late to the party, but better late than never.
What’s interesting was how the news came about. A Twitter user discovered that the PlayStation 3’s latest firmware update mentioned two-factor authentication. A Sony representative informed GameSpot that “In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a two-step verification feature.” This is great news; however, no word has been said on when it will arrive to PSN’s infrastructure.
Two-factor authentication requires users to submit two different forms of verification before having access to their account. It’s slightly more time consuming, but it’s far safer than a single password, no matter how encrypted it is. It’s a good thing Sony is stepping up now, because five years ago this month, PSN suffered their worst breach in the company’s history, compromising more than 70 million accounts worldwide. This even led to a Congressional inquiry.
PSN Getting Two-Factor Authentication, Something Xbox Has Had Since 2013, GameSpot