Two years ago, the Playstation Network was hacked by a group called the Lizard Squad. This would go on to prompt many large companies adopting 2 factor authentication for their security. Millions of PSN users’ private information was accessed. This led to a lot of controversy about Sony’s ability to keep its user base safe from such attacks.
In light of this, Microsoft was hasty to act and have used 2 step verification in the wake of these events. Yet, until very recently Sony had not bothered to implement the same security system that would make access to private information far more difficult to hackers.
It seems Sony has finally caught up with Microsoft on setting up 2 step verification. With the newest wave of hacking from Poodle Corp, as seen on Battlefield 1 and more recently PSN, you’d be wise to protect your console. More importantly – your private information. Thankfully all Poodle Corp seem to be doing is DDoS attacks which only shuts servers down. Their malicious efforts are nowhere near as worrisome as the Lizard Squad attack two years ago. Still, it pays to be prepared. Better safe then sorry, right?
Here’s How To Set Up 2 Step Verification On Your PS4
- First, you’ll need to set everything up as this is not automated with update 4.00. Go to Top Menu > Playstation Network / Account Management > Account Info > Security > 2 Step Verification > Set Up Now
- Next, enter your mobile number and select Add. This next part basically simulates the security process. You’ll soon get a text with a verification code. Enter the code where applicable to authorise your phone.
- Finally, select Activate and you’ll be that extra bit safer from those pesky hackers!
The idea of 2 step verification is that whenever you log into your Playstation account on an app or website, you’ll have to enter this code first to gain access. This security process is now being used by an increasing amount of companies to keep you safe. Seriously, this only takes a minute to set up. So get on it and get safe!