PSN Getting Two-Factor Authentication, Something Xbox Has Had Since 2013

Sony implementing new PSN account security measures.

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Sony is bolstering PlayStation Network account security by introducing two-factor authentication, the company confirmed. After someone on Twitter discovered that the latest PlayStation 3 firmware update mentioned two-factor verification--something Sony has not yet talked about introducing--the company has now confirmed it plans to launch the feature more widely later.

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

There is no word just yet regarding when two-step authentication will come to PSN, though the representative said more details will be shared "at a later date."

Two-step verification, which has been available for Xbox Live users since 2013 and is also used on Battle.net and Steam, requires users to submit two different forms of verification before being granted access to their account. The process takes a few moments longer, but is far more secure than a single password.

Polygon was first to report on this story.

Fives years ago this month, the PSN suffered a significant breach that compromised more than 70 million accounts and led to a Congressional inquiry.

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The ONLY feature that Xbox has that I would like on the PS4 is the ability to change your damn name.

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Ok, but Xbox has no games. Something Sony's had since 1995.

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@MassacreMonk: You're drunk, go home home

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@MassacreMonk: How old are you, like 12?

Also would you like to explain the origin of Halo from Sony then? ;)

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Can I change my PSN ID yet? I'd like for it to match my Xbox Gamertag.

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First IGN has gone down the pan for click bait, Propaganda headlines plus the annoying ads, their YouTube channel is riddled with them now, it seems Gamespot might be going down that same route.

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Oh man that title hahaha

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Two-step authentication is a pain in the ass for anyone, let alone your 12-year-old child. I can't really blame any company for dragging their feet on this because it probably quadruples customer service calls.

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@HardStomp: It is not a pain in the ass, and even if it was, it is worth the extra security of your accounts. Besides, it's usually a choice. If you want to be vulnerable because you don't want to do an extra step that literally takes 10 seconds, be my guest.

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@HardStomp: Jokes on you. A 12 year old child hacked 7tizz's account and it turned him into an online super villain.

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Sony fanboys need to have a Snickers.

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@greaseman1985: I thought ponies eat hay?

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Welcome to the present, Sony. Took you long enough.

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Nice flamebait headline.

Chase bank doesn't even have two-factor authentication for their online credit card site. Glad that Microsoft has had it since 2013 though. I guess Sony sucks really bad.

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@grimakis: Actually they have it in a sense. If you log in from a new PC or browser or something, you have to get a code either by email or phone to log in.

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@greaseman1985: Eh, I guess. I would still prefer full every-time two-factor, especially on you know, one of my banking websites.

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@grimakis: True, but for me it kinda works that way since I don't save browser cookies, so every time I log into my Chase account I have to get a code. The way they do it though is very archaic and annoying, they definitely need to incorporate true 2-factor authentication. I guess what they currently have is better than nothing.

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Idk why all you sony fan boys are pissed about the headline. Just keep bragging about your sales lead over Microsoft. I have no dog in this fight, im just a pure gamer.

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what a provoking headline. nice work, Eddie!

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@naryanrobinson you mad bro? its not his fault psn is late to the party. as usual:

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@budah78: .

Sorry, I don't converse with people this dumb.

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@naryanrobinson: Hey, hey, have a Snickers.

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About darn time. I would have expected this after that major hack they had. Not sure what took them so long, especially since they've had their app since the PS4 launched.

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And then Sony will get hacked again yeah. Is this the latest security system or are they still lagging. I don't put my credit information on PSN. You would think a big company like Sony compared to others would have the best security systems already in place.

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@nickyparmar92: Only a dumbass would save their credit card on any network. No network is 100% safe from hacking.

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What a fuckin flame war bait headline.

Jesus christ.

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@dominoodle: Well it's an article from Ed, business as usual

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you know you don goofed when nearly all the comment section is complaning about the article itself, no matter who they are.

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Well that's something. Me and a friend have both had our credit card info stolen through PSN. We don't give them our info and use alternate payment methods now.

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Two factor authentication is nice to have, but is still useless if a company's servers are hacked or compromised. The breach that Sony had would have been just as devastating even if there was two factor authentication. What would help to make the whole chain more secure is to have all user data encrypted on the server side. Not just critical data like credit cards and passwords. A lot of companies don't encrypted basic data like names, addresses, and phone numbers. Yet many people use this kind of data as answers to security questions. That's how a lot of hackers can get access to an account. They don't bother trying to decrypt the password when they can just log into the account and answer the security question.

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That head line...

I laughed

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@nadsat-77: Haha, I know right. They aren't even trying to hide it anymore.

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Welcome to the party Pal!

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Finally...

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Very low of you. This was entirely written to provoke a fan boy war.

Seriously, "PSN Getting two factor authentication. Something Xbox has had since 2013"

Are you kidding me? Who CARES if Microsoft has had it first? Good for them.

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@cammers1995: Well, if they didn't mention it Sony fanboys would have been bragging about the new feature... lol

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@cfscorpio: you are absolutely right about that.

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@cammers1995: it's called protecting your privacy saying Microsoft takes a lot more measures than Sony does at helping data not being breached.

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@cammers1995: Eddie is good for titles to get views and improper grammar/typos.

but it dont matter who had it first just that everyone needs to have this for added security

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@Mokuba34: This. On all accounts.

Take note, Eddie.

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Eddie trying to get those extra views and comments with that headline...

Fan boy wars = Moar profits for Eddie

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Sony has always been trash at network management and online multiplayer so why is this surprising? PlayStation Network has been obsolete for more than a decade now Nintendo is even above Sony on that. Sony only has better hardware that is it. Microsoft has better everything else. Do we recall that Sony doesn't think it is possible to change your PSN ID yeah because morons work at Sony Xbox you can change your name for like 10 years now

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@PsychicKiller82: You're exactly what Eddie relies on for views, lol.

Sony bad, MS gud, derp, derp.

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sony needs to go faster

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@andyvecc011: they will be bankrupt soon enough

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