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Two-Factor Verification Coming Soon To PlayStation Network

Okay, so they're catching up.

Though it has been available for Xbox Live account creation since 2013, Sony will finally bring two-factor authentication to the PlayStation Network.

Not long after a Twitter user noticed the latest PS3 firmware update mentioned this new form of verification, the company confirmed the upcoming feature. As Sony said in a statement to GameSpot:

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

We don't yet know when this extra security measure will arrive; the Sony representative just said more details will arrive "at a later date." If you're not familiar, two-step verification requires prospective users to submit two different forms of verification before gaining access to their account. It takes a little longer but obviously, it's more secure than just one password.

Well, anything Sony can do to improve security is probably a good thing. They'll never live down the infamous 2011 PSN hack.

Tags: playstation network, psn accounts, psn security

4/20/2016 8:39:21 PM John Shepard

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 @ 9:04:09 PM

Yeah that sorta shoulda been done from the beginning.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 1:32:48 PM

When PSN first began, very few systems or public networks even supported optional multi-factor security. But it's been gaining ground fast. Faceboo and Google do it now. Even individual game puclishers are in on the act; Square Enix has offered a hardware or software token to generate a one time password in addition to your account password for many years.

I have to say though, that after the big PSN hack, I was surprised that they didn't institute multi-factor security when PSN came back up.

I'm glad t see it is coming at last though. It should make people's accounts, and PSN itself a bit harder to crack open.

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