As a new report by McAfee Labs claims that hackers are selling access to Netflix accounts for as little as a dollar a time, it’s fair to say that we have reached peak hack. Couple that with the fact that those hackers claim to be able to offer lifetime access to those accounts, and things start to get even more concerning.
What if you are a Netflix subscriber and want to see whether or not your account has been compromised? Well, that’s actually quite easy.
Before you check whether you have been hacked, the best thing to do is head into your Netflix settings and click the Sign out of all devices button. That does exactly what it says it does, and will mean that you will need to sign back into Netflix on every device you own. That’s good though, because you’re going to change your password before logging back in, meaning anyone who did have access before, won’t any longer.
That’s the prevention taken care of; now to see if you had a problem in the first place. One good indicator that things aren’t as they should be is if you can see any recently watched items that you know you yourself haven’t watched. That would be a good pointer that someone else has access to your account, so you did good signing them out and changing your password!
Another indicator would be multiple profiles on your account. Some people have profiles for themselves and their kids, but any others that you don’t recognize should immediately start the alarm bells ringing. Delete them. You don’t need them.
All of this is a good start, but the single best thing you can do here is to change your password to something longer and secure. Importantly, don’t reuse a password you use elsewhere. Yes, it’s a pain, but it means that anyone who does have access to your Netflix account can’t also get into your Gmail, or your Twitter account.
Strong passwords, folks. Get them now.
(via: Business Insider)
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