After being battered by numerous network breaches over the years, Sony has finally introduced a much needed two-factor authentication for PlayStation Network accounts. The announcement came via twitter saying that the protection layer will be activated immediately.
As a result of the announcement, PSN users will be able to activate a two-factor authentication on their account to reduce the risk of another major data breach. Users who’d like to activate the two-step verification feature can do so by visiting PlayStation’s official website. Once activated, users would be prompted with a text message on their mobile device containing codes that should be keyed in alongside their existing PSN username and password.
2-step verification feature for PlayStation Network accounts launches tonight, offers additional security: https://t.co/uubOFHGnxn
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 25, 2016
The PlayStation Network’s most major incident was the 2011 breach where more than 77 million PSN accounts were exposed, making it one of the largest network security breaches of all time. That said, it seems rather odd that the company took this long to introduce the feature, especially since its rival, Microsoft, have rolled out the same feature for Xbox Live accounts way back in 2013.
Hopefully, by introducing an extra layer of security, Sony’s PlayStation Network along with its users will be protected from having their accounts breached ever again.