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PlayStation Network to Get Two-Factor Authentication (PC Mag)

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Sony plans to add two-factor authentication to its PlayStation Network.

Following Tuesday’s PlayStation 3 firmware update (version 4.80), some eagle-eyed users spotted a mention of two-step verification, which is not currently supported on PSN accounts. Sony told PCMag that “in order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a 2-step verification feature.”

The widely offered but often unused function adds an extra layer of security by requiring you to identify yourself in at least two ways: something you know (a password) plus something you own (a smartphone) or have (a fingerprint). By signing in with a username, password, and second code—often one generated by a mobile app or received via text message—users can rest assured that their personal details are protected.