Sony plans to step up security on the PlayStation Network with the addition of two-step authentication, according to a statement from the platform holder.
“In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a 2-step verification feature,” a Sony representative told Polygon.
Two-step verification, as the name implies, requires users to confirm their identity in two different ways. The first is usually through a username and password, which Sony already requires. The second step is often a code, sent to a registered email account or cell phone number provided by the user. This method is much more secure than a password alone, since potential hackers would also need access to a user’s phone or email address.
Some PlayStation 3 users have reported seeing a message about two-step verification after installing the version 4.80 update, further confirming that a more secure log-in service is on the way.
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Sony hasn’t yet said when the two-step verification process will be implemented.