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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.

Sony hasn’t yet said when the two-step verification process will be implemented.

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Sony to step up PlayStation Network security with two-step verification

The PlayStation Network's getting a nice security boost.

By Emma Schaefer | 04/20/2016 03:45 PM PT

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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.

Sony hasn’t yet said when the two-step verification process will be implemented.

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About Emma Schaefer

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Emma’s early gaming was mostly done in secret, as the only gamer in a family of normal people. She still retains skills from this dark period in her life, such as the ability to teleport instantly across the house away from the computer, and holds a gold medal in the Olympic sport of “Hide the Gameboy.” Sorry, Mom, now you know. Find her on Twitter @Emma4EGM