Sony has recently confirmed that the Playstation Network, in order to ensure the security of its users, will now be receiving a two-factor authentication system in order to better protect user accounts.
“In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a two-step verification feature,” according to a Sony statement.
The news was leaked on a recent Playstation 3 firmware update, which enabled the Playstation 3 to have the security measure installed. With that in mind, it’s most likely going to be coming to Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita very soon.
Two-factor authentication is a security system that is already used by a number of other online platforms, which allows users to make sure that their account is secure through additional security information, instead of just their username and password.
This security information makes it much more difficult for hackers to get into user accounts, which Sony has had a very a very difficult time with over its history, with a number of large hacking incidents leaving the accounts of many users vulnerable.
This even led to a massive lawsuit against Sony back in 2011 when all 77 million of Playstation Network’s accounts had their information stolen, though no fraudulent charges on anyone’s credit cards were reported. This incident also led to a Congressional inquiry.
Two-factor authentication is already in place on Xbox Live, so Xbox players don’t need to worry about their own accounts. The process is also available on Blizzard’s Battle.net gaming platform, and Steam.
Thankfully, getting through the new security measures only takes a little bit longer than simply entering your username and password, so the convenience to Playstation 4 players will be minimal. Not so much to anyone that wants to try and hack the store though, so with luck you won’t have to worry about any hackers getting into your information.