While digital security has improved over the years, the fact that technology has gotten a lot more sophisticated also means that hackers now have access to better tools that can help break into accounts.
This is especially true if you’re reusing passwords that might have been leaked in a previous breach, or if you can’t be bothered to think of a strong password and use something that’s easy to guess (like “12345678” or “abc123”).
If you’re looking to protect your Sony PlayStation account and console from potential breaches and hacks, then setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) is key. The process is really simple and straightforward so here’s what you need to know to enable 2FA for your PlayStation account either through your console or the web.
Enable 2FA for PlayStation
- Turn on your PlayStation console
- Open up the Settings menu
- Select “Users and Accounts”
- Select “Account”
- Select “Security”
- You’ll now be presented with two options – Text Message or Authenticator App
- If you select Text Message, Sony will first send a verification code to your mobile device to make sure it’s you, and once you enter the code, you’re done and 2FA has been enabled
- If you opt for the Authenticator App, you’ll need to download an authenticator app like Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator. Your console will also show you a QR code which you’ll have to scan using the authenticator app. Follow the instructions after scanning and you’re all set
- Go to the PlayStation.com website and sign into your account
- Click your user icon located at the top right corner of the page
- Click on “Account Settings”
- Click “Security”
- Under “2-Step Verification”, click the “Edit” button
- Choose whether you want to enable it via “Text Message” or “Authenticator App”
- Follow the instructions (which is the same as the console method) and you’re done!