In 2011, Sony’s Playstation Network was hacked. The credit card information of millions was put in danger, and the entire network had to be shut down to root out the leak — a downtime that lasted 23 days. While the majority of Playstation users eventually came back, the consensus was that Sony needed to beef up its security for the sensitive info of the 77 million people it served, and it needed to do it soon. Five years later, Sony decided to do just that.
Microsoft has employed two-step verification for XBox Live accounts for the past three years. Now Sony will be doing the same: from now on logging into PSN from a new machine will require a password AND verification from a phone number. While passwords can be easy to bust, the criminals would also need your phone to complete the log-in, hence why two-step works.
The feature isn’t active yet — Sony just announced it was coming in the near future. So if you’re a hacker looking to swipe some easy information, they’ve given you ample warning — the time to act is NOW.