Without you noticing: signs that your Netflix account has been hacked
Netflix is trying to put an end to account sharing, and meanwhile the darknet hackers are celebrating and consuming free content - without the knowledge of the paying subscriber.
Worried that someone has logged into your account?
This is what you need to know
Yanon ben Shoshan
Monday, August 8, 2022, 09:00 Updated: 09:02
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Netflix (Photo: ShutterStock)
Netflix recently declared war on the phenomenon of sharing usernames and passwords between several households, a phenomenon that causes it a significant loss of revenue.
Currently, the streaming giant unofficially allows the subscription to be shared with four other users - thus reducing costs.
However, sharing the account may expose you to having your account hacked without your knowledge.
How does that happen?
On the darknet (darknet) you can purchase a subscription to a service for a few cents - those that are used by paying subscribers whose details have been distributed on the network.
Sometimes hackers will simply change the password, and other times they won't change anything at all (hoping to use the service under the radar).
Identify additional devices
Sign in to your Netflix account, then focus with the mouse on your profile name located on the upper left side of the screen.
Click on "Account" and then under "Settings" (at the bottom of the screen) click on "Recent streaming activity on devices".
On this screen you can see the locations and devices from which your Netflix account was opened.
If you don't recognize some of the locations or devices in the list, it looks like someone else is using your account.
On the dark net (darknet) you can purchase a subscription to the service for just a few cents (Photo: ShutterStock)
If you notice new profiles popping up unexpectedly, it could be a sign that someone has access to your account.
First, if you share the password with friends or family, you should ask them if they have added a new profile.
If the answer is no, it's time to secure the account by changing the password.
Usually, hackers are sophisticated enough not to leave many traces, and will not open another profile.
Instead, they simply use already created profiles to consume free content.
One of the ways to know if a connection is made under the radar is to distinguish the viewing recommendations - for example, under "continue watching" the last series or movies you watched will appear.
In addition, in the "because you watched" category, content that you have not watched can appear.