How to find out if your Netflix has been hacked - and easily fix it in under 5 minutes
The Twitter account is back under Netflix's control, but the incident reminded me that people routinely have their own Netflix accounts hacked, and many don't know.Just a few weeks ago, a colleague of mine noticed some suspicious viewing activity of the TV show "Arrow" on her Netflix, and figured out her account had been compromised.
But one problem with this policy is that it has inadvertently created a black market for "access" to stolen Netflix accounts.A report by McAfee Labs last year revealed you can buy access to Netflix accounts in "Dark Web" marketplaces, which can only be accessed using a special internet browser called TOR that hides your computer's digital footprint, known as an IP address.
Hackers in these marketplaces are selling lifetime access to Netflix accounts for as little as $0.50. While some of these accounts are likely purchased with stolen credit card information, others used hacked login information, Raj Samani, the CTO of Intel Security, told Tech Insider. And sometimes hackers don't even sell the stolen accounts, but rather, just dump the login credentials on the internet for people to use.Luckily, there's an easy ways to check if you've been hacked, and fix it.Here's how:
First, log into your Netflix and go to the "Your Account" section.
Then check your viewing activity.Advertisement
If you see some suspicious activity there, you can check out your recent account access. Note that since your viewing activity can be modified (you can "x" out certain things), if you think your Netflix has been hacked, go to recent account access even if there isn't unusual viewing.
Here you'll be able to see all the places your account has been accessed from. If you don't recognize any of them, it's likely your account has been hacked.Advertisement
If it has been there's an easy fix. Navigate back to your settings and choose "Sign out of all devices."
This will kick everyone who is logged into your account off. Then you can change your password, and they won't be able to get back in.Advertisement
Once you've done that, you should try and figure out how you were hacked. A good place to start is haveibeenpwned.com.
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