If you live in a situation where other people can use your PlayStation 5 console, you may want to take extra precautions to make sure those people can’t make purchases using your stored payment method. Otherwise you run the risk of paying for games you’ll never play and content you won’t use. Thankfully, Sony makes it easy to turn on the requirement for your Sony account password before any purchases are made from the PlayStation Store on your PS5.
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Steps to Require Password at Checkout from PlayStation Store on PS5
- Navigate to your PS5 home screen, and then click the “Settings” icon. You’ll land on the Settings screen.
- Click “Users and Accounts” in this menu. You’ll land on the Users and Accounts screen.
- Choose “Account” in the menu on the left side of the screen. You’ll see Account options on the right side of the screen.
- Click “Payment and Subscriptions” in the menu on the right side of the screen. The Payment and Subscriptions screen is shown.
- Choose “Purchase Settings” in this menu. The Purchase Settings screen is displayed.
- Click to turn on the toggle associated with Require Password at Checkout. Going forward you, or anyone else using your account, will be required to enter your password prior to making a purchase from the PlayStation Store.
Four Reasons to Consider Requiring a Password at Checkout on PlayStation 5
1. Preventing Unauthorized Purchases
Requiring a password at checkout from the PlayStation Store on PS5 can help prevent unauthorized purchases. When an account does not require a password, anyone with access to the console can make purchases without the account owner’s knowledge or consent. Requiring a password creates an extra layer of security and ensures that only authorized users can make purchases. It can also prevent children from making purchases without their parents’ permission.
2. Controlling Spending
Requiring a password at checkout can help users control their spending by making it more difficult to make impulse purchases. By requiring a password, users must consciously decide to make a purchase, which can give them time to consider whether they really want or need the item they’re buying. This can be especially useful for users who have a tendency to make impulse purchases or overspend. Additionally, it can help users stick to a budget or spending plan they’ve established for themselves. Requiring a password at checkout may seem like an inconvenience, but it can ultimately help users make better spending decisions and avoid financial stress.
3. Protecting Sensitive Information
Requiring a password at checkout on your PS5 can help protect sensitive information, such as credit card details, from being accessed by unauthorized users. Without a password, anyone who has access to the PlayStation 5 can easily make purchases using stored credit card information. By requiring a password, users can prevent others from making purchases or accessing their financial information. This is especially important in cases where the PS5 is shared with others or if it is lost or stolen.
4. Preventing Accidental Purchases
Requiring a password at checkout can help prevent accidental purchases, such as when a user accidentally clicks the “buy” button. Accidental purchases can be frustrating, especially if they result in a charge for an item the user didn’t want or need. Requiring a password can make it more difficult to accidentally make a purchase and can give users a chance to double-check their order before finalizing it. While accidental purchases may not happen frequently, requiring a password can help users avoid the annoyance and inconvenience that comes with them.
Guidelines to Create a Strong Password
If you do want to require someone to enter your PlayStation password whenever they try to buy anything through the PlayStation Store, the next question you need to ask is if your PlayStation account password is strong enough to prevent someone from guessing it. You can check out my article about how to change your PlayStation account password if you need to change it. Here are some good guidelines for how to create a strong password:
- Use a long password: The longer your password, the harder it is to crack. Aim for a minimum of 12 characters.
- Use a mix of characters: Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. This makes your password more complex and harder to guess.
- Avoid personal information: Avoid using personal information such as your name, birthdate, or address. This information can be easily guessed or found through social media.
- Avoid common phrases and patterns: Avoid using common phrases or patterns such as “password,” “1234,” or “qwerty.” These are easy for hackers to guess.
- Use a unique password for each account: Use a different password for each account. This way, if one password is compromised, your other accounts are still protected.
- Consider using a passphrase: A passphrase is a sequence of words or a sentence. This can make a strong and memorable password.
- Use a password manager: A password manager can generate and store strong passwords for you. This way, you don’t have to remember all of your unique passwords.