How to See Who’s Watching Your Netflix Account

Introduction

Whether it’s someone you don’t know stealing your Netflix account, or a child still using your Netflix account for longer than you want them to, unwanted people logged into your Netflix account is a pain. You’ll really start to feel it when you go to watch Netflix, and you get a message that you can’t because your account is already logged in on too many devices. As a result, it’s important to keep an eye on what devices are using your Netflix account and take the necessary actions to kick people off who don’t belong. If you need do need to go further and kick someone off of your Netflix account, check out my article that will show you how to do that.

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Steps to See Who’s Watching Your Netflix Account

  1. Navigate to either the the Netflix.com website, or launch the Netflix app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
  2. Tap your profile icon to open a menu, and then click “Account” in this menu.

  1. Navigate to the Security and Privacy section, and then click “Manage Access and Devices.” You’ll arrive at the Manage Access and Devices screen, where you’ll see a list of all of the devices connected to your Netflix account.

  1. Associated with each device you can see the profile that was used, when Netflix was last watched on that device, the city that device was near when Netflix was accessed, and you can click to see the IP address associated with that device when Netflix was last accessed.

5 Reasons You Should Care Who’s Watching Your Netflix Account

1. Maintain Personalized Recommendations

Netflix’s algorithm tailors content suggestions based on your viewing habits. If strangers access your account, they might watch genres you dislike. This dilutes your recommendations with unrelated titles. You might end up missing out on shows that truly match your interests. To keep your watch list pure and your recommendations relevant, it’s crucial to monitor who uses your account. This ensures that every Netflix suggestion resonates with your personal taste and preferences.

2. Secure Your Sensitive Information

Your Netflix account holds more than just your watch history. It contains sensitive data like your email address and payment information. Unauthorized access could expose you to potential fraud or identity theft. By keeping tabs on who uses your account, you mitigate the risk of sensitive data leaks. Always ensure that your account details are secure. This involves regularly updating passwords and monitoring access logs for any unfamiliar activity.

3. Avoid Unexpected Charges

Sharing your account might seem harmless, but it could lead to unexpected financial implications. If someone else uses your account and upgrades your subscription without your consent, you’re on the hook for the higher charges. Keeping a close eye on your account usage helps avoid these surprises. Make sure only authorized users have access. This helps in controlling your subscription costs and avoids any involuntary upgrades or additional charges.

4. Ensure Quality Streaming

Netflix limits the number of simultaneous streams based on your subscription plan. If multiple unknown users are watching, you might be unable to stream when you want to. This can be frustrating, especially during prime viewing times. By controlling who accesses your Netflix, you can maximize your own streaming experience. This ensures you always have access when you decide to watch your favorite shows.

5. Respect Content Licensing Agreements

Netflix content varies by region due to licensing agreements. When people from different geographical locations use your account, it can lead to violations of these agreements. Such breaches might prompt Netflix to investigate your account for potential misuse. To prevent any compliance issues or potential account suspension, keep your Netflix access limited to users within the same region. This adherence to licensing agreements not only keeps your account safe but also respects the rights of content creators.

How Can Someone Steal Access to Your Netflix Account?

1. Phishing Attacks

Phishing is a deceptive method where attackers masquerade as reputable entities to trick you into providing sensitive data. For Netflix, this might involve emails or texts that look like they’re from Netflix, urging you to click on a link and log in. These fake login pages capture your credentials, giving attackers access to your account. Always verify the authenticity of any communication by contacting Netflix directly through their official channels.

2. Password Reuse

Many people use the same password across multiple sites. If another site is breached, hackers might try those same credentials on Netflix. This is known as credential stuffing. To safeguard your account, use unique, strong passwords for different sites. Consider a password manager to keep track of them all.

3. Unsecured Wi-Fi

Using public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks can expose your Netflix login details to cybercriminals. These individuals can intercept data transferred over these networks. Always use a virtual private network (VPN) when accessing your account on public Wi-Fi to encrypt your connection and protect your credentials.

4. Device Hacking

If your smartphone, tablet, or laptop gets hacked, the intruder could potentially access all applications installed, including Netflix. Ensure your devices are secured with up-to-date antivirus software, and always install the latest operating system updates to protect against vulnerabilities.

5. Social Engineering

Social engineering involves manipulating people into breaking security procedures. If someone calls pretending to be a Netflix support agent and asks for your account details, you might be tempted to comply. Netflix will never ask for your password over the phone. Always be skeptical of unsolicited requests for your personal information.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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