How to Turn On PlayStation Two Step Verification

Introduction

Two-step verification is critical to keeping you safe from anyone who would want to break into your Sony PlayStation Network account. Users who get into your account can steal your identify, get your address, see credit card details, and more. Thankfully, Sony makes turning on 2-step verification on your PSN account relatively easy. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Turn on PlayStation Two Step Verification

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to PlayStation.com. You’ll land on the PlayStation website.
  2. Click “Sign In” and then sign in to the PlayStation account you want to add two-step verification to.
  3. Click your profile icon at the top of the screen to open a menu, and then click “Account Settings.” You’ll be routed to your Sony Account Settings screen.
  4. Click “Security” in the menu. A prompt appears letting you know that you’ll be routed to another page. Click “Continue.” You’ll land on the Security screen for your PlayStation account.
  5. Make sure the “Security” tab is selected in the menu on the left side of the screen, and then find the 2-Step Verification section on the right side of the screen. Click “Edit” in this section. The 2-Step Verification window is shown letting you know that adding two step verification means that you’ll get a verification code through your chosen method that will need to be supplied after you enter your password to access your PlayStation account.
  6. You can choose to receive the two step verification code to access your PlayStation account through either a text message or an authenticator app. In this example I’ll choose to use an authenticator app.
  7. Click “Continue” after scanning the code into your authenticator app. You’ll see a prompt to enter the two step verification code you’re now getting through the authenticator app. Enter the code you get in your authenticator app. The next window lets you know that you successfully set up two step verification for your Sony PlayStation account, and gives you backup codes you can use in the event you lose access to your authenticator app going forward and need to get into your account. Copy these codes into a safe place you can access in the event you lose access to your authenticator app.
  8. Scroll down this screen, click to confirm you’ve saved these backup codes for future use, and then click “OK.”

Reasons to Turn On PlayStation Two-Step Verification

1. Increased Security

With the growing prevalence of cyber attacks, it is more important than ever to ensure that your personal information is secure. By turning on Two-Step Verification for your PlayStation account, you are adding an additional layer of security that can make it much more difficult for hackers to gain access. This simple step can help protect your personal information from being compromised and can give you greater peace of mind when using your PlayStation.

2. Protection Against Unauthorized Access

If someone gains access to your PlayStation account login information, they could potentially do a lot of damage. However, by turning on Two-Step Verification, you are adding an additional layer of protection that can prevent unauthorized access. This means that even if someone has your login information, they will not be able to gain access to your account without also having access to your mobile device. By requiring this additional step, Two-Step Verification can help prevent unauthorized access and protect your personal information.

3. Prevention of Unauthorized Purchases

One of the potential risks of having your PlayStation account compromised is that someone could make unauthorized purchases using your account. However, by turning on Two-Step Verification, you can add an extra layer of protection that can prevent this from happening. With Two-Step Verification enabled, anyone attempting to make a purchase on your account will need to complete an additional verification step, making it much more difficult for unauthorized purchases to be made.

4. Compliance with Regulations

In some cases, turning on Two-Step Verification is not just a good security practice, it is also required by regulatory bodies. For example, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council requires Two-Step Verification for all accounts that store or process credit card information. By turning on Two-Step Verification for your PlayStation account, you can ensure that you are in compliance with any relevant regulations.

5. Peace of Mind

Finally, turning on Two-Step Verification for your PlayStation account can provide you with greater peace of mind. By taking this simple step, you can be confident that your personal information is well-protected and that your account is less likely to be compromised. This can allow you to enjoy using your PlayStation without worrying about potential security risks and can help you feel more confident and secure when using other online services as well.

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