Network Security

Sony confirms two-factor authentication coming to PlayStation network

Three years after Microsoft introduced a two-factor authentication into its Xbox Live online gaming network, Sony has confirmed it will incorporate the same security feature into its PlayStation Network services.

"In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a two-step verification feature," a Sony representative was quoted as saying in a Polygon article earlier this week.

The new feature has reportedly not gone live yet, but when it does, customers who enable 2FA can bolster the security of their accounts by adding an extra step to the conventional log-in process. Typically, this means entering a security code sent to a cell phone or email in addition to one's usual username and password.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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