With hacking becoming more and more prevalent in today's internet culture, it's incredibly important to protect yourself. Yes, that includes your video game console. You might be scratching your head, wondering why on earth someone would target your Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4, but, think about it — you input personal information, right? Your name, address, email, credit card number, it's all there for the taking. As it stands, you need to add both a passcode and two-factor authentication. This can be managed on either web browser or through the console itself. Below we'll explain how for each of the three consoles listed above.
Open your web browser and log in with your Nintendo ID.
Select your icon > Settings > Sign In & Security Settings > 2 Step Verification Setting
You'll need an authentication app (Authy or Google Authenticator are recommended) to scan the Nintendo QR code and store the two-factor authentication settings on your phone.
After enabling the security, check your email for a verification code.
Lastly, open the authenticator app, scan the QR code, and enter the verification code.
You'll also be given a series of backup codes, store those in a safe location.
Microsoft Xbox One
Hit the Xbox logo.
Settings page > Select All Settings > Account > Sign in > Security > Passkey.
Enter a passkey using the controller (preferably something no one would be able to guess, obviously) and you're set.
Add two-factor authentication to your Microsoft account by visiting Xbox.com > Login > Select User Icon > View My Microsoft Account > Select Security > More Security Options (below the Security Basics section) > Enable two-factor authentication.
Sony PlayStation 4
Sign In > Select Your Profile Picture > Account Settings
On the account management page, you'll see security options.
Enable two-step verification option > Associate your phone number with your account.
As you can see, none of these processes should take more than 10-minutes and have the potential to save you from a world of headache. Additionally, if you happen to have children or share your console with other people, this is a great way to protect your settings.
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