As you take precautions to secure your most commonly used accounts, it’s likely that emails, blog platforms, and social media platforms spring to mind. But it may not occur to you to check your online security for video streaming sites. And specifically, Netflix.
Are you among the many out there that come home from work and settle in for an evening of Netflix binge watching? If so, you may be vulnerable to cybersecurity issues without realizing it.
In fact, Netflix has reportedly been the target of security attacks, in which hackers gain access to personal and financial details of users and sell them on the black market, as Trend Micro points out. And a new email scam targeting Netflix users was making the rounds late last year.
You likely don’t associate Netflix with being a high-risk internet account — and really, it shouldn’t be. But having an account for almost any online service carries some security risk, so it makes sense that Netflix wouldn’t be an exception. To take steps to bolster your account security protocols for increased protection, check out our handy guide below.
Use A Unique Password
If you’ve checked out any of other security guides, you’ll recognize our first tip here: create a unique password for your Netflix account that you’ve never used for another site and never will in the future.
It sounds simple, but it’s a vital primary security step. While it’s easier on the memory to use one password across your sites, it considerably heightens your vulnerability. If hackers gets access to your information for any one of your accounts, they can then access all of them.
When personal and financial details are at stake, a strong, unique password trumps the convenience of reuse. Netflix also recommends changing your password periodically.
[Check out our guide to The Best Password Managers.]
Don’t Share Your Login Information
This seems like an obvious one, but it’s often ignored by design with Netflix. It’s become common practice to lend a friend or family your Netflix password so they can watch titles through your account.
Nobody is claiming that your dear friend or sibling is going to be the one to compromise your security. But when more people have access to your account, security risk inevitably grows. If someone with your login information doesn’t take as careful security precautions as you do, a new party could gain unwarranted access to your account.
Even if you don’t actually share your login information with anyone, careless practices could still leave someone with a window to get in. You may find yourself logging in to Netflix from a variety of computers or devices. (For example, to watch a movie from your account at a friend’s house or screening room.)
To keep your account on lock, make sure to always sign out of any devices where you don’t typically use your login information.
If you’re not sure if you’ve been diligent about this, Netflix provides an option for you to easily logout anywhere your account is currently signed in. To do this, open your Netflix account and click the face icon in the top right. Then click Account. Scroll down to Settings, where you’ll see the option to Sign out of all devices. Click that and you’ll be taken to a new screen asking you to confirm your choice. Click Sign out to initiate the comprehensive logout process.
Beware Of Suspicious Emails
If you’re targeted for a Netflix scam, odds are it’ll be in the form of a suspicious email, sometimes referred to as a phishing attempt. This would seemingly look like an email from Netflix, often giving you a link to follow to adjust your account information. A quick way to make sure you’re not following a bad link is to never enter any information into Netflix if you didn’t arrive at the site by going into the URL bar yourself and typing in “netflix.com.” You should also never give any financial information through a link sent through an email inquiry. The site will never ask you for personal information at all via email.
If you receive an email that seems off, you can send it along to [email protected] to have the company look into it.
Use Malware Protection
For an extra layer of safety, you may want to opt to install malware protection on your computer. In this instance, if a phishing email or any intrusion tries to have you click on something that would install harmful software on your computer to get access to your account information, the protective software would kick into gear to warn you against that download.