Netflix Cracking Down on Password Sharing

Kenny Doan

Let’s be honest—every time you want to watch our favorite movies, yet you used up the free trials or don’t want to pay $13.99 to stream your favorite show or movie, you rely on your friends or family to share their Netflix password.. right? Sharing passwords has been common practice among friends and family, so when Netflix announced the news to crack down on password sharers—you’re better off keeping your password to yourself or buy the subscription services Netflix offers.

So, what’s the big deal? 

Netflix is seeking ways to stop password sharing for both business and security reasons. Sources from Netflix said they will introduce a basic form of two-factor authentication. Currently, this feature is a trial and the test is only applied for account security as well as password sharing.

If you do try to log in from a new device, a prompt will appear: “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.” Below the prompt, it will give you an option to receive a code emailed or texted to the account owner. If you fail to verify as the account owner, Netflix will proceed to redirect you to make a new account and buy the subscription service.

Well… hypothetically, you could ask the account owner for the code, which defeats the whole purpose but does cover the security reasons somewhat. The account owner also has the option to delay verification and keep on watching Netflix.

Sorry Netflix, but I’m still giving my password to my mom so she can continue to binge watch “The Queen’s Gambit.” What do you think of Netflix’s trial to crack down on password sharing? Do you think it’ll work in the future? Let us know what you think in the comments!