Netflix doesn't want to ban account sharing, it just wants to make it harder

Many of you probably share your Netflix password with several friends or family members. On the streaming service, each account allows up to five different users and there are no limits on the number of connected devices.

Bad news: sharing your password easily will become much more complicated. At least, that's what a new feature that's popping up with some Netflix users suggests.

Double authentication

According to GammaWire, some users who try to use someone else's account are now getting an alert message. The message reads, "If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching."

Of course, it also offers the option to verify that you are the owner of the account by receiving an email or text message with a verification code.

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A third option is a Check Later button, which in principle allows you to continue watching Netflix for an indefinite period of time. However, sooner or later the option to verify the account reappears.

A function under test for the moment

Netflix certainly checks the location of the device you're trying to connect from to trigger this verification scenario. The American group has confirmed the existence of a test phase to ensure that people who use Netflix accounts are allowed to do so.


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The Los Gatos firm talks about anti-piracy. However, this new functionality could mark the beginning of the end of this lax policy of password sharing.

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