How to find out if your Netflix has been hacked — and easily fix it in under 5 minutes (NFLX)

Business Insider Entertainment 0 month ago

If you have noticed some shows popping up in your Netflix watch history unexpectedly, there's a chance someone might have hacked your account. And it's more common than you might think.

In fact, a 2019 study by UK-based cyber-security firm DynaRisk found that Netflix accounts were among the most likely on the web to be targeted in hacks, Forbes reported.

Netflix lets multiple people use an account at the same time, and this feature is great when it allows you to mooch off a friend's account without inconveniencing them.

But one problem with this policy is that it has inadvertently created a black market for "access" to stolen Netflix accounts. A report by McAfee Labs in 2015 revealed that you could buy access to Netflix accounts in "Dark Web" marketplaces, which can only be accessed using a special internet browser called TOR that hides your computer's digital footprint, known as an IP address.

Hackers in these marketplaces were selling "lifetime" access to Netflix accounts for as little as $0.50. While some of these accounts are likely purchased with stolen credit card information, others used hacked login information, Raj Samani, the CTO of Intel Security, previously told Business Insider. And sometimes hackers don't even sell the stolen accounts, but rather, just dump the login credentials on the internet for people to use.

Luckily, there's an easy way to check if you've been hacked, and fix it.

Here's how:

First, log into Netflix and go to the "Account" page.

Then check your device streaming activity.

Here you'll be able to see all the places your account has been accessed from. If you don't recognize any of them, it's likely your account has been hacked.

If you need more proof of suspicious activity, return to the "Account" section and check your viewing activity.

Note that your viewing activity can be modified (you can choose titles to "hide from viewing history"), so there may not be a sign of unusual activity.

If you think you think you've been hacked, there's an easy fix. Navigate back to settings and choose "Sign out of all devices."

This will kick everyone who is logged into your account off. Then you can change your password, and they won't be able to get back in.

Once you've done that, you should try and figure out how you were hacked. A good place to start is haveibeenpwned.com.


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