Sony has so graciously added two-step verification for PlayStation and Vita users after the major hack 5 years ago that made them shut down their network and exposed the personal information of many of their 77 million accounts at the time. I say that with a little sarcasm because it annoys me when massive companies take their sweet time protecting their customers personal and financial information. Especially when Microsoft added 2-step verification more than 3 years ago. All griping aside, I am happy two-step verification is finally here and below is all the steps you need to take to protect your account right now.
Enabling Two-step Verification
You have many options for enabling two-step verification on your PlayStation Network account. You can do it on the PS4, the web, or on the PlayStation App for Android and iOS.
PlayStation 4 Instructions
Setting it up is easy, turn on your PS4 and go to Settings -> PlayStation Network Account Management -> Account Information -> Security -> 2-Step Verification. Follow the instruction prompts and your account will be secure in no time.
Web and PlayStation App Instructions
If you’re not by your PS4 you can activate 2-step verification easily from Sony’s website or from inside the PlayStation App. Instead of opening up the app it’s easier to do it by visiting the official 2-step verification page on Sony’s website and following the on-screen instructions to lock your account down.
If any of you are unfamiliar with 2-step verification, here is how it works. You will provide Sony with your mobile phone number. Any time you try to login to PSN you will receive a text message that will need to be entered before you can fully login to your PS4.
Given PSN’s troubled past, you really shouldn’t wait around to do this. You don’t want to see a bunch of charges show up on your bank account and then have to deal with Sony’s support team to regain access to your account.