Sony published a very detailed video about how to activate 2-Step Verification (2SV) on your PlayStation device. For those who don’t know what it means, 2-Step Verification is, in small words, a paranoia pill for all those who want to be sure no one is breaking into their stuff.
What is 2-Step Verification?
On a serious note, 2-Step Verification adds a second security layer to your PSN login by sending a text message to your mobile phone, as a second password for your account. That means you can actually tell your password to anyone, and the only thing that a person can do is sending you an automatically text message each time he attempts to break into your account. 🙂
2-Step Verification is not something new on the internet, I am using it for years on my Gmail account, one of the places I want no other person ever look, and I think I am not the only one who thinks like this. Facebook also has it and I am using also because I have clients in this area and I am managing their FB Pages, Twitter has it, every big platform has it. It’s kinda mandatory in 2019.
Do you need 2-Step Verification on your account?
Let’s think about the things you’ll lose in the case that, for example, someone is guessing your password, and I know that everyone is thinking about the games they bought. Well, in this case you will lose only the games you bought online and the stats, if the hacker is playing your games, and a hell lot more if you are a streamer, for example.
Other thing that you might lose is money, in some conditions. Who breaks into your account can order some games if he wants, and… you will pay for it if you do not have activated the PS4 to ask for your password at checkout, and Sony is keeping your bank card. But I think this can be avoided too, if you are also using the app and website for browsing the store. In that case, if I am not mistaken, PlayStation will ask for the expiration date and CSV of your card.
Anyway, there is only one case in which you might say that you don’t lose anything: if you don’t care about your progress in the games and you have all the games on CDs. You know. That type of player who is selling the CDs after he is finishing the campaign. 🙂
Is there any disadvantages?
Well, there are, but none if you live in 2019.
If you want, 2SV can be mandatory only for the first time you login on your own device. There will be a checkbox on every platform’s login section (PS4, mobile app, browser) that makes it remember the 2SV, and you can use that device without being necessary to login every time you want to play, or buy a game.
On the other hand, you need to carry your mobile phone, charged, and kept in range of a cellular network or a wifi area, whenever authentication might be necessary. There might be also the possibility for someone to clone your SIM and get access to your mobile connection, but I don’t think your PlayStation account might be part of such a drama. 🙂
Stay safe! 🙂