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Netflix Is Cracking Down On People Using Someone Else’s Account


Netflix Is Cracking Down On People Using Someone Else’s Account

Ever since Netflix became a global phenomenon, users have been working around having to pay the monthly subscription.

Plenty of people will use their parent's, friend's, partner's or even their ex's account because they know the login details and it doesn't matter if they're halfway around the world.

But Netflix is cracking down on this behaviour.

The streaming service has started rolling out a message to people who don't pay for the service that says: "If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching."

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Credit: PA

In order to get past the message, you are given the option to verify your identity through a code that is either texted or emailed to the account holder, or you can 'verify later', which allows you to keep bingeing for an undisclosed period of time before you're forced to input a code.

The new policy was spotted by GammaWire and Netflix has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter it's part of a new campaign to stop people using the service for nothing.

A spokesperson said: "This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so."


It's unclear what countries will be receiving the test but THR says it will be rolled out steadily across the world to increase security and protect people's accounts from users that want to scab it for free.

Technically, you might still be able to get the service as long as the person paying for it knows that you're using their account details.

Netflix introduced an additional security clearance method last year that required users to chuck in a four-digit code if you wanted to protect your individual account once you've logged in.

The feature came as part of a wider update to help improve parental controls, based on feedback from Netflix members.

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Credit: PA

A statement from Michelle Parsons, Kids Product Manager at Netflix, said: "Everyone can now add these new, improved controls to their profile by going to account settings on our mobile or laptop.

"Choice and control have always been important for our members, especially parents. We hope that these additional controls will help parents make the right choices for their families."

If you want to set up a pin, simply sign in to your Netflix account and select one of your profiles. Hover over your profile picture, which you'll find in the top right hand corner, and click on 'Account'.


You then scroll down to 'Profile and Parental Controls', where you can select the profile you'd like to add pin-protection to.

Select 'Profile Lock', enter your account's password and tick the box, before creating a pin code and hitting 'Save'.

According to a blog post on the Netflix media centre, along with the pin-protected individual profiles, users can also: tailor their kids' Netflix experience by filtering out titles that are not appropriate for their age; remove individual series or films by title.

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Topics: News, Netflix

Stewart Perrie
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