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Netflix subscribers have noticed a big flaw in company's anti-password sharing plan

Netflix subscribers have noticed a big flaw in company's anti-password sharing plan

This could be a nightmare for a lot of users.

As the cost of living crisis continues to wreak havoc in our lives, a lot of folk have been left disappointed by Netflix's crackdown on password sharing.

But it looks like the anti-password sharing method might not be as full-proof as the company hoped, as film and TV fans have just noticed a major flaw.

The new, anti-password sharing measures have been designed to stop people from sharing their accounts with people outside their households.

This has been something of a staple of Netflix use for years now - with partners, friends and family often helping each other out by using the same account.

However, this will no longer be allowed and instead, users will have to pay extra if they want to share their account with someone outside their household.

The new policy will be enforced by ensuring that users log into their account using their home WiFi once every 31 days.

If they fail to do so - as in, if they are a person using someone else's account from a different location - then the account will be blocked.

It's game over if you've been using someone else's Netflix account.
Alamy / Yevhen Shkolenko

But the company did stress that the change won't affect anyone who uses the service on the go.

Netflix told LADbible: "Today's widespread account sharing (100M+ households) undermines our long term ability to invest in and improve Netflix, as well as build our business.

"While our terms of use limit use of Netflix to a household, we recognise this is a change for members who share their account more broadly.

"As we roll out paid sharing, members in many countries will also have the option to pay extra if they want to share Netflix with people they don't live with.

"As is the case today, all members will be able to watch while travelling, whether on a TV or mobile device."

Netflix stressed that you can still use the service on the go.
Alamy / Sitthiphong Thadakun

However, streaming fans have claimed that this sign-in method is flawed because you could get locked out of your own legitimate account if you're not at home for an extended period of time.

Taking to the Facebook group Netflix Bangers, one fan wrote: "Is it true we have to sign into Netflix every month from home or we're blocked? Doesn't make sense. What if we are away from home?"

A second complained: "So my husband who is a truck driver and gone up to 3 months at a time sometimes, will get locked out if he can't sign in fro home? Netflix is ridiculous."

"Netflix is getting greedy," slammed a third in reaction to the flaw.

According to Forbes, while Netflix does say in its FAQ that temporary codes can be given out for seven days account access, if your trip is longer than this, you'll need to contact them directly to have your account unblocked.

Needless to say, this will undoubtedly be a headache for a lot of users.

LADbible has reached out to Netflix for further comment.

Featured Image Credit: Rawf8 /Rokas Tenys / Alamy

Topics: Netflix