Does Netflix Notify You When Someone Else Logs In to Your Account?
These days everyone is using Netflix to stream their favorite TV shows and movies. It is a great improvement over the standard cable TV which is pretty limited in some regards. One of its major flaws is that you’re vulnerable to your neighbors stealing your cable. They can split the line and receive your cable subscription for free.
Netflix, on the other hand, is a modern, online service and provides much versatility. You can use it on just about any device: mobile, tablet, PC, etc. However, the stealing problem got much bigger for Netflix than it ever was for cable. Only people in your close proximity could steal your cable, but anyone in the world can steal your Netflix account.
Read on find out how to deal with Netflix account hacking and increase your account’s security.
Netflix Account Sharing
If you are wondering if it is allowed to share your Netflix account information with your friends and family, it totally is. Even the CEO of Netflix stated that it is completely fine and he encouraged people to do so. This way they are getting more potential subscribers because once somebody gets hooked, they will likely get an account of their own.
It is fine if you gave your password to a friend, but they may give it to somebody else and so on. It is not good when a bunch of people know your passwords. In case you did not know, only a limited number of devices can access each Netflix account and the number depends on your subscription plan.
How to Check Who Is Hooked onto Your Netflix Account
Sharing your account with friends is a noble thing to do, but you do not want uninvited guests on it. Follow these steps to see if there is an imposter:
- Use your credentials to log into Netflix.
- Select your username to go to your account.
- Choose Viewing Activity.
- Click on Recent device streaming activity.
- On this page, you will be able to see the time and date, country and state of people who used your account. Also, you will see their IP address and the type of device they were using.
- If any of the entries do not match your info or the info of people you shared your account with, the chances are you’ve got an intruder.
- Netflix recommends that you change your password immediately if you suspect someone is using it without your authorization.
- Another measure is signing out of all devices which are linked to your account. This will disconnect all of them, but it can take a while. Note that this is not wise if your device was stolen. You can use Netflix tracking to locate the thief.
Netflix Will Notify You When Someone Else Logs In
Netflix, in fact, notifies its users about unauthorized login attempts. Their service recognizes all new devices that try to connect. If you’ve logged in from a new device you can ignore the notification, but if the device you’re notified about seems unfamiliar, it is definitely someone else. Make sure to change your password straight away if an unknown device logged into your account.
How to Prevent People from Stealing Your Netflix Account
Here are some of the best tips for keeping your Netflix account safe:
Use a Strong Password
Every Internet site or service ever will tell you to use a unique password. There is a reason for this. If you use the same password for your social media, email and other sites, you make it predictable and easy to abuse.
Besides it being different, try using a strong password: it should have 10 or more characters, random upper or lower cases of letters, symbols, and numbers. Do not use your personal information in your passwords.
Change your password from time to time. To do it go to your account page on your Netflix account.
Use an Antivirus
Everybody catches a virus or other type of malware from time to time, and most of them are designed to steal your information, including passwords. It is best to run some antivirus or antimalware software once in a while.
Report Anything Fishy to Netflix
There are many imposters on the Internet that claim to be Netflix representatives or likewise. Netflix would never take your personal info via email. Avoid clicking any links in such emails and report their senders directly to Netflix.
They say sharing is caring, but you should not share your Netflix account with total strangers. Remember that your access to Netflix is restricted to a very limited number of devices, so be careful who you share your account with.