It’s possible that you haven’t heard of Netflix – perhaps you’ve been living under a rock on a remote island. With more than 150 million subscribers (as of September 2019), the video streaming service is one of the most popular television and movie providers in the world. Unfortunately, the reach and depth of Netflix programming also makes the service, and its subscribers, a tempting target for hackers who would like to enjoy movies and TV shows while letting someone else foot the bill.
Sometimes hackers will just change the password but nothing else, and other times they won’t change anything at all (hoping to fly under the radar), but it’s most common for a hacker to change the e-mail address associated with the account so that they can just take the whole thing over. Regardless of the method, there are ways to deal with their hacker attack, and in this article, I will give you the basic rundown of how to defend yourself and get your account back.
How to Tell If Your Account Got Hacked?
Hackers use a wide range of methods to get access to someone’s Netflix account. Sometimes they hack into an account and keep using the same credentials, and they want to get away with watching movies undetected for as long as possible. But some hackers change the password and e-mail of the account, effectively locking the original owner out.
Account Breach Without Information Changes
The easiest way to tell if someone has been using your account is to check the recently watched tab on Netflix. If you see a movie or TV show there that you didn’t watch recently, odds are that your account is being used by someone else. You should change your password immediately, to make sure that the damage doesn’t get any worse and to prevent the hacker from using your account again.
Here is how you can make sure that suspicious activity took place on your Netflix account:
- Log into your Netflix account and select “Account.”
- Click “Viewing activity” to see all the activities that took place on your account. (The hacker can delete the recent activities, so if you are still not sure about what happened, continue to the next step.)
- Click on “Recent device streaming activity” to see the locations where your account was used for logging in.
- Check if there are any unknown logins from other countries or areas.
- If you see a login you were not aware of, it’s possible that your account got hacked. Go back to “Settings” and select “Sign out of all devices.”
That will sign out your account from all devices, including those used by the hacker. Now that you made sure that you are the only person using the account, it’s time to change your password.
Changing your password from mobile devices:
- Log into your Netflix account using any device.
- Select “More” in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
- Go to “App Settings” and scroll down until you find your e-mail address in the “Action” section.
- Tap it, and you will be able to change your password.
- Enable two-step authentication for your Gmail address. That way, you will have to validate each login by clicking on a link you’ll receive in your e-mail. While this might seem like a nuisance, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Changing your password from a computer:
- Log into your Netflix Account.
- Hover over your profile icon in the top-right corner and select “Account” from the dropdown menu.
- Click on “Change Password.” You’ll find it on the top-right of the Account page under “Membership & Billing.”
- On the next page, enter your current password in the first field and your new password in the other two.
- Optionally, you can check the box next to “Require all devices to sign in again with a new password.” This will automatically log out all your connected devices from Netflix.
- Click “Save” to save your new password.
What if My Netflix Account has been Hacked and Email Changed?
You Are Locked Out of Your Account
On the other hand, if you get an e-mail that confirms that you changed the e-mail and password you use to log into your Netflix account, things get a little more complicated. You are now locked out of your Netflix account. If the hacker went the extra mile to change all of your info, including your credit card number, you would have a hard time proving that you’re the original owner of the account.
Based on what we have learned from users who had this problem, you shouldn’t expect to get your stolen account back. Netflix won’t be able to check your original information, and there is no other way you can prove that the account was yours in the first place.
The best outcome is that the stolen account gets deleted. That means that you will have to create a new one to get back to binge-watching your favorite TV shows. It’s all in the hands of the customer support team and how they handle the problem.
Use Everything You Can to Protect Your Account
The best way to make sure that no one else takes control of your Netflix account is to make it as secure as possible from day one. That means that you should create a password that has numbers, capital and lowercase letters, and even a few symbols. You should also set up the two-factor authentication feature that will make you verify that the account is yours every time you want to log in.
If your account gets hacked after all that, at least you’ll know that the hackers had to put in a great deal of extra work. Most of them will give up and go looking for an easier target.
Did anyone ever hack into your Netflix account? What did you do to regain control? Share your methods in the comment section below.
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