Netflix has introduced a new test to tighten password sharing practices, which are common on its platform.
The company will ask users to verify whether they own the account by sending an email or text code. If the user is unable to verify the ownership of the account within a certain time frame, Netflix will prevent them from streaming its content.
According to Vergel, Netflix currently has more than 200 million subscribers worldwide. While this new test may not completely curb password sharing as account owners can send codes to their friends who are using the same account, this is a step forward towards improving the system.
However, it is also important to note that a large proportion of password sharing practices are actually legitimate as well; For example, someone is sharing their Netflix password with their spouse or children.
Furthermore, it is also unclear how Netflix’s domestic account should be used. For some people this may mean a physical home, although for others, it may be a family with children in college using the same account.
The test is not specific to any one country or even to a specific length.
It is also important to note that the introduction of new and improved password sharing tests is also intended to improve overall security measures on the Netflix app, which are essential to account security.