Sep 6th, 2016

What is it?

2-step verification is a pretty common feature these days. Most accounts that store some type of important data for the consumer has this. Essentially, 2-step verification is an extra layer of security for your account. After setup, this requires the user to enter a randomly-generated string of characters sent to their phone following a login attempt. After years of users asking, Sony has finally brought the feature to PSN.

Why should I care?

Aside from making your account more secure, it leaves you with the peace of mind that any credit cards or PayPal accounts you may have linked to your PSN account are relatively safe. Even if a hacker were to get the password to your PSN account, they would still need your phone to log into the account. Also, a lot of people have been getting their account hacked these last few weeks:

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How do I enable it?

Good question! The process is rather simple. Here’s everything you need:

  1. A phone
  2. A PSN account
  3. Internet

Simple things, but better to be thorough. Now setting up the feature can be slightly different depending on what method you choose. You can setup 2-step verification on your web browser of choice or PS4. Instructions for both processes can be found below:

WEB BROWSER:

  1. Navigate to the following link: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/account-security/2-step-verification/
  2. Sign into your PSN account
  3. Click “edit” next to “Inactive” under “Status”
  4.  On the next screen where it tells you how “To sign in with 2-step verification” click “Activate” at the bottom.
  5. Afterwards, when it tells you how to sign into your account on a PS Vita or PS3, click “continue”
  6. Enter the phone number you want verification codes to go to.
  7. At this point, you’ll receive a text message with the verification code. Enter that on the next screen and click “verify.”
  8. Now leave the field entitled “Sign out this account on all your other devices.” This will sign out of your PSN account on all non-PS4 devices. (We’re not sure why it skips the PS4). Afterwards, hit “ok.”
  9. Now you’re finished!

PS4:

  1. Turn on your console and sign into your profile.
  2. Go to “settings”
  3. Go to PlayStation Network/Account Management
  4. Go to Account Information
  5. Go to Security
  6. Sign into your PSN account
  7. Go to “Mobile Phones”
  8. Go to “Add Your Mobile Phone”
  9. Enter the verification code
  10. When it asks if you want to activate 2-step verification click “activate”
  11. Click Ok
  12. Afterwards, make sure it’s set to sign out of all devices the PSN account is logged into.
  13. Congratulations, you’re finished!

Once you have 2-step verification activated, anytime you wish to sign into a new device for the first time, you’ll be sent a verification code. If you’re signing into a PS Vita or PS3, you’ll be sent a password to enter in the password field instead.

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