Netflix tries to restrict sharing of passwords:

The accounts Netflix allow up to five different users, however, do not restrict the number of devices logged. This has led to many users sharing their password with several and even dozens of people. But it is something that is coming to an end , at least that is what a new test function that appears to some Netflix users suggests.

According to GammaWire, some users who try to use someone else’s account now get an alert message. The message says “If you do not live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to continue viewing.” Of course, it also offers the option to verify that you are the owner of the account by receiving an email or text message with a verification code.

A third option is a button that says “Check later” and in principle allows the user to continue watching Netflix for an undetermined time. However, sooner or later the option to verify the account or create a new one appears again.

How does Netflix get to know that the user is not the owner of the account? Most likely it is due to the location of the device attempting to play . If it does not coincide, for example, with the place where the mobile or tablet is also located … something suspicious is there and enough to launch a verification message.

Streaming and shared passwords:

For years Netflix has turned a blind eye when it comes to verifying whether accounts are used only by their owners or by more people. In a statement from its CEO in 2016, it actually indicated that “sharing passwords is something you have to learn to live with” in reference to the fact that there are too many legitimate ways to share it so it is difficult to verify.

However, things have begun to change and Netflix seeks to apply a greater restriction in this regard. In 2019 you could see this coming . Now, in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter they confirmed the existence of the new feature . They say the test “is designed to help ensure that people who use Netflix accounts are authorized to do so.”

Other streaming platforms have generally been more restrictive from the start on this issue. Amazon Prime, Filmin or HBO among others allow only 2 devices at a time, although they allow you to create four or up to six different profiles. Perhaps the most lax of all together Netflix is ​​right now Disney +, which allows four devices at the same time and up to a total of seven profiles.


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