Hackers selling stolen Netflix accounts online, check if your account is affected

“A new report by McAfee Labs claims that hackers are selling access to Netflix accounts for as little as a dollar a time,” Oliver Haslam reports for Redmond Pie. “Couple that with the fact that those hackers claim to be able to offer lifetime access to those accounts, and things start to get even more concerning.”

“What if you are a Netflix subscriber and want to see whether or not your account has been compromised?” Haslam reports. “Well, that’s actually quite easy.”

“Before you check whether you have been hacked, the best thing to do is head into your Netflix settings and click the Sign out of all devices button. That does exactly what it says it does, and will mean that you will need to sign back into Netflix on every device you own,” Haslam reports. “That’s good though, because you’re going to change your password before logging back in, meaning anyone who did have access before, won’t any longer.”

More info and screenshots in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Use strong passwords!

Too many people use a single password for multiple services and weak ones at that. Once hackers guess it, they then have access to all sorts of things: cloud storage, bank accounts, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

Use unique, strong passwords. Use Apple’s Keychain Access and iCloud Keychain to create and manage them. When used properly, this system works like a dream.

11 Comments

  1. I normally watch Netflix from an Apple TV. iCloud Keychain and Keychain Access don’t work so well from Apple TV as far as I know. And good luck entering a strong password from the brai-dead keyboard on the latest Apple TV.

    1. Cry me a river. It’s not that freaking hard, lol. My passwords would make a grown man cry and I still manage to enter them in about the same time it would take to grab my phone, open the remote app, connect, and enter it that way.

        1. No. He’s actually right. You can navigate from one end to the other in a single swipe. The touch pad allows fast navigation. It was the clicker in the previous model that caused frustration.

          1. He’s saying that he can type a password that would make “make a grown man cry” faster on the ATV4 than it would take to open the Remote app on the iPhone and enter it there; not simply that typing the password on an ATV4 is faster than the previous ATVs.

            I agree that the ATV4 text input is faster than the previous ATVs. I find it to be much faster.

            However this is the format of my typical password:
            fyi2y+Lgy]dN%+FTijamee*Lppjio2XgXqWfYp{AJw.Ur>L(a/

            I don’t consider that “cry worthy” at all, but try typing that in the ATV4. However faster it is than the previous ATVs, it’s much more cumbersome that entering it on a previous ATV by copying from 1Password and pasting it into the Remote app, or even just typing it into the Remote app.

            Even better, try entering your password in a room full of people without them being able to see your password. That was a HUGE advantage of the Remote app.

            The bigger point is that it shouldn’t even be entered at all. You should be able to authorize everything through Touch ID on your iPhone.

            1. That password format is cry worthy, lol..I may have exaggerated a wee bit 😉

              I’ve been playing a lot of games using the remote, so I have become very accurate with regard to the left-right swiping motion…so maybe that helps.

              On a broader point..I NEEDED my phone to enter passwords on the old atv..while not perfect, the new control scheme, with a little practice, is far better and does not necessitate an iOS app.

              Having said that, I can’t for the life of me understand why they haven’t updated the app for the new atv…it makes no sense and, I think, part of apples bad philosophy of forcing the user to do it their way instead of giving us the flexibility we once had.

              What about people with poor motor control? Does Apple think someone with early stage Parkinson’s could deal with text entry with this remote?

              Also, the comment about the new scheme allowing other people in the room to see your password is valid and was the first thing I noticed when setting up the atv with my kids in the room. Nobody knows “daddy’s secret password” lol, and my daughter was watching me very carefully…

            2. Fair enough. I agree with everything you said in this comment.

              For me, it’s really frustrating because I own a media business that requires the use of multiple Apple IDs and the security of those IDs. My passwords are randomly generated and replaced frequently which isn’t a problem when you can copy and paste from a manager and Touch ID, but the ATV4, is a problem while the solution is sitting right there unimplemented.

    2. We watch nearly everything on the Apple TV and completely agree with the iCloud Keychain access on it. It would be nice to have a feature that allows you to signin to an Apple TV with your Apple ID without having to then signin to each app. Yeah, it’s not THAT difficult BUT this is an Apple device and ease of use along with simplicity are paramount to Apple devices.

  2. Netflix has awful security. Look around online and you’ll find plenty of folks who’ve had their accounts compromised. I’ve been one and I use strong randomly generated passwords. Someone in Brazil had access to my account on a windows mobile device though and Netflix had zero explaination, even after logging out of all devices through their site and changing my password to another randomly generated one, a few weeks later the same person was accessing the account.

    Of course Netflix blamed me. But it was simply impossible. I believe the story when it says hackers are selling “lifetime access”. The only thing I could do was completely cancel my account and start anew.

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