Netflix may stop allowing the sharing of passwords

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Netflix is announcing that it may stop allowing users to share passwords with others who live elsewhere, in a worrying move for those who love to freeload off of their friends.

Some freeloaders took to Twitter to share the news of an apparent ban on sharing passwords as they say they were notified that they needed to be subscribers of the service in order to keep watching.

Netflix included an offer in the notice to try the service free for 30 days, according to a copy of the notice that was posted by a user on Twitter.

Netflix currently tries to discourage the sharing of passwords by offering verification to those trying to log into an account by sending a code through SMS or email to the subscriber. The subscriber then can confirm whether of not the other user is, indeed, living with them.

A Netflix spokesperson relayed the information to The Streamable, a US media outlet, who first broke the news of the crackdown.

“This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so.”

Consulting firm Magid says nearly 1/3 of subscribers to Netflix streaming services share their passwords with people who don’t live with them and the practise has been tolerated for years.

Source: The Thaiger

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