Netflix is cracking down on users sharing their passwords. Account-holders have been sharing their passwords with family and friends for many years. Unless you are in the same household as the account holder, Netflix wants people to have their own account. When you log into your account, a pop-up will appear on the screen and a verification code will be sent to the account holder’s e-mail.
“Yeah, my friend called me and asking for a pin number. I didn’t know what she was talking about. So I checked my e-mail and saw an e-mail from Netflix,” said an account holder who wanted to stay anonymous.
The New York Times reported Netflix wants those who are using their streaming services are authorized to do so. The company said the feature was being tested with a limited number of users. It may signal a broader clampdown on the common practice of sharing passwords among relatives and friends to avoid paying for the popular streaming service.
A basic Netflix subscription, which allows customers to watch on one screen at a time, costs $8.99 a month. Customers who pay more can watch on additional screens concurrently.