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Here's How Netflix Will Try to Keep You From Sharing The Password To Your Account
Although the streaming giant once tweeted, "Love is sharing a password," Netflix has reversed its position and plans to crack down on password-sharing. It’s currently testing a new method to combat widespread password-sharing, which will require each device with a specific login to be connected to the same WiFi network at least once every month.
The Netflix help center explained, "When a device outside of your household signs in to an account or is used persistently, we may ask you to verify that device before it can be used to watch Netflix or switch your Netflix household." Those traveling away from their home WiFi can request a code granting one device seven days of usage outside the household.
It's unclear how often this can be done, as the streamer also warns that it detects household devices through "IP addresses, device IDs, and account activity from devices signed into the Netflix account." Many have voiced their disapproval of Netflix's new policy, a decision that could be devastating for the company if users cancel their subscriptions en masse.