Hackers are selling lifetime subscriptions to Netflix and other streaming services which enable the buyers to access unsuspecting paying customers accounts.
According to a McAfee Labs research report the hackers are charging less than a dollar for each Netflix account and are guaranteeing lifetime access.
The hackers are able to do this by taking advantage of a popular Netflix feature which allows users to share their passwords with other people. Meanwhile, those whose accounts are being sold are completely unaware that anything is amiss.
Here is how you can figure out if your account has been compromised and how to fix the problem once and for all.
According to Motherboard, the first step should be checking out the website haveibeenpwned.com to verify if your information was included in that accessed by the hackers. However, this may not always be 100% accurate so it is also recommended that you look into your Netflix account.
Your Recently Watched section can provide a good indication as to whether or not a stranger has been using your account; however there is an even quicker fix provided by Business Insider.
Go into “your account” age and select the “sign out of all devices” option. That’s it.
This will automatically end all active Netflix sessions on all devices logged into your account. After this you can simply change your password.
It is then recommended not to share your passwords with family and friends to allow some time to see if hackers are able to crack into your account a second time. This simply ensures that it is easier for you to notice any strange activity.
Another sign to look out for is creation of new “viewer profiles,” which if unexpected can indicate an unknown party accessing the account.
Since the hackers are selling “lifetime” subscriptions it is likely that they may have accessed other sensitive information vis-a-vis your account which would enable them to continue to gain access. You should make sure to change passwords to all of your online services, creating a unique password for each one.
Finally, you should keep an eye on your bank activity to ensure there have been no fraudulent charges.