If you subscribe to a streaming service, it is possible your account could be getting used by other people. Selling login details for services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Sling TV is a big business. According to recent reports, stolen login details are up for sale for as cheap as $8.81.
How common is this? It happened to Cord Cutters News just a few months ago. Now we are hearing a growing number of reports about accounts for streaming services like Hulu being stolen.
So, how are they doing this? Often people use the same username and password for multiple accounts. When one of these sites is compromised, they try that username and password on services like Netflix and Hulu. If they find one that works, they sell it for a quick profit.
Here is what you should know:
Someone may be using your account, and you don’t even know.
When these accounts are sold, they tell people to not change passwords, add anything to favorites, or create a profile. Thankfully, the person who bought my account didn’t listen to them, which alerted me to the fact that someone was using my account.
How can you find out if someone is using your account?
The easiest way to see if people are using your account is to check your connected devices. Services like Hulu let you see all the linked devices to your account. There, you can remove them if you don’t know the device. If you find devices you do not own linked, you will not only want to remove them but also change your password. (They can always just log back in.) You can find out how to do this on Hulu HERE. (Most services allow this option.)
It is crucial to use a different password for your bank as you use on random sites. Although your bank may not be compromised, a small site could be. You may also want to start using a different password for sites like Netflix and Hulu vs a random chat group.
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