Have you ever found someone using your Netflix account without your permission? Maybe one day you suddenly have a ton of shows you didn’t watch in your recently watched list? Or maybe there is a new profile you didn’t create. What has likely happened is your account was stolen and has been put up for sale.
Right now, a quick search of eBay will find offers for one year of Netflix for $19.99 or even full access to DIRECTV Ultimate with 250+ channels for $8.99. These are accounts that someone got the username and password for and have sold.
Often with stolen accounts sold online you will see terms and conditions that say you “cannot change the username or email under any circumstances.” Also, they very clearly warn you that you cannot change the password or modify the plan under any circumstances.
A short search of eBay has found accounts for Crunchyroll, fuboTV, Pornhub, DC Universe, Netflix, and others all listed for sale online. Some of these listings have hundreds of sales and promises if your account stops working over the next two years, they will give you a new account.
Recently many of our readers have been asking us about these crazy good deals on eBay. They want to know if they are real, and there are some listings that are real. For example, many people sell gift cards they don’t want on places like eBay.
You should always be very careful of buying any service that warns you that you cannot create your own username or account. That is a red flag! Understand these sellers can get shutdown. If your account stops working, there is no one to answer your inquiries.
If you suspect someone is using your account the best thing to do is to change your password. Here is what you should do:
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 devices you don’t know. If you find devices you do not own linked, you not only want to remove them but also change your password. (Otherwise, they can log back in.) For example, you can find out how to do this on Hulu HERE. (Most services allow this option.)
Updates & Malware Removal
To avoid getting malware on your computer (yes, even Macs) it is important to keep your computer up to date. Both Windows and Macs now allow you to automatically get updates. We suggest turning that option on if you don’t want to manually update your computer.
This goes for phones too because malware also targets phones.
Also, make sure your browser is up to date. If you see that orange or red notification in the top-right corner of Chrome make sure to restart Chrome so your browser has the latest security updates.
Finally, make sure you have some type of malware removal tool on your computer. (Yes, even if you own a Mac. Today, there is a lot of malware targeting Macs.)
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 versus a random chat group.
Cord Cutters News reached out to eBay for comment. eBay did not reply to our request for comment before we published out story.
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