In this day and age, the more layers of security you can apply to your digital life, the better. Chances are that your personal details have been leaked one way or another (and if you’re reading this, probably via the 2011 PSN hack), but it’s still good to see Sony adding two factor verification to PlayStation Network, even if it is a case of better late than never.
Two factor verification is a fairly simple system, retaining the same email address and password login that we currently have, but then triggering an extra step to ensure that it’s really you trying to log in. In this case, you’ll have to add a mobile phone number to your PSN account details so that, when you log in, the system can then send you a six letter and number code via text message to input.
With a lot of legacy devices hooked into PSN, this system only works like this for PS4, Bravia TVs, web browser and the PlayStation app. For all other devices, including PS3 and PS Vita, you’ll then need to create a device specific password.
It should also be noted that auto-sign in still works, so you won’t have to go through this rigmarole every time you turn your PS4 on, if you don’t want to.
For more information and to set up 2FV, head over to the dedicated page on the Playstation site.