Netflix just made a small but important change to how they manage account logins. Now you can log someone out remotely with just one click.
Called “Access and Device Management,” the new Account Access Control launches today (November 15th) and is as described In a Netflix blog post (Opens in a new tab), live within your standard account settings. In it, you can see all the devices that are currently using or flowing through your account recently and log out with a single click.
Netflix says this is about people who, for example, are traveling, and they sign into their account at a hotel or even a friend’s house, and forget to sign out.
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It is also about controlling the sharing of account credentials. former lovers, friends, and distant relatives you no longer speak to; It is possible that their access to your account is about to expire.
The change also comes as Netflix is actively seeking to stop what it sees as the rampant sharing of passwords and has been Test additional cost $2.99 To add additional account members outside the home.
This last “feature” can be seen as a setup for the overall implementation of that additional cost. Knowing that you can quickly get rid of your Netflix accounts before the company starts charging you is a good thing.
It’s been a full year for Netflix, which is where it started Low number of subscribers And the Multiple display cancellation Because it sought to reduce costs. The disruption led Netflix to do something we thought it would never do: Ad-supported category launched.
The $6.99 per month (£4.99 per month in the UK) tier provides most of Netflix’s existing content library, along with 4 to 5 minutes of ads per hour. Not everyone is happy with it.
As for the new Manage Access & Devices, we quickly located it in our Netflix account management under Security & Privacy, and found 21 devices that were signed into our account. Most of them were for the devices the author used.
Each history includes the name of the device, its account in use, the last seen date and time, and a location.
The last part is probably the most useful. If you see a site you don’t recognize, you can check if it’s, say, somewhere you’ve traveled to recently, or if someone out of hundreds of thousands is illegally sharing your account.
If you don’t want this device to use the account anymore, just click “Sign Out”. Whoever was watching will get the boot and won’t be able to log in again without the proper credentials.
It’s a whole new, shrinking world of Netflix account sharing.