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Your streaming passwords could be sold to the highest bidder.
More and more streaming passwords are showing up for sale on eBay, Cord Cutters News reports. Netflix, DirecTV Ultimate, Crunchyroll, fuboTV, Porhub, and DC Universe are among the platforms that are available to buyers who are willing to “share” an account without the primary user. These stolen accounts are being sold at a steep discount.
Netflix accounts are popping up on eBay, offering a full year of service for as low as $19.99.
How do sellers deliver on this promise if the actual account owner could just change their password? They include terms and conditions with lines such as “cannot change the username or email under any circumstances” and promise to provide a new account if the password is changed or the account closes. As long as the buyer leaves no trace of their activity, the seller is willing to connect them with new accounts if needed.
If you suspect your account information is being sold, there are a few steps you can take. Check your connected devices to see if there is something you don’t recognize. Keeping your devices up-to-date will help you avoid being compromised as well.
The most important step is one of the easiest: It never hurts to change your password.
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.