PlayStation and PSP owners can now enable two-factor authentication on their PlayStation Network accounts, adding a much-needed layer of protection to a service that has suffered severe security breaches in recent years. Sony confirmed that users would be able to activate two-factor authentication on their accounts in a tweet last night that linked to a new security page that explains how the process works. Users who choose to activate the safety measure will receive codes via SMS that they'll need to input alongside their password and username as before.
It's a welcome move by Sony, but it's come conspicuously late — a full five years after the company suffered a devastating hack that compromised the personal details of 77 million PSN users. Rival Microsoft started offering two-factor authentication for its online accounts (including Xbox Live) more than three years ago, and Sony has faced continuous criticism from PlayStation owners for not doing enough to stop account hijacking. Two-factor authentication still isn't totally hack-proof, but it does offer an extra layer of account security that might stop nefarious forces from getting their hands on all your games, making it a good idea to enable as soon as possible.