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'Beginning of the End': Users Slam Netflix for 'Crackdown' on Password Sharing

© REUTERS / Dado RuvicFILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Netflix logo lies in front of displayed "Streaming service" words in this illustration taken March 24, 2020
FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Netflix logo lies in front of displayed Streaming service words in this illustration taken March 24, 2020 - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.03.2021
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Netflix is working on a new security feature to combat password sharing. Shared accounts can no longer be used unless you are family members who live in the same house.

Some Netflix users have begun to receive messages from the service asking them to register on their own account, rather than using else's account to watch, according to the CNN.

"If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching," the message from Netflix says.

"This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorised to do so," a Netflix spokesperson said, as quoted by the CNN. 

Netflix users shared screenshots on Twitter, which show that the service invites them to register their own account. It turned out that these TV fans were using a common family account, while not living in the same house with other relatives.

But some ​users did not like this innovation and described the measure as a crackdown.

Actually, sharing passwords with people outside your household is already forbidden in Netflix's terms and conditions.

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