Netflix Tests out a Possible Password-Sharing Crackdown

The popular streaming service has been using popups to ask some users to verify their account via email or text.

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FILE - This Aug. 13, 2020, file photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix is testing a way to crack down on password sharing. The streaming service has been asking some users of the popular streaming site to verify that they live with the holder of the account. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is testing a way to crack down on password sharing. The popular streaming service has been using popups to ask some users to verify their account via email or text, or to “verify later.” “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching,” the screen reads, according to Streamable.com, which first reported the test. The test comes as streaming services proliferate…

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