Your Netflix might be hacked – check for worrying red flags that could see you banned | The Sun

CHECK your Netflix account for moochers, snoopers and hackers.

There are plenty of red flags that can reveal if someone has secret access to your account.

Over time, dozens of people including ex-romantic partners, roommates and friends-of-friends can have access to your account.

It's worth carrying out a little spring clean every now and then to ensure your generosity isn't being taken for granted – or that hackers haven't broken into your account.

Now that Netflix is cracking down on account sharing, too many users on one login could potentially see you reprimanded – and maybe even charged or banned.

Changes to your profiles

When you open up the Netflix app or website, you're presented with a list of the profiles associated with your account.

You can have up to 5 profiles on a single Netflix account. They allow you to customise and personalise your experience.

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If you notice new profiles popping up unexpectedly, this could be a sign that someone has access to your account who shouldn't

Ask those who you know have access to your credentials whether they added the new profile(s).

If the answer is no, it's time to secure your account by changing your password (more on that below).

To delete a profile, you'll need to log in to Netflix on a web browser.

Click on your profile icon and hit Manage Profiles. Select the unwanted profile and click Delete.

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Unusual content in your watch history

Most Netflix freeloaders are smart enough to know not to create a new profile on the account.

Instead, they simply use the profiles that have already been created to get their streaming fix for free.

One way to spot a moocher is the Continue Watching and recommendations carousel on your profile.

If a new TV show or genre pops up there you may have a Netflix squatter on your hands.

Similarly, if a fresh "Because You Watched" suggestion crops up for a movie or series you never watched, be on high alert.

Again, check with your circle of password sharers first to make sure someone hasn't been inadvertently watching stuff on your profile.

Changes to your viewing activity

Arguably the best way to check whether you've been compromised is to take a look at your account's viewing history.

This shows the date and time, location and even the device someone has been streaming from.

If you spot any you don't recognise, it's recommended that you secure your account.

Once again, it's worth checking with your circle regarding any suspicious activity before logging everybody out.

It's possible a family member simply went on holiday recently or logged in on a new device.

To check your recent devices, you'll need to access Netflix on a browser.

Once you've logged in, head to your account settings by hovering over the profile icon in the top right.

Scroll down to the Settings section and click the "Recent device streaming activity" link.

How to secure your account

If you suspect that you're the victim of a Netflix freeloader, log out of all devices and change your password.

Login to Netflix on a browser and then go to your settings and click “sign out of all devices” to lock them out.

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You'll have to plug in your username and password the next time you want to use your account on any app or device.

Click "change password" in your settings to ensure that moochers can't simply log in to your account again.

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