Lesson 8. Console
security and jailbreaking
prefer consoles (PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox, etc.) to computers, smartphones,
and tablets. Each of them requires an account with the manufacturer, which
needs to be protected. That's what we're going to look at now.
account protection starts with a password. You know from lesson 5 what it
should be like. As for changing it, that's done under Account Management in the
console settings. Or you can log into PlayStation Network through your browser,
and change the password in the Security section. There you can also set a
password reset security question and enable 2-Step Verification.
console for the whole family? Then you can set a four-digit passcode to log into
your profile so that no one logs in under your name by mistake and wipes your
saves. The passcode is set in the console menu under Login Settings.
In any case,
never log into your PSN account from other people's devices, especially in
public places. If you do, don't forget to log out, otherwise your account will
be at the mercy of outsiders. If you do happen to forget, open your account in
a browser, and in the Security section log out of the network on all devices.
PlayStation, here two-factor authentication is called two-step verification. It
is enabled by selecting Sign-in and security settings in a browser, and uses
Google Authenticator or a similar app. When the feature is enabled, you will
see a list of backup codes.
Sign-in and security settings, you can view the login history and sign out of
your account on all or some devices.
addition to a password and two-factor authentication, you have a personal
passkey. This is handy, for example, to prevent tech-savvy kids who know where
the parental bank card and smartphone are kept from buying Xbox Live games on
the sly. You can create this key in the console settings in the Account
jailbreaking a console is a bad idea
console games are expensive, some gamers try to hack the console, known as
flashing or jailbreaking. We do not recommend this, and not only out of ethical
considerations. First, console manufacturers do not like such users and block
their online accounts, which means no multiplayer or updates.
might break and brick the device. Even if you entrust the reflashing job to a
self-styled pro, you still might end up with a brick and/or lose your money.
You'll also void the warranty, because it's not an entirely legal procedure.
So our advice
is not to mess around with jailbreaking and flashing. As for saving money
safely, we talked about that in lesson 3. In the next installment, we put
consoles to one side and return to computers to discuss the causes of game lag
and how to fix it.
of the following is safe to do on game consoles?
Which of the following is safe to do on game consoles?