Nintendo Accounts are a necessity for using a Switch these days. Even if you don’t want to play online games, an account is required to download games and demos from the online store. If you’re worried about protecting your and your family’s Nintendo Account, you can follow these steps to help keep you safe.
Use two-factor authentication (2FA)
The most basic step to securing your Nintendo Account is to use the built-in 2-factor authentication feature. This feature means that you must have a secondary device, such as a phone, to log into your account. Although it’s less convenient, it means hackers are less likely to breach your account security.
Log in to your Nintendo Account and click “Login and Security Settings”. Then, under the “Two-Step Verification” heading, click “Edit” and follow the simple instructions to set up two-factor authentication.
Be advised: if you plan to use an app instead of your phone number as a 2FA option, you should make sure to keep the backup codes or use Authy, the authenticator app, with a backup in the cloud. If you lose your phone without saving your 2FA codes to log in, you will lose access to your account.
Update your information
Ensuring that you regularly update your information is a major factor in keeping your account secure. Nintendo will ask you for exact personal information if you need to recover your account from a hacker. It will be difficult for you to provide accurate information if your email address, phone number and date of birth are not up to date.
Use a strong password
Another important part of good security is using a strong password on your Nintendo Account. Using personal information, such as a date of birth, for your password is a bad idea because hackers can learn about you online. The strongest passwords are a mix of random letters and numbers.
If you’re concerned about remembering passwords, you can use a password manager service. Services like Dashlane and Keeper Security offer services that store your passwords securely. Web browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox also offer this service for free. You can also use password generators to ensure that the passwords chosen are as strong as possible.
For more tips when creating your password, check out our guide to common password mistakes.
Do not share login information
It can be tempting to share your login information with someone else, especially if you trust them. However, you should avoid giving out your login details at all costs. Even if you trust the person asking for your information, you can’t be sure that they will be as careful as you are.
Sharing your Nintendo Account with someone else also causes additional problems. Login your account in a secondary device comes with various restrictions. These restrictions make sharing an ID, even within the same household, a difficult prospect.
Monitor your login history
One Nintendo Accounts feature that you should use is “login history”. This feature allows you to track everyone who has recently logged into your account. Regular use of this feature means you always know who is using your account and can take immediate action. The page even offers a change password option to make your response even faster.
If you’re concerned about the security of your Nintendo Account, you can order a security audit here.
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