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The Epic Games Store will soon require Two-Factor Authentication for free games

Security is important, and Epic wants your accounts to be safe

The Epic Games Store will soon require Two-Factor Authentication for free games

The Epic Games Store will soon require Two-Factor Authentication for free games

Security is important, and two-factor authentication is a useful tool for those who want to help keep their accounts safe from hackers and fraudsters, especially accounts which contain high-value digital possessions. 

For the next four weeks, the Epic Games Store will require its users to enable two-factor authentication before they can access the storefront's weekly selection of free games, promoting enhanced security measures amongst its userbase. 

This action from the Epic Games Store will be temporary, but Epic Games hopes that it will help to encourage its userbase to adopt enhanced security measures on their Epic Games accounts and elsewhere. Epic Games has even provided its users with a how-to guide on setting up two-factor authentication

Right now, For the King is available for free on the Epic Games Store, and on April 30th, both Amnesia The Dark Descent and Crashlands will be available for free to PC gamers. 

 

     Beginning today and ending on May 21, we will periodically require two-factor authentication prior to claiming free games on the Epic Games Store.  We are making this change in an effort to encourage our players to take steps to strengthen their Epic account security. 

If you do not have two-factor authentication enabled on your account, you will see the following message when attempting to claim a free game:

“Two Factor Authentication Required

Claiming this free game requires you to have Two-Factor Authentication setup on your account. Two-Factor Authentication provides an additional level of security to your Epic Games account and will help prevent unauthorized access.”

In order to enable two-factor authentication, please head over to your Epic Games Account settings. Two-factor authentication can be used to help protect your account from unauthorized access by requiring you to enter a security code when you sign in. You can read a full how-to guide on enabling two-factor authentication here.

We understand that this is a minor inconvenience for some, but we want to provide the best possible solutions to protect your Epic account.

 

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29-04-2020, 00:53:36

looz
2FA is the dog's bollocks, it's not too bothersome but provides a great security impact. Especially since many, unfortunately, aren't willing to use a password manager and end up reusing passwords.Quote

29-04-2020, 02:01:59

Warchild
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Originally Posted by looz View Post
2FA is the dog's bollocks, it's not too bothersome but provides a great security impact. Especially since many, unfortunately, aren't willing to use a password manager and end up reusing passwords.
What do you mean by unfortunately?

Regardless of 2FA or not. If there is a security breach. Epic will still tell you to change your password. And if you are willing to use 2FA, then it means you are more conscious about security, so will follow protocol and change it. Your details are more secure yes. It doesn't change the fact that one of your security firewalls has been compromised.

The drawback at times is you need your mobile device nearby. I work with them all day every day. To have to keep it at hand for this too is bothersome for me. Not to mention the reliance on the A2P service being operational and not suddenly blocked by your provider (another issue i often have to fix at work)Quote

29-04-2020, 02:54:17

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
What do you mean by unfortunately?

Regardless of 2FA or not. If there is a security breach. Epic will still tell you to change your password. And if you are willing to use 2FA, then it means you are more conscious about security, so will follow protocol and change it. Your details are more secure yes. It doesn't change the fact that one of your security firewalls has been compromised.

The drawback at times is you need your mobile device nearby. I work with them all day every day. To have to keep it at hand for this too is bothersome for me. Not to mention the reliance on the A2P service being operational and not suddenly blocked by your provider (another issue i often have to fix at work)
Not to mention if they can get into the Database and steal passwords they also can steal your phone number then while they are at it change everything to something they have access to then boom doesn't matter anyway.

Benefit is password and phones should be using different hashes to make this more difficult to crack. But if using the same algorithm then kinda defeats the purpose of encryption.Quote

29-04-2020, 11:43:49

looz
@Warchild unfortunately because a password manager pretty much eliminates password reuse and weak passwords.



Password reuse is a significant security issue and 2FA targets that. So if your password gets phished, at least some services will ask for a second factor before letting someone access your personal data.



Just that other breaches exist doesn't invalidate that. Also, lol at storing passwords in 2020.Quote
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