Microsoft beefs up Xbox Live security
Microsoft says they completely beefed up the security on Xbox Live. General manager Alex Garden detailed some of the changes in a blog posted on Xbox.com.
One of the things he points out is that a lot of the changes are "dependent" on every Xbox Live member having updated security information.
“I encourage everyone to take five minutes today to check your security information and update it if necessary,” he said. “If you have any lost or stolen security proofs, update them now to prevent any interruptions to your Xbox Live service in the future. We only use this information for your security, and never for marketing or advertising.”
Aside from that, he gave some great bullet points as to how Xbox Live was improved:
- We’ve taken legal action to pull down online posts of gamertags, usernames and passwords gathered from malware or phishing schemes to help protect our members.
- Our Xbox LIVE Spring update included many behind the scenes improvements that help us build on security enhancements for the near future.
- We’re sending unique codes to the security phone numbers and secondary email addresses provided by members to verify authorization for Xbox.com purchases or account change attempts not stemming from a member’s trusted device.
If you want more details, hit the link below to the post. As for me, I'm not updating my information. I won't let The Man know where I am!
Microsoft is being (or appearing to be) proactive with their security measures. I approve.
Seriously. With the amount of attacks on Windows-based systems you'd think xbox would be the first thing they'd go after. But yeah, systems can try as much as they can to be secure but someone, somewhere will eventually find a way if they want it bad enough.
I must have misunderstood your comment (:
Im just glad that "fanboy-ism" seems to be dying slowly. Or maybe i just haven't been paying attention.
You know what, I like them beefing up security. Now all we have to do is to get people under 15 from playing M-rated games.
Like anything that takes a password, change it every 6 months.
Actually I am a big rpg gamer and play anything I can get my hands on being hacked is no joking matter, though not laughing at the hacking part laughing at those who think they cant get hacked. if that sounds fanboy-ish then okay lol but I dont keep myself back from any games or consoles.
No, people get duped by phishing scams all the time. Anyone can make a Silver Account for free and then in turn con people out of their accounts by having complete strangers trust them. Same thing happens with email accounts, never give anyone your password.
I strongly suggest you listen to the Major Nelson Podcast because they for many years had the Director of Enforcement of Xbox Live Stephen Toulouse on as a regular member of the show talking about the best ways to stay safe when idiots do dumb things.
Does a few compromised accounts mean the same thing as an entire corporation's gaming network being hacked?
I'm a fan of both, and I was surprised that Microsoft wasn't hacked first...
That sounded kinda fanboy-ish on your part. no offense.
This is a preventative measure, one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. They do this all the time, it's just getting headlines now because news is slow after E3 and before TGS.
what cracks me up about this, I think back when Sony was hacked and all those Microsoft fans were tooting their horns saying, oh Microsoft can never be hacked ever, that kinda made me laugh cause nothing is that perfect.
i have not been on xbl for a while so i'll just check my account just to be safe