It’s been reported that 300,000 Nintendo Switch accounts have been hacked. While this is nowhere near as big as the 2011 PSN disaster which saw 77 million accounts breached, it’s still not good and you’ll want to know how to enable 2FA to protect your profile and information from wrongdoers.
Nintendo’s handheld console is one of the best on the market as it allows you to play games on the go and it’s got some incredible exclusives such as Legend of Zelda Breath Of The Wild, Animal Crossing New Horizons, and – hopefully – the upcoming Paper Mario Origami King.
However, while there’s no denying the calibre of its exclusives and functionality, it’s pretty shocking that 300,000 Nintendo Switch accounts are reported to have been hacked. Below you’ll discover how to enable 2FA to better protect your profile and information so you don’t end up unknowingly buying dozens of Fortnite V-Bucks.
How to know if your Nintendo Switch account has been hacked
You can check if your Nintendo Switch account has been hacked by following the below steps:
- Sign into your Switch account on Nintendo’s website
- Select Sign In and Security Settings
- Check your Sign-in History which should list your PC and/or Nintendo Switch device
- If you see a device from an unfamiliar country you should definitely change your password
Even if your Nintendo Switch account hasn’t been accessed by someone in another country, you should definitely protect your content by enabling 2FA.
How to enable 2FA for Nintendo Switch account
Follow the below steps to enable 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) for your Nintendo Switch account:
- Sign into your Nintendo Switch account
- Click Sign In and Security Settings
- Select Edit next to Two-Step Verification
- Press the red Enable Two-Step Verification button and then Submit provided your email address is correct
- Enter the Verification Code you should find in your email account’s inbox
- Download Google Authenticator from either Google Play or iOS store
- Scan the QR code on your Nintendo account screen to get a code
- Enter the six-digit code and add your Nintendo account on Google Authenticator
- You’ll be given a list of eight-digit back-up codes to sign into your Nintendo Switch account when you don’t have access to Google Authenticator
- Copy and save these codes somewhere safe and know that they can be only used once per code
Aside from simply enabling 2FA on your Nintendo Switch account, you should also unlink your Paypal or credit card details from the Nintendo eShop.
Yes, it’s tiresome manually inputting your Paypal or credit card details every time you buy something, but it’s a lot safer and secure.