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Xbox Live improves security, urges password updates

1:30 PM on 07.18.2012 // Jim Sterling
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Xbox Live has been tightening its security recently, with general manager Alex Garden detailing a range of improvements made to the service in order to protect we would-be victims. He has also suggested that all XBL users update their passwords. 

Here's what the 'Soft has done in order to keep your rosy little arsecheeks safe, said by the man himself: 

  • 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.
  • We’re working to reduce market incentives for criminal activity. Engaging in identity theft, trading in stolen accounts and committing credit card fraud are illegal and violate our Terms of Use. Those involved in these activities risk criminal prosecution, account and console bans. That goes for both sellers and buyers of known stolen accounts and content.

Garden strongly emphasized the need to keep all your security info up to date, providing the necessary links for those too lazy to Google. With nefarious twats always looking to make a free buck at someone else's expense, it's definitely a good idea to bolster your defenses on both XBL and PSN. Unless you can't be bothered, of course, in which case don't worry about it.




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