The company behind Fortnite, Epic Games has announced a list of new security features to keep its game, the Epic Game Store and Unreal Engine users safe from cybercriminals. The most important change added by Epic games is the Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) by using the dedicated authenticator app or email. The SMS-based authentication will be brought out soon by the company for the games and its platforms.
Epic Games will also use other detection techniques to make sure that the email which is used to login into the Epic Games account hasn’t been compromised anywhere else. The Epic Games will also help and guide the players by making them choose a strong password by integrating the ‘Have I Been Pwned’ during the password reset or when creating a new account.
According to a blog post by Epic Games, the Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA will help the user increase and strengthen the security of their account. Currently, the users can choose between using an authenticator app or receiving the 2-factor key on their registered email id. The users can then follow the steps to make their account more secure.
Also, Epic Games has said that the SMS-based 2-factor authentication will be enabled soon for its other games and platforms. The players who have enabled their MFA are receiving the Boogie Down emote for free in Fortnite.
The company has also started using the ‘Pwned Passwords list (v4)’ by ‘Have I Been Pwned’. This new feature makes sure that the passwords created by the users are strong and they haven’t been compromised in the past. If they have, then they will be asked to change and reset their password to something strong.
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In addition to this, Epic Games will be making the email verification absolutely necessary now for all the new accounts in the future. But the existing users can also make their accounts more secure and use the email verification process anytime they want. The game studio will be adding a host of account detection techniques throughout the year to make sure that no email which has been used in the Epic Games accounts have been compromised.
On this note, Epic Games said’ “However, specific individual Epic accounts have been compromised by hackers using lists of email addresses and passwords leaked from other sites which have been compromised.”
But if the email of any user has been found to be compromised in the past, the Epic Games will lock the account. It will then ask the user to reset their password and make it strong so that it won’t be compromised easily.