Microsoft beefs up Xbox Live security

Eurogamer writes: Xbox Live general manager Alex Garden detailed a series of security improvements Microsoft has made to its online service.

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Dark_Overlord2342d ago (Edited 2342d ago )

About bloody time, annoyed me when they kept denying there was any problem with security when evidently there was (few friends had their accounts hacked) by the looks of it this should greatly reduce the unauthorised purchases

"We're sending unique codes to the security phone numbers and secondary email addresses provided by members to verify authorization for purchases or account change attempts not stemming from a member's trusted device."

This is a great idea, probably a bit annoying a first, but it'll be easy to adjust too :)

JBSleek2342d ago

Your friends having their accounts hacked are most likely their doing.

Patriots_Pride2342d ago

Well said...just saw this article and you wont believe how gullible and naive some people are.

All you have to do is offer someone free MS and they give you their Password. Also MS is very quick on retrieving your account wants it gets phished..notice i used the word phished and not hacked.

Dark_Overlord2342d ago (Edited 2342d ago )

I can guarantee its not, remember the whole Fifa 12 xbox account hacking where people NEVER gave out their details yet got hacked? or are you going to deny it ever happened? They got caught up in that.

Here's a reminder if you forgot

Need more?

EDIT - LOL disagree all you like, it won't change the past

maniacmayhem2342d ago


So how do you know people NEVER gave out their accounts? From what I've read there were fake Fifa sites and asked players to log in with their xbox accounts. Also a large number of these hacks were due to some EA sites.

People always do one thing but never own up to it because of feeling how gullible they were. Or they probably they didn't even know they were a victim of a phishing scam.

Dark_Overlord2342d ago (Edited 2342d ago )

"So how do you know people NEVER gave out their accounts?"

They're quite tech savvy and know the implications of giving out details. They know pretty well about phishing and scams.

i.e never trust links sent in email, only ever use the official site (check web address), https etc

nukeitall2342d ago (Edited 2342d ago )


I know people that have are majoring in Computer Science at a major US university (think top 20), yet they use their date of birth as their password. Still do!

True story!!!

It doesn't take personally giving out information that directly leads to attack, it only takes a stupid decision and some leaked information somewhere like the PSN hack (which leaked emails and DoB), LinkedIn (leaked entire password), Yahoo (leaked password) and a myriad of other sites.

blue7_72342d ago

@Dark Isn't it always like that when someone gets their account "hacked" then they claim nothing happened I never gave my password and it turns out they did.

Just like the kids and parents who go on the news saying their kid "unknowingly" racked up a lot of money on their credit card from Xbox live when it's obvious they did. Or when people get banned when they are "innocent" yet it always comes out they weren't so innocent. It's the same girl cries wolf situation.

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Gridloc2342d ago

Why do you think they haven't had a web browser on the Xbox, and only say their adding one at e3? Console viruses? Hacks? When they do release their browser it won't be like your PC's. It will be what they deem safe.

ChunkyLover532342d ago

All part of the reason that I pay for Xbox Live Gold. Anytime you have your credit card information saved somewhere, you want to be sure nobody can get it.

Treian2342d ago (Edited 2342d ago )

Steam has all of that and much more. Did I mention it's free? Just because you don't know much about PC gaming doesn't mean it isn't great :)

ChunkyLover532342d ago

I don't own a PC, I don't really like PC gaming. Been a console gamer for 20+ years and I'm very happy with that.

nukeitall2342d ago (Edited 2342d ago )

Yes, and Steam was hacked!

"Steam Hacked: Newell - "Watch Your Credit Card""

Now I do agree PC gaming is great, but so are other platforms. I love options and yes, I do have a Steam account with a number of games on it.

bigcupofSTFU2342d ago

all blahblah is saying is that steam offers there services for free that is all.

your justifying your purchase when he provides an example that shows you dont have to pay to stay protected

So there is really no point why you should not agree with him

spaceback20122342d ago

Tighter security measures are always good.