Everyone wants to find a great deal, and that includes hackers. In fact, hackers and pirates who refuse to pay for their streaming services are stealing your Netflix logins and passwords and selling them online, in the Dark Web, for as little as $0.25, according by a new report from security firm Symantec.
It all starts out as a phishing scam, which uses social engineering, fake sites and malware to trick you into coughing up your credentials. Oftentimes, the victim will be sent an email asking them to log onto their account for one reason or another. Here, the site looks legitimate, and that's what takes the cake.
This isn't the first time we've heard of hackers taking over your Netflix account. Back in November, McAfee put out a very similar report regarding Netflix, HBO GO, HBO Now and Spotify account information on sale for as little as $0.50 and up to $15 for other packages including streaming sports.
What to do if you've been hacked
How can you tell if your Netflix account has been compromised? The first sign is all kinds of really strange titles showing up under "Recently Viewed" in your account settings.
If you're suspicious or just want to double-check, you'll want to head to the site we've pointed you to before, Have I Been Pwned? Just type in your email address and hit enter. The site will tell you where and how your account was compromised. You can also sign up to get alerts in the future so that you can keep your personal information safe.
If you have been hacked, immediately change your Netflix password. If your Netflix password is the same or similar to any other passwords you use, you'll want to change them, too. This is a very important step. Your credit card information should be safe because Netflix doesn't store that information on the Netflix site.
Changing passwords is a real pain, but there are steps you can use to make creating a strong password easy. Click here to see some of Kim's tips on strong passwords.