Netflix tests new feature to clamp down on password sharing

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The days of password sharing on Netflix are numbered.

Variety reports that the streaming service is testing a new feature warning users: "If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching."

Users then have three options after the prompt appears: an email or text verification code to authenticate the account, or they can click a button that says verify later. They are also given the option to sign up for a new account.

According to the company's terms of service, a customer account "may not be shared with individuals beyond your household".

In a statement to People, Netflix said: "This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorised to do so."

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