Netflix adds 4-digit PIN code to stop freeloaders messing up recommendations

Netflix has introduced a new set of parental controls so its users can have a bit more control over their accounts.

Among the new features includes the ability to set a 4-digit PIN code onto each profile. While this may ostensibly be to keep the kids out, we all secretly know it’s to protect against those mates you’ve ‘leant’ your Netflix password to.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with letting a few family members piggyback off your account, it usually messes up your recommendations. After all, not everyone’s going to be hooked on Tiger King.

‘Everyone can now add these new, improved controls to their profile by going to account settings on our mobile or laptop,’ Netflix explained in a blog post.

Some of the other new parental controls include the ability to remove certain films and TV shows from showing up on a profile and seeing what shows children have been watching on their profile. Parents can also stop the auto play feature entirely.

Netflix has said in the past it wants to try and crack down on password sharing.

Chief product officer Greg Peters said as much in a call to discuss the firm’s earnings during the third quarter of 2019. He said Netflix wants to clamp down on password sharing without ‘alienating a certain portion of [its] user base’.

‘We continue to monitor it so we’re looking at the situation,’ he said.

‘We’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that.’

In the meantime, you can also use third-party plugins to watch your Netflix show along with friends.

Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix remotely with others.

Once you’ve set it up, you can start watching any Netflix film or show and click on the Netflix Party button to create a Netflix Party.

This will then give you a link to the event you’ve created – and all you have to do is share that with the friends you want to watch with. It also offers a chatroom, to allow your chosen viewers to talk about what they’re watching, while they’re watching it.

The only downside is you’ll have to watch the show on your computer rather than on a TV.

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