Fortnite provides player rewards for two-factor authenfication

Avatar By Le Williams | 1 year ago

Fortnite: Battle Royale, an increasingly successful third-person online shooting game, is offering the “Boogie Down” dance emote for its players, with the contingency that users enable two-factor authentication, noting the security measure is one of the simplest ways to protect an account from hackers.

“Even if someone stole your password, they’d still need the second factor — whether it’s a text sent to your phone, a PIN sent to your email or a physical security key — to gain access. While two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security, experts say that it’s been a challenge getting people to actually use it,” CNET reports.

A Duo Security survey from last November found that more than half of Americans had never even heard of two-factor authentication. With Fortnite’s massive audience — more than 125 million players — the giveaway opens up the security tool to a much more mainstream crowd.

A spokesman for Epic Games said that is not information the company would share, according to CNET.

To enable two-factor authentication for the emote, you can go to your account settings on the Unreal Engine’s website and look for “Password and Security.” Epic Games allows you to enable two-factor authentication through email or an app.

The concern was that hackers would use that opportunity to create fake Fortnite apps and trick people, and in June researchers found that to be the case.

While Fortnite is promoting this security feature, Epic Games was widely criticized by security experts after it decided to take the game off the Google Play Store and encourage Android players to sideload the app instead.