Nintendo Switch Hacked: How to check if you've been affected and secure your Nintendo account

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The Nintendo Switch is a wonderful console, but it isn't immune to hacking.

As reported by Eurogamer, Nintendo is investigating claims that Switch users have had their Nintendo accounts hacked.


"Some account users reported their accounts had been used to buy digital items, such as bundles of Fortnite VBucks worth up to £100, via linked PayPal accounts" Eurogamer reports, and aside from the financial aspect it's worth noting that your Nintendo account also includes information like home addresses and real names – so it's worth securing as soon as possible.

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Have you been hacked?

Finding out if you've been hacked is easy, as Nintendo provides a history of your logins. Sign in to your account here, and then head to "Sign-in and security settings" and then "Sign-in history".


Check to ensure you recognise all of your logins and the platforms they're on. If you're unsure on something, contact Nintendo.


How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication (or 2FA) is a login system that requires both your usual password and a randomly generated series of numbers using an app on your phone. That means even if someone has your password, they won't be able to gain access to your account without having your device, too.


Setting up 2FA is easy, and you can do it using Nintendo's instructions here.


We've summarised below:

  • Select 'Edit' on the "2-Step Verification" tab and then "2-Step Verification settings"
  • You'll be able to send yourself a code to ensure it's you registering 2FA, so check your email and enter it.
  • While Nintendo suggests Google Authenticator, you can also use an application like Authy on your mobile device. Install the app of your choice, and then scan the QR code on the web page.
  • You'll then be able to generate a code in your app that you can enter under Step 3.
  • IMPORTANT: Make sure you copy your backup codes. These are single-use codes that can recover your information if your device is lost or you lose access to the app. Without these codes, you could lose access to your Nintendo account.