As of April 28, only doubly secured accounts can add free games to the Epic Store. With this measure, Epic wants to encourage users to better protect their account, according to the announcement on the blog. The restriction is only valid until May 21.
If you have the Two-factor authentication not activated in your account, you will get this error message when trying to pl ay a free game:
"Two-factor authentication (2FA) required – To use this free game, two-factor authentication (2FA) must be activated for your account. Two-factor authentication (2FA) offers additional protection for your Epic Games account and helps prevent unauthorized access. "
This is how two-factor authentication works
A Step-by-step instructions for the 2FA you can find Epic customer support. To secure your account twice, you have to do the following:
- Log in to Epic and go to the settings of your Epic account.
- There you will find various 2FA options under »Password and Security«, for example via app or email.
- You now have to activate one of them.
- From now on, when you register on a new device or after deleting your browser cookies, you will receive a PIN code in the chosen way.
- You enter this when requested and can then manage your account as normal.
You may have to confirm your email address associated with the Epic account before you can activate authentication.
Epic wants to motivate more security
Even if the Measure only applies for four weeks, Epic hopes that more users will continue to use the option to prevent unauthorized logins. Even if account data should fall into the wrong hands, there is an additional hurdle that has to be overcome for access. You know that it is annoying, but wants to offer the best account protection solutions.
Because data security is an extremely important issue that affects gamers in particular, we have the most important ones Basic security rules collected how you protect yourself against attacks and theft on the Internet:
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Safety tips for players
Elsewhere, Epic is also endeavoring to be more user-friendly: a wish list feature has been available for a few weeks now – albeit with restrictions.
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