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Epic promises further store security features are on their way

Epic promises further store security features are on their way

Epic Games claims new security features are coming to its storefront throughout 2019.

While the Fortnite-maker’s storefront has received criticism for missing fundamentals like a search feature, it’s security concerns that have been the most egregious to some. While claims of Chinese spyware are on the extreme end of problems, there are proven causes for concern.

A recent botnet attack highlighted this omission, where thousands of invalid accounts were created using known email addresses. In an Account Security post, Epic highlighted existing steps the firm has taken to ensure account safety and encourages users to sign up to multi-factor authentication.

The firm also assured that while individual accounts could be hijacked, its own account system has never been compromised.

"The Epic account system powers Fortnite, the Epic Games store, and Unreal Engine. This account system has never been compromised,” said Epic, in the post. “However, specific individual Epic accounts have been compromised by hackers using lists of email addresses and passwords leaked from other sites which have been compromised.”

But Epic also inferred that new features for account protection will be coming "throughout 2019”. This includes, rather alarmingly, email verification for new accounts - a standard feature for online services that tends to guarantee the person signing up with an email address has access to it.

New security features are a positive step, but it’s another sign towards suggesting the Epic Games Store may have been rushed out the door before it was ready.


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Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and game developer. Besides PCGamesInsider and Pocketgamer.biz, she's written across the games media landscape and was named in the 2018 GamesIndustry.biz 100 Rising Star list.

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