We were recording Many Things last night, so I thought I’d set up my mother with Netflix with the Xbox upstairs.
Last time we signed in up there was a while ago, so I was prepared for the twenty minutes of “Updating. Please don’t blah blah…” What I was not prepared for was that it had been so long since we’d used the thing and that we were using a different device (SUSPICIOUS!) that we’d have to jump through some hoops.
- Attempt to sign in.
- Be told that we needed a security code.
- Try to get around this since the cell phone was downstairs.
- Give up.
- Go downstairs.
- Get cell.
- Power up cell.
- Click “Sure, whatever, text me.”
- Hit back button because surely they can use the number that’s on the screen.
- Of COURSE not! Why would the phone number we put in when we’d set the silly thing up still be valid?
- Re-enter the number.
- Be told that I need ANOTHER number. Seriously?
- Have no other number.
- Go with email.
- Must enter another email than the one we used to set up the account. Because, sure, that makes sense.
- Get laptop from downstairs.
- Power up laptop.
- Enter NEW email address.
- Sign into email.
- Get security code.
- Mis-enter security code because a) numbers b)tired c) MAD
- Enter correct security code.
- “Thanks for helping us keep your accounts secure!” Bastards.
- Try to sign in (why wasn’t that automatic?).
- “We need to send you a security code to confirm…” Please enter another number or email.
- Give up.
- Shut down Xbox.
- Swear non-stop.
Here’s what I don’t get. If someone’s stolen the Xbox or hacked the account, how is entering NEW contact information keeping ANYTHING safe? How? If I’m a bad guy, I’m entering Iamabadguy@Ivestolenthis.com. Wouldn’t the SAFER option to go with the original information? How does ANY of this keep ANYTHING safe?