FIFA 12 Update Attempts to Address Phishing Concerns With New Security Measures

Posted March 12th, 2012 at 10:00 am

One of the biggest stories late last year related to the number of users losing control of their Xbox Live accounts with the FIFA series being the target of those looking to profit off them. Though there was no security breach EA Sports was at fault for providing a system that allowed for users to make real money off FIFA Ultimate Team in FIFA 12 and 11 without any barriers in place while Microsoft clearly hasn’t had the proper controls enacted to prevent account theft.

A patch being released for FIFA 12 tomorrow will attempt to address consumer concerns from the game side of things. 

•It will now only be possible to send trade offers to people on your friends list.
•On entering FUT on your console for the first time after the update, you will be required to provide a unique answer to a security question.
•If anyone else attempts to enter your FUT account from a different console, they will be required to enter the answer to your security question.
•While these measures will certainly make life much more difficult for those attempting to compromise others’ accounts, it’s still vitally important that you protect your information.

This may not prevent account thefts from continuing to occur, that’s something Microsoft has to find a proper solution to, but what it will do is help to prevent the FIFA series from being such an attractive source of profit and hopefully end the very negative association with thievery that has been built up over the last six months.