How to Protect Your Spotify Account from Hijacking? One Trick Everyone Must Know About

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Mashable’s assistant editor Brian De Los Santos @B_Delos has recently shared a fun way of getting back his Premium Spotify account from who he thought was a hijacker.

It all started with a guy named Kevin who had taken a peculiar liking to listening Coffee Table Jazz using Brian’s Spotify account.

Source: Nakedse

Brian didn’t have an intention of sharing his precious Spotify account with anyone else. Even more, he was annoyed by the fact that someone else prevents him from listening to his favorite tunes.

From time to time, while Brian was enjoying his favorite tunes on the app, it would suddenly be interrupted with a message saying: “Now Playing on Kevin’s Echo.”

Revelations from Spotify Support Forum

Revoking access from all applications linked to Brian’s account didn’t help to plug the mysterious Kevin off. After doing some digging on the Spotify support forum, it became crystal clear this is a very common problem for many users.

The suggestions to reset the account password, create a new one with a different email address, or disconnect all the linked devices didn’t help.

So, he went “Stranger Things” on his account’s perpetrator! But how to let Kevin know Brian’s aware of the Spotify jazz listening sessions? The trick was in the Amazon Echo. The basic theory is, if the device is seen on Brian’s computer, it’s possible to broadcast some of Brian’s music on it.

Assisted by his colleagues, Brian has put together an ingenious tracklist. The track titles contained direct questions clearly suggesting the broadcaster’s awareness of the Spotify hijack situation:

  • “Who Are You?” by The Who
  • “What’s Your Name?” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “I Know What You Did Last Summer” by Shawn Mendes
  • “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
  • “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  • “Kevin” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • “All Star” by Smash Mouth, played twice

Who’s Kevin?

Eventually, the mysterious Kevin went on a Facebook rant about his mischievous Amazon Echo. The guy believed someone was pranking him using such a peculiar song selection. After that, a mutual friend tagged Brian in the comments.

What a revelation it was! Turns out, Brian and Kevin had been school friends until the former left Chicago a few years ago.

What’s even funnier is that Brian had actually assisted the Spotify “hijack” by connecting to the unfortunate Amazon Echo while crashing at Brian’s before leaving Chicago.

Kevin was absolutely unaware of what was going on believing someone had hijacked his Amazon Echo device.

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Source: Mashable

After having a brief catch up on Facebook, the two former school mates met again to set the matter straight. Once Kevin manually removed his account off the Echo,

Brian was finally free of the Spotify dictatorship. That was the only effective method of fixing the Spotify bug!

Drawing the bottom line of this exciting story, don’t connect your Spotify account to somebody else’s devices if you don’t want it hijacked!

Unfortunately, this is the only way to protect your account in the age of modern technology.

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