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Epic’s free games now require two-factor authentication – but only for three weeks

If you want to claim your free PC games from the Epic Games Store over the next few weeks, you’re going to need to make use of two-factor authentication. Epic will now “periodically require” 2FA when claiming free games, but strangely, this requirement is only going to last for a handful of weeks.

“Beginning today and ending on May 21,” Epic says in the official announcement, “we will periodically require two-factor authentication prior to claiming free games on the Epic Games Store. We are making this change in an effort to encourage our players to take steps to strengthen their Epic account security.”

It’s not unusual for online service providers to create incentives for users to enable 2FA, but this limited promotion is a strange one. Either way, it’s a good security step to take whether or not you’re claiming Epic’s free stuff every week – there’s a guide to enabling 2FA on the official site, and you can make use of email, text message, or an authenticator app for your security codes.

“We understand that this is a minor inconvenience for some,” the company says, “but we want to provide the best possible solutions to protect your Epic account.”

Epic’s current free giveaway is the indie strategy RPG, For the King, while next week’s selection will include Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Crashlands. If you want any of those or the next handful of unrevealed freebies, you’re going to need to make use of the extra account protection.

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