Friday, 6 May 2011

Sony giving PSN users ID theft protection service free for a year

To further beef up the security measure of its network and enhance the protections of personal date of its users, Sony has announced today that it will provide complimentary enrollment in an identity theft protection program for PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders in the United States (similar programs will be available in other countries/territories where applicable).


The firm said that they have made arrangements with Debix, Inc., one of the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms, to offer AllClear ID Plus at no cost to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for 12 months from the time an account holder registers for the program.

PSN users will receive emails "over the next few days" that will contain promotional code for Debix's service and you will have until June 18th to sign-up and redeem your code. The firm notes that "you will need to sign up directly through AllClearID, not on Sony’s websites, and details, including step-by-step instructions for the program, will be emailed to United States PSN and Qriocity Account holders soon."

The details of the program include, but are not limited to:

* Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exposure of an AllClear ID Plus customer’s personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and data recovered by law enforcement. If his/her personal information is found, the customer will be alerted by phone and/or email and will be provided advice and support regarding protective steps to take. The customer will also receive monthly identity status reports. Debix works with an alliance of cyber-crime experts from the government, academia and industry to provide these services.
* Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists. If an AllClear ID Plus customer receives an alert, or otherwise suspects that he/she may be the victim of identity theft, the customer can speak directly, on a priority basis, with an on-staff licensed private investigator, who will conduct a comprehensive inquiry. In the case of an identity theft, the customer can work with an identity restoration specialist to contact creditors and others, and take necessary steps to restore the customer’s identity.
* A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an AllClear ID Plus customer becomes a victim of identity theft. This insurance would provide financial relief of up to $1 million for covered identity restoration costs, legal defense expenses, and lost wages that occur within 12 months after the stolen identity event.

More details about the program will be included in the emails that will be sent out by Sony soon.

Via [US PlayStation Blog]

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