US PSN identity-theft protection plan sign-ups begin

Sony begins accepting applications for AllClearID Plus Identity Theft Protection for PlayStation Network and Qriocity customers.

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Earlier this month, Sony announced it would be offering free identity-theft protection services for the 77 million PlayStation Network users whose personal information was compromised by the service's data breach. The company said that US-based PSN users and customers of Qriocity, Sony's music-streaming service, would receive 12 free months of coverage in Debix, Inc.'s AllClearID Plus program.

AllClearID Plus should protect PSN users from an identity crisis.

Now, Sony has begun accepting sign-ups for the AllClearID Plus program through the official US PlayStation website. To receive an activation code for the service, users should submit the e-mail address used to register their existing PlayStation Network or Qriocity account. The activation e-mail should arrive 72 hours after the application is submitted.

The AllClearID Plus service includes an insurance policy to provide up to $1 million to cover the impact of identity theft, including legal defense fees and lost pay within a year of the PSN security breach. Additionally, the company will monitor "criminal websites and data recovered by law enforcement" for users' data. If that personal information is found, users will receive a phone call or e-mail notifying them and suggesting protective steps. Additionally, customers whose information turns up during monitoring will be able to speak with AllClearID private investigators and specialists to assist in contacting creditors.

Discussion

37 comments
suprsolider
suprsolider

@Zerabp, Nope, I emailed Sony about it and they sent me a email back stating it was for the US,Europe and Japan only. That everywhere else is "tough luck" and if you want that protection "we" ie not Sony have to pay for it. Gee thanks Sony, you screw up and my info gets stolen. My credit card had to be cancelled and my bank account got comprimised and I had to switch that as well, and then Sony is telling me "tough luck". Ugh, Sony is making me really mad right now.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@everyone here It's free you don't enter any Credit Card info at all you will not be billed at all after the year is up.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@Supersoldier Don't worry I'm sure they will take care of their canadian customers as well...

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

This gives authorities 12 months to track down and stop the thieves who stole the information. Hopefully this is enough time. Otherwise there might be some problems come June/July 2012. I don't see why people would refuse to take this offer. It may not make everything better, but it's better than not being protected at all. You don't have to renew with Debix next year. You can choose any other provider at any time.

monson21502
monson21502

i wouldnt trust sony as far as i could throw em!! another sceem to get your money folks....

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Consider me signed up. I'll pay anything for a false sense of security.

suprsolider
suprsolider

@Zerabp @all the international PSN Users different countries have different laws regarding identity theft fraud etc. Sony has already confirmed it is working out a similar deal for European nations, Australia , and Japan respectively. --- I don't live in any of those countries. I live in Canada,and they have yet to say anything about us. Sony obviously doesn't care about us at all, otherwise they would do the same thing that Japan,Europe,Australia and US users will be getting for id protection. But Canada, nope, screw them AGAIN.

another_drew
another_drew

So wait, they screw up and now they're putting on a service that you have to pay for? That way the next time it happens they don't have to claim liability? Sorry but I'll stick with my XBXL fees where everything is covered. Sony is just prancing around this pay to play ideal. Don't call me a fan boy, and don't say that I'm condoning pay to play. I strongly believe that since I'm buying the game I should get access to all features without additional fees. However, I do not agree that unless I pay for some protection, that should be promised when using their service, I'm going to have to foot the bill for any theft. You want us to pay for DLC, you want us to pay for extra content, and you want us to pay to watch movies. You should be protecting our information free of charge.

chriaevans
chriaevans

so when will online gameplay available in Asia?

Triton
Triton

Gee, hope the hackers that have all the credit card info don't read this and decide to do nothing with the number for 12 months... lol.

thorughfire
thorughfire

The first 12 months free being the key words in this, How much are they gonna charge owners of their products for this service after the first year? @Zerabp Thats because Japan isnt a country full of idiots (I am an american sadly). I agree that the entire system should be shut down until Sony proves that their security systems are greatly improved.

rasterror
rasterror

Why are they just starting today? This should've happened weeks ago.

Reyveign
Reyveign

Why didn't they implement something like this in the first place... is my question...

kierwinyoung
kierwinyoung

Yay! PSN is all clear.(is it online now?) I've been tearing my hair out for psn for a long time now!

emy_vi
emy_vi

hold your horses guys..

meathead86
meathead86

what about the rest of the world when do we get our cover

Zerabp
Zerabp

@all the international PSN Users different countries have different laws regarding identity theft fraud etc. Sony has already confirmed it is working out a similar deal for European nations, Australia , and Japan respectively. Japan won't even allow PSN online until 1. Both it's recently rebuilt security measures prove adequate and 2. They have a similar program worked out for Japanese customers. So yes while you will have to wait a bit longer than the US chances are good that you will receive you protection plan before PSN is even up in Japan.

prodigest
prodigest

is this just for the info we use over the PSN?

SoYoung24
SoYoung24

Just bring back the damn store so I can play online with my $60 Dirt 3, enter my code for my Mortal Kombat CE for only $100 and my code for L.A, Noire, another easy $60. I simply ask for that Sony.If the store isnt there for my next purchase, I swear I'll begin to buy multo plat games on the 360, I'm tired of this now

servb0ts
servb0ts

would receive 12 free months of coverage in Debix, Inc.'s AllClearID Plus program. ^^ appreciate the program, but what happens after a year, are we SOL if the hackers decide to identity thief us?

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

after 1 year, they automatically charge you their daily fee of 10$ or steal you identity and rack up 1 million $ in charges!!!!

WCK619
WCK619

good idea because US customers really are the only ones worth protecting.

apollo333
apollo333

2 months later: "AllClearID is reporting that they were hacked last week, and full credit reports including social security numbers were stolen from 40 million users."

ale_gamr
ale_gamr

Whatevez, happy recovering

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

I got mine a few hours ago. I'll sign up in the morning.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

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Metalshin0bi
Metalshin0bi

@fantasyfacade I'm sure they will roll out this plan for the rest in due time. If not, then.... >_>

zzamaro
zzamaro

@shnapoodle *turn sarcasm on* No, it's not free. *turn sarcasm off*

fantasyfacade
fantasyfacade

That's good, but... "account holders must be residents of the United States"... so what about the rest of us?

xaviersaint
xaviersaint

Shnapoodle, they're giving you a 12 month subscription to the service for free, that's all it covers.

Metalshin0bi
Metalshin0bi

They didn't have this kind of identity crisis plan before for their users?

Bluejays2008
Bluejays2008

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