Hey PS3 forum posters,
With the recent news about a type of security breach to your PlayStation Network account information, we'd like to make sure you are also considering all of your accounts you have on the web, which might also be easily accessible to someone with personal information about you.
You might have heard it before, but I'll repeat it again. If you have an email registered at a website, and you know that your password or information has been breached there, immediately take action on all of your personal accounts attached to that email. Do your best to never reveal an email that is attached to accounts that are important such as a credit card, bank account, and paypal type of service.
Never have the same password on one website or service as you have with another. Once an account has been breached, especially an email or instant messanger, it becomes easier to target other accounts you might have. For an example, it's quite easy to restore or reset passwords once someone has breached your email, If you'd like to brush up on what we've shared before, drop by this tip of the week.
There are other people who have shared concerns about identify theft, so drop by to read their experiences. Renzokucant made a thread here to give you some pointers, and Chilidragon also shared some general advice a while back.
Here are a couple of items worthy of considering from PSN's Official FAQ:
17. I got an email from you asking for my PSN/Qriocity sign-in ID and password. Is it really you asking for this information?
Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking.
18. What should I do to avoid having my personal information compromised?
For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, postal mail or other scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. Additionally, if you use the same user name or password for your PlayStation Network or Qriocity service account for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change the information for those accounts.
19. Why did Sony wait until now to tell PSN users that their personal information may have been compromised?
The nature of the intrusion required that we undertake an extensive and thorough investigation of the matter, which took considerable effort and time. We needed to make sure that we knew and understood the facts before providing the appropriate notice to PlayStation Network users.
REMINDER: Read through this Rumor Control news piece we have today, and don't forget to change your email so you're not such an easy target to hack. If you have to, create a new email that NOBODY knows.