Sony Offering Free Identity Theft Protection For U.S. Customers

Last week, Sony confirmed that they were hacked and sensitive information was stolen. At a press conference they announced that they would provide a complimentary enrollment into an identity theft protection program. This program is for PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders in the United States only. This will be the first country to roll out identity theft protection for the users with many others countries to come soon.

This is most likely a move to keep customers from looking upon Sony in a bad light after they were hacked twice. Emails will be sent to affected customers within the next few days and will be giving until June 18th to make a decision to signup with the service or choose to turn it down. Sony will not be taking part in any way with the enrollment into the program and will go through secure channels with the AllClearID company. All account holders with PSN and Qriocity will get this information soon.

Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International 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.

The basics of the protect can be found on this blog post, and seen below:

  • Cyber monitoring and surveillance
  • Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists
  • A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user

This is a pretty nice gesture for Sony to throw out there for their millions of customers. Protection is always the key with sensitive information, like the one stored on Sony’s servers. As of late the Sony PSN was in final internal testing and was expected to relaunch in the coming day or so.

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