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Sony offering free identity theft protection service to US customers

Friday, 6th May 2011 01:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony has announced it will provide free AllClear ID Plus protection to customers through an agreement with identity security firm Debix.

In a post on the US PS Blog, SCE America’s Patrick Seybold said the complementary service will only be available to US PlayStation Network and Qriocity members, but that the company is looking into similar offers for international territories.

12 months free access to the service will be provided, with activation emails being distributed beginning this week. Users will have until June 18 to redeem the offer. Packages offered through Debix’s website cost $9.95 per month.

The service monitors the web for user detail leaks, including criminal and law enforcement sources, access to experts in case of identity theft, and up to $1 million in insurance per user for identity restoration costs, legal defense expenses, and lost wages for one year following identity compromise.

Details on how to sign up and activate the service will be included in offer emails and associated materials.

Sony announced the compromise of user’s personal data on April 26, following an external intrusion of April 16.

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  1. theevilaires

    GOD BLESS SONY!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Bloodyghost

    This is very thoughtful especially for such a fail and folly on there part.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. NightCrawler1970

    Normally Sony have to pay for it.. not you as a plus member…

    So as a + member you already pay for whole year of 59,- plus 12×9.95 a month to cover ya arrss, thats mean, you still have to put your creditcard information when you sign up again on PSN…

    Not for me, prepay PSNcards for now on, and save 119,- annually, remember playstation gaming supposed to stay free…

    And why should you pay $9.95 a month if they have this time the law that track 24/7 for illegal activities, homeland security, NCIS, FBI, who knows NSA is on Sony side

    #3 3 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    ^ its optional and still free. Use PSN cards either way SONY gets the money. Just make sure to do the same for XBOX LIVE just in case one of the Anon members gets fed up and decides to hack LIVE because he got the RROD for the 15th time.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    this hackerz are planning wave 3 get ready for this to fail

    #5 3 years ago
  6. neon6

    @LOLshock94 y do the ps3 bother u so much?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. NightCrawler1970

    Yeah hackboy, you don’t have the balls to lame Xbox for 2 weeks… FIGHT LIKE A MAN, ya pussy!!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. LOLshock94

    @6 i dislike sony not ps3 even though the ps3 has so many BIG flaws and so many people talk about it as if its the perfect woman i still play on the ps3 and play games like killzone 3, MGS4 and God of war but thats it those are the only games i ever play on and i feel as if ive been robbed by sony

    #8 3 years ago
  9. theevilaires

    LOL I love when people say they hate SONY because its always for a stupid reason. Why do you hate SONY LOL? Give us one good reason…..(can’t wait to hear this ) :D

    #9 3 years ago
  10. frostquake

    As long as I don’t have to provide this company with a Credit Card, I am in..LOL!!

    #10 3 years ago
  11. NightCrawler1970

    @10 agreed amen bro, no more CC & DC…

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Epic Fool

    no more dc ?

    NO MORE DC ???!!

    “Why do you hate SONY LOL?”

    FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    #12 3 years ago
  13. NightCrawler1970

    @12, im not hating sony, i give sony a second change, but they will keep in mind, that if sony can’t protect the gamers(US), than they have no right for CC & DC information, i already being ripped by a hackboy for 39.99, never saw the money, or can’t even call 1-800-Sony, to talk to live person, because they(SONY) don’t want to hear whining bitches(US) about stolen money and how to refund it… Sony try to cover up the breach, but someone told in public by twitter, that Sony has been hacked, now the story is known by news, Sony can’t denied now, and they have to come with excuses.. if your CC had unauthorizes withdrawal, you have to let the bank know within 24 hours, it took sony 1,5 week, to come with that story, so now you can’t goto the bank to file incident report…

    Even we as gamers have the right to come with “click on agreed and proceed”… it’s not THERE WAY, it’s now OUR WAY…

    They fucked up, they have to clean up, not by giving what they called “FREE protection” but it will cost YOU(gamer) each month of $9.95 thats 119 smackaroos a year.. hell no, im not gonna pay that.. FREE = FREE, not a penny more…

    #13 3 years ago
  14. theevilaires

    Hey LOL answer the question you moron. Whats the matter M$ already pulled the plug on you for tonight :D

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DarkElfa

    I hate Sony because its an over priced hardware maker and a software bully.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. OrbitMonkey

    I hate Kinder Surprise. Overpriced chocolate & once I got 1 without a toy inside… Not a nice surprise >¦[

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Malmer

    This sounds more like advertising than a compensation…

    #17 3 years ago
  18. strikkebil

    and what will SCEE do?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. scrambles_the_deathdealer

    @15 Sony a software bully?? Sounds more like that title belongs to Xbox with them literally throwing money at devs to basically keep DLC and sometimes whole games out of the hands of Playstation and Games from PC (Fable 3 & ME 2) users for a time. Sure the only thing that really comes to mind are COD games with that new multi-year contract they wrote up to bring all COD DLC to Xbox as timed exclusives but this has been going on for a while. Since GTA IV for christ’s sakes, others include Fallout 3, New Vegas, Homefront – when it couldn’t make the entire game platform exclusive like Alan Wake, Splinter Cell, Left 4 Dead or only on 360 & PC like Mass Effect, Oblivion and Bioshock. Sometimes I wonder how much money they waste from live subscribers to give their users access to DLC for a single month. Glad my money will never contribute to that company’s dirty tactics.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Christopher Jack

    @9, There doesn’t have to be a real reason. While I still tolerate Windows & the xbox 360, I don’t like Microsoft, mainly because of everything they design looks awful(isn’t intuitive), isn’t reliable & has at least one major fault-these are all personal reasons here.
    As much as a dislike Microsoft, I hate Apple a whole lot more, mainly because of the unjustifiable premium they charge for their products, yet the Apple zombies zoom right in to defend their price.
    As for why people hate Sony? While Sony does charge a premium on their products, it’s still in line with others like Samsung. Probably something to do with Sony’s views on piracy, which isn’t any different from Apple’s, Microsoft’s or Nintendo’s, except this GeoHot ordeal has changed their views vastly.

    @19, Sony’s probably the best company to work for as a developer, he’s referring to Sony’s views on hacking, which is odd because I remember Sony unlocking the boot loader for their Android devices.

    #20 3 years ago