Sony opens identity theft protection enrollment

Sony sent out details on the twelve months of free identity theft protection services today. Valid account holders can sign up now using the e-mail associated with their PSN or Qriocity accounts.

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The free games in Sony's Welcome Back program are getting most of the buzz, but a more functional piece of the make-good offering is a year of free identity theft protection through Debix. Today, Sony started rolling out e-mails with details on how to enroll in the program.

The actual service is called AllClear ID Plus, and provides alerts, insurance coverage, and access to fraud investigators. If you're a PlayStation Network or Qriocity account holder with an active account as of April 20, 2011, you're eligible for twelve months of the program. To sign up, head over to Sony's Identity Theft Protection page. Sign in with the e-mail address associated with your PSN or Qriocity account, and you'll be sent an activation code for AllClear ID Plus.

Sony has maintained that it hasn't received any reports of fraudulent activity as a result of the data breach, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Taking the company up on a free offer might save you a headache, and can't really hurt in any event.

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    May 25, 2011 2:20 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Sony opens identity theft protection enrollment.

    Sony sent out details on the twelve months of free identity theft protection services today. Valid account holders can sign up now using the e-mail associated with their PSN or Qriocity accounts.

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      May 25, 2011 2:24 PM

      Any details announced for people in other regions?

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      May 25, 2011 2:42 PM

      No fraudulent activity? I had $200 charged against my credit card because my Xbox live login information was the same as my SOE account info! :(

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      May 25, 2011 2:53 PM

      It would be deliciously ironic if Debix suffered a data breach at some point.

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      May 25, 2011 3:53 PM

      Worth mentioning this is only for the US. Canadians not worth protecting? :(

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      May 25, 2011 5:23 PM

      Sony's estimates of this breach's expected costs, stated in terms of a per user basis, is the best part. 170 mil and change breaks down to $2 per user.

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        May 25, 2011 5:27 PM

        Why is that the best part? I'm not sure what you're getting at.

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          May 25, 2011 5:35 PM

          Last year's industry average was $318 per user.

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      May 26, 2011 5:47 AM

      I'm glad that this service is being offered and provided. However to me, it seems to be something that should have been implemented around the birth of the PSN. Any company that believes their security system is infallible is a fool.

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      May 26, 2011 8:28 AM

      Nobody really needs this, nobodies CC info has been leaked nore used. I'm not signing up for this service is seems like taking more of a risk..

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        May 26, 2011 10:54 AM

        You do realize that you identity can be stolen with simple information like my full name, address, and date of birth right? Oh, and all of this information was taken........
        Bad Troll.