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Sony Offers Free ID Theft Protection to PlayStation Account Holders

What happened: Detailed information of about 77 million people has been stolen from Sony. Consumer groups are calling this one of the largest—and most serious—data security thefts in history.

If you have a Sony Playstation Account, consumer groups strongly recommend that you immediately sign up for the free ID Theft protection. Read this article for more details.

Could your information have been stolen?

  • If you have a PlayStation Network Account—and if you've ever used your credit card or debit card to purchase anything, including a NetFlix movie—you could be at risk.

  • You are at risk (even if the account isn't in your name), if your credit or debit card has been used to open a PlayStation Network account. For instance, if you've helped your kids open a PlayStation Network account by using your credit card or debit card, or if your kids used their own card that is linked to your account.

  • You could be at risk, if the password for your PlayStation Network account is also the password for other accounts or services.  For example, if your PlayStation Network account password is also used for your online banking or email.

What is the danger if your card is used by hackers?

  • Your credit card could be compromised or even maxed out

  • Your account could be drained if you used a debit card

  • Your identity could be stolen

  • Your credit could be ruined (temporarily)

What should you do to protect yourself now?

  • At the very least, change your passwords on your PlayStation Network account, any accounts associated with this, and change any email addresses you may have used on PlayStation.

  • At the very least, if you use the same PlayStation Network password on other accounts, change the password on everyone one of them. For instance, if your PlayStation Network password is also used on your online banking account, change that password!

  • Think carefully about other places you may have used your PlayStation Network passwords. Do you buy plane tickets or hotel rooms online?  Did you store credit card information on those sites?  Do any of those credit cards use the same password?  Go to every account and change them.

  • Check your bank accounts and credit cards tied to your PlayStation Network account daily for unusual activity.

  • Call your credit card provider (of the card or cards you used on PlayStation Network) and ask them to cancel and replace. "If you want to live on the edge, you can skip this step," says the Editor of Privacy Times, Evan Hendricks. "But if you really want to be safe, have the PlayStation Network cards cancelled and replaced."

  • Do others in your family, or friends, have a PlayStation Network account? If so, tell them to read this fact sheet and listen to the Podcast.