Sony Offers Free ID Theft Protection to PSN Users
Worried that Sony’s massive security failure on the Playstation Network got your identity stolen? Now the company is offering to protect it for free, for a year. You know, just in case every scrap of data for every single PSN user is now being sold on the Russian black market or something. It’s, ah, precautionary.
According to the Playstation Blog, Sony will offer protection for PSN and Qriocity customers through a company called Debix Inc. The coverage is Debix’s AllClear ID Plus package, which isn’t actually detailed on the company’s website, although its AllClear ID Pro is, and it runs about $9.99 a month.
You’ll get 12 months of protection for free when you sign up using your PSN credentials. Sony is sending out activation emails in the next few days, which are good for sign-ups until June 18.
Here’s exactly what the coverage will entail:
- Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exposure of an AllClear ID Plus customer’s personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and data recovered by law enforcement. If his/her personal information is found, the customer will be alerted by phone and/or email and will be provided advice and support regarding protective steps to take. The customer will also receive monthly identity status reports. Debix works with an alliance of cyber-crime experts from the government, academia and industry to provide these services.
- Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists. If an AllClear ID Plus customer receives an alert, or otherwise suspects that he/she may be the victim of identity theft, the customer can speak directly, on a priority basis, with an on-staff licensed private investigator, who will conduct a comprehensive inquiry. In the case of an identity theft, the customer can work with an identity restoration specialist to contact creditors and others, and take necessary steps to restore the customer’s identity.
- A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an AllClear ID Plus customer becomes a victim of identity theft. This insurance would provide financial relief of up to $1 million for covered identity restoration costs, legal defense expenses, and lost wages that occur within 12 months after the stolen identity event.