PlayStation Network Hacked: Everything You Should Do To Protect Yourself

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It's been well over a week since Sony shut down the servers for the PlayStation Network due to the "internal intrusion" that exposed the personal information (and possibly credit card numbers) of over 70 million members. Although Sony says that they are "working around the clock" to re-build and strengthen their network infrastructure, PSN users should be cautious--this is a serious situation, and your personal information had a good chance of getting exposed.

If you're a member of the PlayStation Network, then the following are a few things that you should be doing in order to protect yourself and your identity.


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First of all, what information, exactly, has been exposed? According to statement by Sony, your "name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID" have a possibility of being stolen by the unknown hacker.

What can you do about this? Well, nothing right now. However, once the Playstation Network is back online, change your password. If you also have the bad habit of using the same password frequently, then you ought to change those, as well.


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It's also possible that more sensitive information, such as members' profile data, purchase history, security questions and answers, and credit card numbers and expiration dates have been jeopardized as well. Although Sony says there is no evidence that credit card numbers were stolen, this is probably a risk that you don't want to take.

First, inform your credit card company (or bank, if you're using a debit card) and tell them that you may have been compromised. They will close your old card and send you a new one. Don't remember what card you've used for purchases made on the PlayStation Network? Here's an easy way to figure it out, as discovered by Twitter user Robin Yang: "To see what card you used w/ PlayStation Network, check your emails from 'DoNotReply@ac.playstation.net."

However, if you're doing automatic payments on the PSN, change your card information. You may want to use a new card altogether.

It's also a lot safer (but less convenient) to make purchases through other retailers instead of directly through Sony's service. By stocking up and buying point cards, you can still make purchases on the PSN without the need to enter your credit card info.


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Next, file a fraud alert with either Experian, TransUnion or Equifax. A fraud alert is a good way to deal with identity theft as a preventative measure, since it'll make it more difficult for anyone (including yourself!) to get credit under your name. With a fraud alert on file, lenders will take additional steps in order to make sure that the person opening a new account is actually you. This means that they'll ask you a series of questions that should be easy for you to know, but not so much for anyone else. Questions such as, "Which of the following cities did you never live in?," or "Which of the following vehicles did you once own?"


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And finally, you may want to consider filing a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. These complaints assist law enforcement agencies and the FTC to find those responsible for stealing your information. Come on, it only takes less than 10 minutes to file a complaint online through the following website: ftccomplaintassistant.gov.



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Ianchase09
Ianchase09

@880cec6dbf81c76603830990db6e4744:disqus actually it will, because they are taking more than 3 days to fix it, its probably going to be the safest way to purchase things off. A huge part of the PSN online community does not pay for the online service. Xbox forces you to pay to play, and they just increased it to 60$ a year. Both of the Systems are efficient, i'm sure that Xbox would have gotten hacked as Sony did, and Microsoft would have fixed it in a day, but it still would not be safe, they probably would have thrown it right back online. and then even more people would have gotten their identities stolen. Yes, i'm upset, i want to play, i want to download, but i want to also keep my identity and pay for all of this safely. so go ahead Sony take a smidgen bit longer and make me safe, no i'm not rushing out to get an Xbox because i can still play my offline games and watch Netflix.

Cosmoman
Cosmoman

fuck ps3 its all about xbox

Wjesse Com308
Wjesse Com308

Looks like psn is going to loose the bussiness forever even if they fix the problem no one else is going to buy a movie or a game thru psn with a personal credit card SONY IS NO LONGER A SAFE COMPANY TO BUY DEVICES ON LINE ANYMORE BYE BYE MAY REST IN PEACE

Jjfrey826
Jjfrey826

It's life get over it, go buy a shit box

zhenglishu
zhenglishu

Finally (48 hours) time limit to buy.

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Lorddamien999
Lorddamien999

I use Netflix thru my ps3 and nothing else...they gonna pay my $8 for the month that I can't watch my movies...LOL!

Amasonkamf
Amasonkamf

this stinks whos the a hole who hacked the playstation network now i want to bye a xbox

poter
poter

you guys are gay

Pig321man321
Pig321man321

Hi everyone I'm really am tryin to wait 4this psn to come up this is some bullshit they will not tell the truth about what happen I would feel better if they would let us know whats goin on

Mossohead84
Mossohead84

this is taking 3 weeks microsoft could do this in 3 days

Kekke
Kekke

this is ridiculous sony. you should be doing more then just bowing your head instead of having all these damn confrense meetings..sit behind whatever u need to sit behind and make this work..

Frey
Frey

dont cry bro, btw shit box? not that clever

Ianchase09
Ianchase09

actually you can still watch netflix...

Fitz_effin_roy
Fitz_effin_roy

Dumbass reason micro soft would fix it on 3 days cause they not makeing it better there making it weaker n u no Sony a awesome company cause it taking en lOng cause there making It 101% better n more faster so yeah

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