Due to the recent hacking of the PlayStation Network, Sony has announced via their PlayStation Blog that they will be offering free identify theft protection to U.S. customers, while extending the program to other countries as soon as possible.
Sony has made arrangements with Debix Inc. to offer AllClear ID Plus to PSN and Qriocity account holders for 12 months – for free.
The company will send out activation emails for the program over the next week and users will have until June 18 to sign up and redeem their code. Registration will need to be done via AllClearID and not through Sony websites. Sony says it will send out step by step instructions via email shortly. program.
Additional details on what’s being offered are below:
- 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.