Sony will offer a free identity theft protection service called "AllClear ID Plus." The service will be available through Debix, Inc, one of the nations "most reputable identity protection firms." The service will be provided for both PSN and Qriocity account holders in the US. The plan will be a free of charge for 12 months. Sony will begin sending out activation emails in the next few days. This offer is limited however, you must redeem your code by June 18. Keep reading to see a list of details on what the program will provide PSN users.
Here are some details for the AllClear ID Plus protection plan.
- 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.
A similar plan is currently in the works for other countries but as of now is only available to US residents. An identity theft plan that would cover up to $1 million dollars in damages is a surprising offer. It lets gamers know Sony is serious about protecting their users' data going forward. However, I'm not thrilled about the offer only being available until June 18.
What do you think? Is this identify theft protection plan a good idea?
Source: PlayStation Blog
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