In wake of the recent data breach of the PlayStation Network, Sony is now going to offer its users in the United States “AllClear ID Plus” ID theft protection to its users in the United States. Sony has made arrangements with Debix, Inc — the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms –to provide PSN users a free year of protection.
E-mails will begin going out to PSN users over the course of the next few days with activation links for users to sign up. Those who wish to use the service will have until June 18th to activate it if they wish to have it for free. This service will help give some users a better piece of mind after the data breach. The service being given to users includes
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.
If you live outside of the United States, don’t worry. Sony is working with companies in other regions of the world to ensure that everyone is given some form of ID theft protection. If you plan on signing up for the service, it should help put your mind to rest it’s done through Debix, Inc — not Sony.