Sony offers free ID theft protection


Sony began taking registration for the ID theft protection Howard Stringer, chief executive and president of Sony, promised this month. (By Danish Ismail/Reuters)

Fulfilling one of the promises it made to customers affected by its security breach, Sony announced Thursday evening that it was opening registration for an identity theft program.

In early May, Sony CEO Howard Stringer announced that the company would offer an identity theft protection program that will insure users against identity theft for up to $ 1 million each.

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. resident who had an active PlayStation Network or Qriocity account as of April 20. Users have until June 18 to sign up for the service, which will give them a free year of service, cyber-monitoring with monthly identity status reports, access to privacy and identity theft specialists and a $1 million theft insurance policy per user.

Once your e-mail is validated, Sony will send you an activiation code within 72 hours and you have until June 28 to redeem it.

An e-mail will not be sent if the address you submit does not match an existing PlayStation Network or Qriocity account.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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