Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

Summary: Following the nightmare that was the global security breach in Sony's PlayStation Network, many PS3 owners gave up. Some even started selling off their games and consoles. But I'm not giving up. Here's why.

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Following the nightmare that was the global security breach in Sony's PlayStation Network, many PlayStation 3 owners gave up. Some even started selling off their games and consoles. But I'm not giving up. Here's why.

To be completely honest, the biggest reason might simply be that I don't care.

To clarify, that doesn't mean that I don't care that my personal information (along with sensitive data about millions of other PSN members) being leaked. Of course, that bothered me. It also bothered me when I had to take the time to call one of the suggested credit unions saying that I might be at risk for identity theft, and it also bothered me when I had to think of a new password for accessing the PlayStation Network. (Now Sony is even offering a free identity theft protection service.)

However, those are the only major inconveniences I've suffered. (At least so far...) Well, that's not entirely true. I have signed up for a Music Unlimited by Qriocity subscription, mainly for the purpose of its beautiful interface and playlists that I planned to use at a few house parties in April. Given the long duration that the PSN was down, I didn't get to use that fun feature. At least I'm getting a refund for it.

As for all the other freebies that Sony is giving to PSN members as a Welcome Back (but really "We're Sorry, Don't Stop Spending Your Money With Us") present, I couldn't care much about those either. I don't actually do much gaming on my PS3, and none of the five options soon-to-be available appealed to me. I'll probably just download them for the sake of getting something for free. I am waiting for what free movies are offered when the PlayStation Store goes back online, but based on most of Crackle's offerings, I can't imagine any of them being that entertaining or appealing.

Nonetheless, for the time being, I'll stick with Sony. I don't want to go through the process of selling my PS3, which could end up being awhile if there are many more used copies on the market now. I use it for streaming Netflix almost everyday, I still like Music Unlimited, and there are a few games I do like to play that are only available on PS3. It would be too much of an effort (and probably more costly) to sell the PS3 and then go pick up another console from another maker.

Companies this large face security risks all the time, and Sony isn't alone. It's just they're going to be picked apart until a scandal erupts somewhere else.

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  • the most important reason to sick with Sony

    is because they use Linux on the PS.
    Linux Geek
    • Haven't you heard?

      @Linux Geek

      They removed Linux from the PS3. In fact, they *forbid* you from running Linux on the PS3.

      Still "sick"ing with Sony? :)
      wolf_z
      • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

        @wolf_z And the reason for that is well known. They didn't take it out to piss people off. They took it out because Mr Geohot used it as an attack vector and it was only a matter of time before it would have become subject of OtherOS installers whose only job was to root the box and install cfw.

        The stupid part is that for all the outrage and whining very few people ever bothered with the feature in the first place. It just makes a convenient excuse to attack Sony despite the fact that every other console is just as proprietary, more so if you look at things like peripherals.
        DrXym
    • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

      @Linux Geek ... Well, it hasn't done them a lot of good so far. Ignoring security has nothing to do with the OS; make it tantalizing enough and things WILL be hacked!
      tom@...
  • I take it you don't have cable TV?

    I take it you don't have cable TV? They have like 40 or so, so called free music channels why spend money on Q? Play your music CDs on the PS3? I personally removed all my CC info when i re signed up. There choice of PS3 games is piss poor and mainly geared to there hand held hardware.
    Stan57
    • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

      @Stan57

      No offensde tyo you but this Cerdit Card Excuses annoying and angers me. There is a reason that They offer PSN Prepaid. Every onine service risks breaches and they get them weekly, daily, and even hourly. Big deal if you never hear about them. Personally, Myself I Never spent money with my actualy bank accounts. Smart people in unfromilar places online, don't use there direct Payment options attached to there bank accoutns anyway. Most of us smarter people use Pre-Paid and or Gift Card methods that are not attached in any way to our bank accounts. Stuff like this is why xBox Live perfers live credits over Debit/Credit. PSN would be smart to integrate this to, jsut to get teh whiners to stop OH MY CC stuff OH MY, Sony, it's all your fault. Please stop you sound like Marshal Mathers (A.K.A. EmInEm)!
      Ez_Customs
      • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

        @Ez_Customs I REALLY hope you are not from America, and English is a second language. Although all that you said was logical, the fact that you can't go 3 words without misspelling, is ridiculous.
        novauke
      • @NOVAUKE Did you ever heard about DYSLEXIA?

        @NOVAUKE
        That man has a problem. See his point of view - not *how* he is trying to present it.
        Additionally: America is NOT the centre of the world and NOT the place of origin of English language. Your flavour of English is different from what I am using for for example.
        If you have access to MS Office, check how many English-es it lists - from Australia, Belize... to ... U.S., Zimbabwe. MS Word 2003 lists 18 English "languges".
        N.B. I am Polish living in South Africa, have learnt the language by using it (i.e. no formal education) from the age when others prepare to retire. I am well aware that my grammar, spelling and generally "way of thinking" is very much different. That is the reason (one of the few) why I mostly read blogs without responding. Nobody wants to see comments like yours - simply it is not pleasant.
        I am making the same mistake as you did - commenting about what is NOT the main subject of this blog (Unsubscribe from Sony PSN). But I feel that somebody - who does stick to the subject - needs some defense. I hope that you understand....
        Andrzej_Ladosz
  • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

    Since the major outage has occured, Sony has had an additional 7 more successfully attacks on their web sites. They have a very long way to go before they can be trusted with personal information again. Sad, but true!
    rmark@...
    • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

      @rmark@... Sony is a huge international company with dozens if not hundreds of subsiduaries. It should be no surprise that they could secure their one business and then discover some marketing site in Greece or whatever gets hacked. Of course in the long term one would hope this makes them rein everything in but at the moment this is just hackers looking for credit. Oh whooopee some marketing site in Greece got hacked for 1000 email addresses. Hackers could probably turn their sights on any company of similar size and score hits.
      DrXym
  • I too could care less...

    I orginally bought the PS3 to just watch Blue Rays (So far so good). Also I tend to only use the FREE service over the Playstation Network. Yes discomforted but not upset that it's down. Let's face it most owners of a PS3 tend to use it for other means (Music server, Blue Ray watching, Netflixs, etc...) and not gaming per say. For most of those people we will weather the storm and continue watching our Blue Rays until things improve.
    Mr. Special
    • Mostly agree

      @robert.pryor@...
      I use mine as everything. Watch movies and Netflix and play games. I find it to be an excellent gaming system.
      I am also one of the many who had a CC attached. But with all the talk we should remember that the CC info was encrypted. Sure there is a possibility that it will be decrypted but that does not make it a certainty. What is certain is that this is going to happen to another big company or government at one point. As long as their is a place where information can be turned into monetary value people will try to do this kind of stuff.
      In short, there is no real security.
      kwabinalars
  • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

    I subscribed ages ago, but halfway through reading the license agreement I pulled the network cable out and haven't put it back.
    Tsingi
  • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

    They rootkitted CD users' PCs some time back without thinking about the security implications. It's fairly clear they learned little from that experience. I wouldn't touch them at this point.
    sullivanjc
  • I use the free service and..

    ...and gave them incorrect information, exactly because of what happened here. Do, very little correct info other than my name and address got exposed.
    I believe that federal law for age verification should ONLY ever ask for a year, unless you are 18, then give a month. This way they only have at best a 1 in 28 chance of guessing correctly.
    Zorched
  • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

    to many cry babies. It is a console System they arent' made for online gamign for the most part, and for the truth of it, more people do play then not on teh PS. Whats sad is that people usually have a PC to but there usign there PS3 which sucks for internet to get online. Hmmm Whats wrong with this picure.

    You people degraded the purpose for teh PS3 Security in teh beginning before it was even released. THey offered PS2 networking, but no one used it, so why would they spend much time on it this time. Console platforms suck online, and xBox Live has nothign else to prove. I use Games for Windwos and well frankly you xBox Live people are gettign ripped off on the Membership fee's there is nothign special and the Service hardly ever works!!

    My Point, Get off teh Console for teh internet related tasks, and use your PC/Computers! ! Consoles though capable are not made for this Online stuff!!
    Ez_Customs
    • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

      @Ez_Customs Well you're right, to a point. PC's simply do not have the library of titles that the PS3 does and when it does the control interface, usually mouse and keyboard, is by its very nature more clunky. Brink on PC is a nightmare to try to play even after rebinding the keys. The PS3 version has a much easier and more familiar control scheme.

      I disagree about them not being made for online gaming. This newest generation of consoles practically thrives on it. If you want proof of that just look at how few titles include split screen multiplayer. It may not have a wireless N receiver in it, but it still manages to get enough throughput to run the various shooters I play online without problems.

      I think you're simply misinformed or have had poor online console experiences. These consoles are absolutely made for online gaming. Web browsing? No not really, but online gaming? You bet unless you are insinuating that the hundreds of people I have shot in the face in Brink and CoD are simply figments of my imagination.
      Str0b0
    • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

      @Ez_Customs Please buy a dictionary.
      TomDavisSr
    • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

      @Ez_Customs "teh" is not a word. Are you a lolcat? No? Then use "the." You make gamers look bad.
      novauke
  • RE: Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network

    Rachel - reading all the different entries, the different articles and what happened to my account, it is not that I will stop using Sony, it is just that they need to earn back my trust.
    It is not the fact they got hacked.
    It is their lax attitude and sop's around security. I have better security on my home network.
    Once they have shown that the proper precautions have been instituted, I will go back to PSN (yes, my son an I game a lot),
    Till then Off-Line only.
    :|
    rhonin