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How Much Do You Trust Others?

People are getting upset over Sony’s fickle security for their PlayStation Network or Qriosity services. People are also angered and annoyed over their less than timely updates.

I’m not fussing over any of this.

The reasoning behind my calm is simple: I’ve always had the fundamental understanding that there were risks with online services. I accepted those risks when I joined the PlayStation Network and took a few measures to minimize the damage done if things went awry.

I try to practice online security like security in real life. I have different passwords for different services. I also try not to save my credit card information on any online service — not only because of security reasons, but it also adds that extra step before purchasing. I want to stave off accidental purchases and give myself the opportunity to think: “Do I really want to buy this?”.

Think of it this way: Would you give your credit card number to a store? Even when they promise it’ll be secured in a file cabinet somewhere?

Of course not.

It sucks when something like this happens, but it only really sucks if you haven’t kept up with your own security. It’s a hassle to change all your passwords, but only if you use the same exact login credentials across all your important accounts.

Hopefully people have learned from this because this kind of thing could happen with any company from entertainment conglomerates to national banks.

As for the less than “timely” updates. The only reason why we know things weren’t right was because Sony shutdown the network. What if they didn’t take down the network and suddenly come out of the blue like the banks? Perhaps their statement was legitimate and they didn’t know until yesterday.

Who knows? All I know is that I’ve taken the precautions necessary to keep my stuff as safe as possible.

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