PS4 this product meets our minimum security standards
Sony $299.99 - $399.99


Review Date 10/23/2019

We're guessing Santa gets asked for gaming consoles more than just about any other gift. The PS4 — whether it be the Slim or the beefed up Pro — brings you into the world of Red Dead Redemption 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last of Us, Spiderman, God of War and more. Play online with your friends or alone on your couch. Use it as your Blu-ray player, your Netflix box, and your Spotify hub. It’s all way too much fun. Just make sure you read up on that thing called two-factor authentication.

Minimum Security Standards

Five basic steps every company should take to protect consumer privacy. Learn more.

Overall Security Rating
5/5 star
Uses encryption in transit and at rest.
Security updates
Does it get regular software/firmware updates?
Strong password
You need a strong password to access your PlayStation Network account. You can set up a passcode for your PlayStation device.
Manages vulnerabilities
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
Privacy policy
Does it have a privacy policy?

Can it snoop on me?

Device: No | App: N/A
Device: Yes | App: N/A
Tracks Location
Device: Yes | App: N/A

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
Sony says it does not share your Playstation data with third parties for commercial or marketing purposes. When you play games offered through other companies on the platform, you may share your data with those third parties.
Can you delete your data?
Parental controls?
User friendly privacy info?
Sony Playstation's privacy policy is written in fairly simple language but could be more accessible.
Links to privacy information

What could happen if something went wrong

If you don't set up two-factor authentication, someone could hack into your PlayStation account and buy a bunch of games on your credit card. That could get expensive. Also, be aware that while Playstation doesn't share your data with third parties, some of the games you play on the PS4 made by other companies might be collecting and sharing your data.

How to contact the company

Phone Number (800) 345-7669
Email No
Twitter askplaystation


Setting up Two-Factor Authentification for Your PS4
Watch this video and learn how to add an extra layer of account security by using 2-Step Verification. With 2SV activated, a verification code is sent to your mobile phone when anyone tries to signs in to your PSN account on PS4 systems, web browsers, the PlayStation App, or select Xperia mobile phones. This code is required to complete the sign-in process on these devices.
How to Boost Your Game Console’s Security
No matter your game console, you need to add a passcode and two-factor authentication. You can do it either through your Web browser or on the console itself. Sorry, but you’re out of excuses of why you haven’t secured your account from people looking to steal your personal information.

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