PS4

PS4

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.

What could happen if something goes 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.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: N/A

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: N/A

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: N/A

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

How can you control your data?

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Unknown

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

You need a strong password to access your PlayStation Network account. You can set up a passcode for your PlayStation device.

Security updates

Yes

Does it get regular software/firmware updates?

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Unknown

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Unknown

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Unknown

Company contact info

Phone Number

(800) 345-7669

Email

No

Twitter

askplaystation

Updates

Setting up Two-Factor Authentification for Your PS4
YouTube
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
Lifehacker
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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