PS3 software update released that requires users to change their password

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog today that it has begun rolling out a new software update (v3.61) for PlayStation 3 consoles. When downloaded, the update requires users to change their PlayStation Network password following the recent security breach that revealed personal user information like addresses and maybe even credit card numbers.

If using a PS3, your password can only be changed on your own PS3 (or a PS3 on which your PSN account was activated), as an added layer of security. If you have never downloaded any content using your account on the system, an email will be sent to the registered sign-in ID (email address) associated with your account when you first attempt to sign-in to PSN. This e-mail will contain a link that will enable you to change your password. In this email, click on the link and follow the instructions to change your password. Once you have changed your password you can sign-in to your account using your new password.

This is definitely the first step in restoring the PlayStation Network, which has been download for nearly a month now, but we’re likely still far off from an official re-launch.

What do you think about all this?

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