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How to: Secure PSN Accounts

Step 1: Change your Password

Once logged into your account, go to the Security tab to change your password.
Use a strong password that is not used anywhere else. Try to include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols for extra security. After you have entered your new password, click Save.

Step 2: Family Management

Before changing your email address, always check the Family Management tab to see if your account is in a family.
If your account is a member of a family, you will see the accounts of all other members of the family, along with their PSN ID's and email addresses.
Leave the family immediately, as the family manager can reset the password to any account in the family.
If your account is the manager of the family, remove all accounts from the family. Failing to do this will allow other accounts in your family to view your account email address, even after changing it.
If your account is not in a family, it will ask you if you would like to set up a new family. If you see this, advance to the next step.

Step 3: Change your Email Address (Sign-in ID)

Visit the Security tab once again to change your email address, also known as your Sign-in ID.
Make sure to use an email address that is not known by others, as knowing the email address on an account is a key factor in the recovery process for accounts of all regions.
After you have entered your new email address, click Save. You will receive an email asking you to verify your new Sign-in ID, click Confirm.


These 3 steps alone will lock anyone out of your account for the time being. They must contact support if they want to attempt recovering it.
The following steps are to help prevent pull-backs as much as possible. Different region support teams require different information to verify account ownership.
Some steps may not be necessary for the region of your account, but following all of them will ensure maximum possible security.

Step 4: 2-Step Verification

Consider adding 2-step verification to your account. This can be done via the Security tab. This of course will prevent anyone signing in even if they know your login information.
On top of this, if someone manages to pull/steal your account via support, some support teams usually will not remove 2-step verification without those recovering the account knowing the phone number on file.

Step 5: Transactions & CC's

Most support teams will ask you to provide the names of recent purchases made on the account. These can be updated by downloading games, avatars, and anything else from the store.
If a credit card has been used on the account before, I advise taking a note of the first and last 4 digits and adding your own via the Payment Management tab in order to fund the wallet.
Through Transactions on the website you will only be able to view the last 4 digits of any previous credit cards used on the account.
To view the first 4, you must add the account to your console and view the transactions there.
The first and last 4 digits of a credit card (CC) used to fund the accounts wallet is a key question asked by support of most if not all regions.

Step 6: Change your Date of Birth

You can view and also change your account's Date of Birth by logging into Sony Mobile here. You can only change your account's DOB once.
Upon logging in, if your page looks like this, rather than this, then your DOB has already been changed before.
Always make a note of your account's DOB. Without knowing it you will be unable to reset your password even if you have access to the email address on your account.
You can also set security questions and answers in the Security tab, these questions are only used for the password reset tool and are not asked by support during the recovery process.
If your account is European or Asian, the Date of Birth of your account is a key security question support will ask for.

Step 7: Change your Name and Address

All support teams ask for your name during the recovery process.
If the name provided is different to the one on the account, it can make it more difficult for them to assist whoever it may be trying to recover your account.
On some occasions support will ask for the address that is on the account. Both the name and address can be changed via the Basic Account Information tab.

By following the above steps you have secured your account as much as you possibly can.

IMPORTANT

No account can be 100% fully secured. When you buy a PSN account you should understand the risks.
Accounts with access to the Original Email (OGE) are ideally what you want. It is much easier to recover an account if you have access to the email used to create it.
Most accounts don't come with access to the Original Email (OGE) as they were obtained via support. If the seller can tell you what the OGE is, this is usually the best you will get.
Accounts with serial are risky to purchase. If someone has serial to your PSN account, they have a good chance at recovering it with little to no other information.
Try to avoid purchasing accounts with many previous owners, especially if a scammer has owned it in the past.
Purchasing accounts from trustworthy users on top of following all steps in this guide will ensure you the maximum security possible.
Always use a middleman when dealing.
 
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How to: Secure PSN Accounts

Step 1: Change your Password

Once logged into your account, go to the Security tab to change your password.
Use a strong password that is not used anywhere else. Try to include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols for extra security. After you have entered your new password, click Save.

Step 2: Family Management

Before changing your email address, always check the Family Management tab to see if your account is in a family.
If your account is a member of a family, you will see the accounts of all other members of the family, along with their PSN ID's and email addresses.
Leave the family immediately, as the family manager can reset the password to any account in the family.
If your account is the manager of the family, remove all accounts from the family. Failing to do this will allow other accounts in your family to view your account email address, even after changing it.
If your account is not in a family, it will ask you if you would like to set up a new family. If you see this, advance to the next step.

Step 3: Change your Email Address (Sign-in ID)

Visit the Security tab once again to change your email address, also known as your Sign-in ID.
Make sure to use an email address that is not known by others, as knowing the email address on an account is a key factor in the recovery process for accounts of all regions.
After you have entered your new email address, click Save. You will receive an email asking you to verify your new Sign-in ID, click Confirm.


These 3 steps alone will lock anyone out of your account for the time being. They must contact support if they want to attempt recovering it.
The following steps are to help prevent pull-backs as much as possible. Different region support teams require different information to verify account ownership.
Some steps may not be necessary for the region of your account, but following all of them will ensure maximum possible security.

Step 4: 2-Step Verification

Consider adding 2-step verification to your account. This can be done via the Security tab. This of course will prevent anyone signing in even if they know your login information.
On top of this, if someone manages to pull/steal your account via support, some support teams usually will not remove 2-step verification without those recovering the account knowing the phone number on file.

Step 5: Transactions & CC's

Most support teams will ask you to provide the names of recent purchases made on the account. These can be updated by downloading games, avatars, and anything else from the store.
If a credit card has been used on the account before, I advise taking a note of the first and last 4 digits and adding your own via the Payment Management tab in order to fund the wallet.
Through Transactions on the website you will only be able to view the last 4 digits of any previous credit cards used on the account.
To view the first 4, you must add the account to your console and view the transactions there.
The first and last 4 digits of a credit card (CC) used to fund the accounts wallet is a key question asked by support of most if not all regions.

Step 6: Change your Date of Birth

You can view and also change your account's Date of Birth by logging into Sony Mobile here. You can only change your account's DOB once.
Upon logging in, if your page looks like this, rather than this, then your DOB has already been changed before.
Always make a note of your account's DOB. Without knowing it you will be unable to reset your password even if you have access to the email address on your account.
You can also set security questions and answers in the Security tab, these questions are only used for the password reset tool and are not asked by support during the recovery process.
If your account is European or Asian, the Date of Birth of your account is a key security question support will ask for.

Step 7: Change your Name and Address

All support teams ask for your name during the recovery process.
If the name provided is different to the one on the account, it can make it more difficult for them to assist whoever it may be trying to recover your account.
On some occasions support will ask for the address that is on the account. Both the name and address can be changed via the Basic Account Information tab.

By following the above steps you have secured your account as much as you possibly can.

IMPORTANT

No account can be 100% fully secured. When you buy a PSN account you should understand the risks.
Accounts with access to the Original Email (OGE) are ideally what you want. It is much easier to recover an account if you have access to the email used to create it.
Most accounts don't come with access to the Original Email (OGE) as they were obtained via support. If the seller can tell you what the OGE is, this is usually the best you will get.
Accounts with serial are risky to purchase. If someone has serial to your PSN account, they have a good chance at recovering it with little to no other information.
Try to avoid purchasing accounts with many previous owners, especially if a scammer has owned it in the past.
Purchasing accounts from trustworthy users on top of following all steps in this guide will ensure you the maximum security possible.
Always use a middleman when dealing.
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