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Is it safe to give someone your playstation network password?

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Hi Son has come home today and wants to give his friend his psn password so they can swap or download things. I am worried about this so i went online and deleted my bank details which i was plannin… Read More
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hi
Son has come home today and wants to give his friend his psn password so they can swap or download things. I am worried about this so i went online and deleted my bank details which i was planning to do anyway as we now buy him psn cards which i feel are better security for us.
My son says his friends do this all the time. Is it quite normal and is there anything i should be worried about.
Thanks.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
why doesnt his friend get his own password?I wouldnt do this-logged in under your childs name they could do anything and he would be responsible-passwords are there for a reason-because they are specific to one person.
#2
Dont do it
1 Like #3
its fine if you have no bank details on there, they wont be able to run up a bill on your account, one thing it does do though is leave you one less ps3 activation if your sons ps3 dies so if he shares his details with 4 friends and then has his details on his own and his breaks sony may not play ball in resetting the amount of activations that have been used and so any content bought will have to be rebought again.

it is against sony T&C but so far they havent done anything to me and i have been doing this since i found out about it a few months after launch :)
#4
Could be cheaper in short term but if they have a spat with each other, I guess his 'friend' could change his password on him and lock him out.
#5
Some kids will think it is funny to change a password and lock out the account. Or change details to make him look stupid. It probably won't be his friend who does it, but how long will it be before his friend gives his password to somebody else - even if he claims he won't?

Does the account allow emails or personal messages to be sent? Somebody could have "fun" sending stupid or offending messages from your account and pretending it's from you.

Also whether or not it's safe in this specific instance isn't necessarily relevant. In general it's a bad habit to give out passwords. Often people use the same password for different accounts, so you can end up with somebody using the password to log into a shopping site that you've registered with. That wouldn't be much fun.
#6
Kids are so fickle, best friends today, mortal enemies tomorrow. You'd be mad to allow it.
1 Like #7
If you do allow it, I'd recommend you get him to change the password at the end of the day when his friend has gone. Might be easier if you want to avoid being seen as the bad guy in front of his friend.
1 Like #8
barky
why doesnt his friend get his own password?I wouldnt do this-logged in under your childs name they could do anything and he would be responsible-passwords are there for a reason-because they are specific to one person.

With PSN content you can access your games on up to five different consoles which is meant to be for people who have multiple consoles and/or replacement machines. However if you give your account details to someone else, they can connect as you on their PS3 and play any content you've paid for. Or something like that, I've seen people organise on forums where they set up an account specifically for game sharing and split the costs but it's not something I've been involved in.

John
1 Like #9
Instead, if they want to content share, go to each others house and log in to their console then do the download and log off. Surely that's the safest solution?
#10
Spod
If you do allow it, I'd recommend you get him to change the password at the end of the day when his friend has gone. Might be easier if you want to avoid being seen as the bad guy in front of his friend.


That is exactly what I was going to do. I was going to change the password in the morning. The other kid lives some distance awayso they cant visit each others housed but he is a nice boy but I would still feel more comfortable changing it in case anyone else got hold of it.
I didnt know about the 5 console thing so may have to think about that.
Thanks for all your replies.
#11
Peterdj41
its fine if you have no bank details on there, they wont be able to run up a bill on your account, one thing it does do though is leave you one less ps3 activation if your sons ps3 dies so if he shares his details with 4 friends and then has his details on his own and his breaks sony may not play ball in resetting the amount of activations that have been used and so any content bought will have to be rebought again.

it is against sony T&C but so far they havent done anything to me and i have been doing this since i found out about it a few months after launch :)



I understand what you are saying. Apparently his friends do it quite regularly which is a bit worrying. Luckily at the moment they dont buy much on line but no doubt will more as they get older. Theyre all about 14 at the moment.
Is there a way of deactivating from that playstation a week or so later. My son thinks this may lose his data.
#12
DragonChris
Instead, if they want to content share, go to each others house and log in to their console then do the download and log off. Surely that's the safest solution?


Its simply because they cant visit each other. I think that would still have the same problem with activating another playstation. Perhaps he could delete my son off the network once they have finished the game they are playing. Not sure if this will deactivate him off that playstation yet.
All very confusing.
#13
Pretty sure if the kid does change his password, he can ring sony.
#14
DragonChris
Instead, if they want to content share, go to each others house and log in to their console then do the download and log off. Surely that's the safest solution?


Think this is the idea. Will the download be lost once they have logged off?
1 Like #15
To be safe, don't give the password.
Let his friend bring his machine to your house, and your son needs to create an account on his friends machine and sign in into his own account on PSN.

He then needs to go to the account settings and "Activate" his account.
Your son can then access anything that was bought on his account, on his friends machine.
He can redownload anything your son has downloaded.

Make sure you don't "Save Password" on it.

Take the serial number of his friends console down, and keep it safe.

Your sons' friend can then take it home, and play on it, and play the downloaded content on his machine. If your son deletes your sons account from his machine, he loses the ability to play anything from your sons account.
1 Like #16
Goofeys Girl
Peterdj41
its fine if you have no bank details on there, they wont be able to run up a bill on your account, one thing it does do though is leave you one less ps3 activation if your sons ps3 dies so if he shares his details with 4 friends and then has his details on his own and his breaks sony may not play ball in resetting the amount of activations that have been used and so any content bought will have to be rebought again.

it is against sony T&C but so far they havent done anything to me and i have been doing this since i found out about it a few months after launch :)


I understand what you are saying. Apparently his friends do it quite regularly which is a bit worrying. Luckily at the moment they dont buy much on line but no doubt will more as they get older. Theyre all about 14 at the moment.
Is there a way of deactivating from that playstation a week or so later. My son thinks this may lose his data.
only way you can deactivate a ps3 is by logging on the username on the ps3 you want deactivating and then selecting it in account management.

doing this however then renders any downloads from your sons account on that deactivated ps3 useless as the account has to be active on the ps3's that wishes to use the content that is being shared.

hope that makes sense



Goofeys Girl
DragonChris
Instead, if they want to content share, go to each others house and log in to their console then do the download and log off. Surely that's the safest solution?

Think this is the idea. Will the download be lost once they have logged off?

logging out of an account once the content has been put on the download list is fine, and your sons friend can still download the content and then play it aswell without having to know the password if the machine was brought to your house / your son went to his friends house and logged in.

so long as the account isnt then deactivated/ deleted on the friends machine everything will work as it should and they can play together in multiplayer etc.
#17
Thanks guys it makes sense to me now. His friends have been swapping details all over school so i can see problems for them in the future.
I think we are going to come to some sort of agreement that he only does this with one or two best friends who i also know the parents so we can then deactivate and i know they will not pass details on to anyone else.
I will already be down to 4 consoles as our last PS3 got the YLOD and we just bought another didnt bother sending it to sony. I may try and contact them to try and get that one back.
Thank you for all your very thorough answers.
#18
thesaint
To be safe, don't give the password.
Let his friend bring his machine to your house, and your son needs to create an account on his friends machine and sign in into his own account on PSN.

He then needs to go to the account settings and "Activate" his account.
Your son can then access anything that was bought on his account, on his friends machine.
He can redownload anything your son has downloaded.

Make sure you don't "Save Password" on it.

Take the serial number of his friends console down, and keep it safe.

Your sons' friend can then take it home, and play on it, and play the downloaded content on his machine. If your son deletes your sons account from his machine, he loses the ability to play anything from your sons account.


Thanks Saint just spotted your comment, that makes a lot of sense and is the safe option by far.
#19
Yeah basically it's used so if one person has one game, and another has another, instead of them both buying the other game you log into the PSN and download it from the other person's PSN.

I've only done it with someone I 100% trust as they could share the PSN with others and before you know it you're PSN is blocked out.

I changed my password, let him download the Map Pack, and changed it as soon as it was finished, easy.

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