CAUTION: Do not alter your PS3’s DNS Settings

By NorseGamer, HSM Editor-in-Chief

In the last week, two of my friends have approached me with two rather wild claims:

Claim #1:Want to get real music via your Playground Boombox in your personal spaces?

Claim #2:Want to bypass the profanity censor in text chat?

Both claims carry the same instructions, which involve entering a new DNS number (exact instructions and DNS number edited from original post so that no one actually goes and does it).

IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU DO NOT DO THIS. SUCH AN ACTION IS POTENTIALLY VERY, VERY DANGEROUS.

Here’s what it means if you change your PS3’s DNS settings: it means that whomever is running that computer can forward any website you visit to them. (Imagine what might happen if you visited, say, PayPal, for instance.) It’s worth noting that one of my two friends who tried this has already experienced significant problems with her Home account.

I grew suspicious when the first friend of mine told me about this. I then became worried when the second friend, completely unrelated, shared the same info with me, albeit with a different sales pitch. If you are told about some cool new trick or exploit which involves manually altering your PS3’s settings — particularly anything to do with the internet — you might want to know what you’re exposing yourself to first.

Look…I know it’s cool to fancy oneself a “hacker” or have access to some cool feature that seems innocuous enough at first glance. But use your brains for a moment: everything comes with a price tag, and ignorance of how the internet works is no defense against someone who might be out to maliciously attack you electronically.

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