ARS: With the current generation of consoles, online play has become ubiquitous, leaving us with systems that are constantly connected to the Internet. This has led to many great things, like the advent of downloadable games, online multiplayer, and quick and easy game updates. But it's not without its drawbacks.
With the seemingly non-stop barrage of new hardware iterations, it's likely that at some point you'll decide to upgrade. But where does that leave your current console? There's all sorts of personal data tucked away that needs to be removed before it can be safely sold. Today's consoles can also serve as an entertainment hub, and prospective buyers could potentially end up with access to your personal photos, home movies, or even the number of the credit card used to purchase downloadable games and movies.
They might even get to look at your porn.