Hello all, DISCLAIMER: Long post coming! Please take a time to read it so you can understand my doubt in full. Thanks! POST I just bought an old factory sealed PS3 CECH-2101a. The machine is working perfectly and is a lot dusty. I'm opening it to clean and change the thermal paste. Since the console will be open in front of me I can't decide what unlock method to put in it. I have a Cobra ODE v3, which is perfect for this model since I don't need to solder anything (this version works perfectly with the 4.55 OFW and no "boot disc" is needed). Also, I have an E3 Flasher, which gives me the possibility to CFW the PS3. Some background to my doubts: Some time ago (not longer) I saw a post somewhere where the OP was asking for opinions about ways to avoid being banned online with some sort of unlock. Some said CFW is dangerous as hell where other said as long as you stick to some "rulez" (like not loading homebrew while online or using a homebrew, after loading the game OFFLINE in MM, called PSNPatch, which erases all loaded game history, changes the console IDs, disables all CFW syscalls making the CFW appear as OFW and a couple of other things to make you as safer as possible online) you'd be fine. A third group said ODE (aka Cobra ODE) is the "de facto" solution for online play and near zero ban chance, because you mount the game as if it where a disc, plus you'd using an OFW. Of course the same "rule" of "don't load homebrew or tempered PKGs online still applies. A particular post caught my attention: the user said he was using CFW AND Cobra ODE. This way he could enjoy the power of CFW and still load the games "safely" with Cora ODE and play online. He didn't mention anything about PSNPatch, but using it will be "safer". My personal scenario: I'll be using the PS3 mainly for playing games (as obvious as it sounds, hehe) and as a media center with Showtime. Of course that it'd awesome if I could use the PS3 to play online games, but I don't want to take the risk unnecessarily. So, what you guys think about this last method? I know the only 100% safe way to play online is using an original PS3 with original games (and even that isn't truly 100% safe as we know), but could this method be safer than CFW only? NOTE: I don't plan to cheat online not anything like that (although the fact of playing online with a pirated game could be considered cheating by some). Thanks for your inputs and thoughts!