Google Wallet Hacked Again: This time it's scarier - simple and no root needed

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  1. captdroid

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    Neither, better to be right for the right reason :D
     
  2. Juicemane

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    Sorry but you are somewhat incorrect.

    Wallet is linked to your Gmail Account, the balance is related directly to your NFC Chip (so you cant scam $10 over and over) but the actual account information is all done through your Gmail account. I had to exchange my first G Nexus and I used wallet on it. When I installed on the new device I installed wallet and lost my old balance. Balance information is routed through the phone and not your google account. However; if you reflash a rom without doing a data wipe, you will still have the lockscreen on... if you do a data wipe, the account information is gone, rendering google wallet useless.

    See the point here? Even if you have a balance on Wallet, if you dont sign into the corresponding Google Account, you cannot do anything with the funds.

    Put a lock on your device if you use wallet. Case and point. Or... just dont store your credit card info into wallet...

    Funny thing about this is most people are pissed about the concept of someone hacking the Wallet, when in reality you only have $10 on it... I would be more concerned about the $600 phone that was lost or stolen, then to worry about some jerk off stealing my free money in my wallet account.

    Ignorance is bliss.
     
  3. Frankiebonez

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    I think someone else mentioned this at some point, but its no worse than actually losing your wallet. If it could be more secure thats great, but like I just stated its just like losing your wallet with your credit cards in it. Same sort of scenario has to occur for this to be a real security breach. Also, if you dont put a screen lock on your phone with sensitive and personal information your just being stupid.... sorry, truth hurts!
     
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    OK if you lose your phone all you have to do is change your Gmail password and this flaw no longer exists.
     
  5. RyanPm40

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    Is anyone really that surprised that putting your credit card information on a cell phone is an unsafe thing to do?
     
  6. Dusty

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    [Beat Dead Horse]

    If you'll notice, all of the exploits require that you DON'T ENABLE YOUR LOCK SCREEN.
    Even if you didn't use Google Wallet the nefarious individual would have access to all of your personal information if you DON'T ENABLE YOUR LOCK SCREEN.

    Do you see what I'm getting at?

    [/Beat Dead Horse]
     
    #18 Dusty, Feb 10, 2012
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  7. kodiak799

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    Until we get instantaneous and fool-proof fingerprint (which ultimately makes more sense) and/or facial recognition, I fail to see the convenience. I don't put sensitive data on my phone because I don't lock it - terribly annoying to have to put in a pass code, even if a trace takes just a second.

    Nor can I see the convenience this brings vs. a credit card if you have to unlock your phone and then enter a code to launch the app. As I've said from the beginning => not ready for prime time. In the future, I can definitely see the advantages using it to unlock your house door, open your garage, and disarm your home security, among other things. But until then, this is mostly a gimmick.
     
  8. RyanPm40

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    Some people don't like lock screens, worry they'll forget their unlock code, and think they're a complete pain in the neck when they need to make a quick call. We've gone years without needing a lock screen for our cell phones, why should the smartphone world be making things more difficult when the entire point of a smartphone is for ease of use for the consumer?
     
  9. Dusty

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    If you receive personal emails on your phone then you are using it as a sensitive data access point. Unless you don't mind allowing someone who finds your phone to have access to a treasure trove of data. Contacts, photos, your home address, your personal calendar (that instantly tells when you'll be away from home), etc. Within minutes, long before you can get to a computer to change your email password a mysterious evil-do'er could find out just about everything about you. An email keyword search only takes a few seconds. They could probably beat you to your home to clean you out! OK... OK... That's a bit over-dramatic, I know. But even something as seemingly innocuous as private email is pretty sensitive and you should lock your phone. Unless you don't receive emails to your smartphone, and if you don't do you really need one?

    But hey, that's your business. Do what you like.
     
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  10. aqworldthunder

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    Sorry to tell this to you but any security can be hacked it just get's more difficult the easiest to hack is the site's without shadow then one's with shadow and then one's with multiple security programs & shadow.

    -AqworldThunder ;) ^…^ ¶.¶ *.* Thank me if i helped please!
     
  11. RyanPm40

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    Haha I don't care if people read my e-mails, I have nothing to hide in there :p
     
  12. Dusty

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    That's not the point. Within a few minutes of looking through your emails someone could easily find your home address and the next time you won't be home. This is basic security. That's like saying you don't lock the front door of your house because you have nothing to hide! THINK! You could misplace your phone someone could get info on you and turn it in. You'd get your phone back some time later, and not even realize that you just got cased. Even of you don't use Google Wallet there are things far more damaging that someone with ulterior motives could glean from a smartphone with no lock.

    Look, it's just a good idea to activate the lockscreen. It can't stop a specialist, but it will keep the average schiesty individual at bay.
     
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