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

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  1. kodiak799

    kodiak799 Gold Member

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    Doubtful on my home address - they'd really have to search and MAYBE find an amazon receipt with my address. Calendar is fairly unreliable - some things they may discern I'm not home, but not always. You're also talking a much more non-passive act to break into a home, that likely has security and a much higher risk of being nabbed by the cops (or worse). And the vast majority of people who might find your phone are unlikely to commit serious damage like identify theft or casing your house - but the CC info is a much easier target. The worst that would typically happen would be placing some calls to India or wherever (or perhaps if you had some compromising photos or video it would wind-up on the internet).

    And if I actually lose my phone or computer, I'll likely realize it before any real damage can be done. But the problem with credit card/bank account theft, besides being passive, is the information can be out there for months (even years) waiting to be sold without your knowledge.

    There's already enough information about you on the internet that locking your phone doesn't really offer additional protection. What people put unnecessarily at risk are banking and financial data, perhaps some private data on an email that could be used for identify theft - none of that necessary to have on your phone or in an email account.
     
  2. aqworldthunder

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    Well, there's not enough information on the internet to really screw you over, but anything can be hacked like Ps3 their security is better and they got hacked last easter and stole about everyone's on psn credit card, and still haven't been, hacking is getting into the system, and getting away or delaying it, the psn hackers left all trails and easily hot millons of dollars..

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  3. Dusty

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    @Kodiak799: So you're saying that locking your phone is useless and people shouldn't bother... Not even as a precaution.

    Worst. Advice. Ever.

    Different strokes for different folks I guess.
     
  4. aqworldthunder

    aqworldthunder Darth Droid

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    Well, no I'm just saying don't relay on it all you have to do is find the security file and delete it, Personally all I would need is a usb and less than 5 mins. Just don't leave your phone in a easily accessed place, don't leave any information or email's that involve's your bank or anything relating.

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  5. aqworldthunder

    aqworldthunder Darth Droid

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    Also you should go to market and download "Motion Detector" on your phone. Basically set this up before leaving (If leaving phone home) and if it see's anything that goes in front of camera it takes pictures/videos and sends it to your email and can be sent to show it to someone you trust like a family member.

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    It's not just about protecting your finances. There are some WEIRD random people in the world. If you live in a major metropolitan area you see them wandering around on the daily basis. Look, I love my fellow human being as much as the next guy. But there are some folks that I'd just feel better about if they didn't have my phone number, address, work location or anything else. Not because they'll harm me or steal... but they might do something weird. Locking your phone to protect it from the average random person is just good business.

    Hypothetical... ask ANY woman how she would feel if she went out for the evening and lost her phone. The next day a gentleman from whom she got a weird vibe from showed up at her apartment to return her phone by looking up the info on her unlocked phone. Even if nothing happened she would most likely say she felt uncomfortable. And it is an avoidable thing.

    It's not just about credit cards... it's about random MFs. Locking your phone isn't just about protecting yourself from Joe Credit Card Superhacker. It's about keeping someone who wouldn't normally have the knowledge to access to your private information from accessing your information effortlessly. I'm not saying that everyone in the world is a predator searching for their next victim, but it's just in your best interest to, at the very least, take this one small step in personal security. You never know. You just NEVER know.
     
  7. thaDroidz

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    Wifi?

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    You understand someone can screw you over in 15 mins..

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  9. RyanPm40

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    People could find my home address by looking at my Facebook. Or, Hell, even the Whitepages for that matter. Should everyone be listed as private and phone books should be destroyed now?

    I do understand what you're saying though. Of course you don't want people accessing your private data. Which is why I say... don't use google wallet. It's incredibly risky and scary that a computer hacker could get into your flawed wifi or mobile connection somehow and steal your card info. I fail to see how that's more safe than having the card in your wallet- where someone can't just hack into it from a far away distance.
     
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    Can the random person sitting next to you on the subway find your address and schedule in under 5 minutes without asking you a single question? If you leave an unlocked smartphone on the seat they can.

    There's a difference between someone actively searching for information about you and you simply handing it to a random stranger. A car thief can bust the window to get into your car. Do you just leave the car unlocked with the windows down all of the time?

    Is everyone here just deadset against a lockscreen?
     
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    How many places with Google wallet access have open wifi? By the time they found a pay pass and wifi area, I've already locked my account by changing my Google password.

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    The new chastity belt?
     
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