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PIN-sized security hole puts the kibosh on pre-paid Google Wallet cards for now

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PIN-sized security hole puts the kibosh on pre-paid Google Wallet cards for now
Recently, Google Wallet has had some problems with PIN security. At first, there was a breach available that could lead to your PIN getting stolen from a rooted device along with user IDs and all the information needed to break into your Google Wallet account. Now, that possibility has spread to non-rooted units as well. If your phone is stolen and you are not using the lock screen, your PIN number could be "reassigned" and someone with criminal intent could have access to the pre-paid balance attached to your phone. Because of this, Google has stopped the provisioning of pre-paid cards until it can come up with a permanent fix.

Still, Google says that Google Wallet has multiple levels of protection and that on most handsets, rooting your phone automatically wipes Google Wallet data off the device. Of course, that doesn't help fix the problem occuring on non-rooted models. The company says that mobile payments are going to be more common in the future and that it is learning more about security as Google Wallet grows in availability and usage. "You can be confident that the digital wallet you carry provides defenses that plastic and leather simply don’t," posted Google Wallet and Payments Vice President, Osama Bedier.

source: Google

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posted on 12 Feb 2012, 11:30 2

1. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I don't know why, but I just can't trust a dude named Osama with my money...

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 12:13 4

2. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


One bad Osama ruined it for everyone. Well, not everyone. Just assholes like this guy.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 12:34 4

3. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Get a life, ok. It's ppl like you we dont need on Planet Earth. Someone else's name has nothing to do with their capabilities. Or where they come from or which race or culture they belong to, everyone is capable of doing something great irrespective of their background, nationality or whatever. So do us all a favor and GET-A-LIFE @THEPHONEGUY92

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 12:38 1

4. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I am very surprised at how receptive you all are to a joke. Keep it up!

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 13:20 1

5. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Wait, so you're telling me that an unsecured device is... unsecure? Isn't that like saying a particular door/lock manufacturer is bad because someone's home was burglarized when they left the door wide open?

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