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Google Recommends Wallet Users Employ Screen Lock

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Feb 9, 2012, 5:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Several security holes have been found in Google's Wallet service in recent days that have Google scrambling for a fix. The first affected only rooted devices and is not a concern to most users. The second security hole, however, affects all users. Ne'er-do-wells who come across a stolen or lost Android device with Google Wallet active can clear the app of all data, set up new log-in credentials, and gain access to the rightful owner's pre-paid funds. Google confirmed the existence of the bug and said that it is working on a fix that it will deliver over the air. In the mean time, Google recommends that users of the Google Wallet service set up a screen lock for their device so that it can't be accessed by anyone if lost or stolen.

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Feb 9, 2012, 11:03 PM

Fix Idea

Why don't they update the program to force you to have a screen lock in order to use it?

Just an idea...

Feb 9, 2012, 5:41 PM

Straight up

If you use google wallet and you don't Already have a screen lock, you dumb, foo.

Feb 9, 2012, 6:09 PM

I think...

I'll wait til this whole "wallet" thing is hammered flat before I participate. Doesn't seem like a great place to be an early adopter.
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