Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Sep 2010 21:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's no surprise that HTC is working very hard on increasing its brand awareness, preferring to market phones as being HTC devices instead of carrier-branded ones that do not carry any HTC branding at all. This strategy is paying off, and today must've been very nice for them: they held an Apple-style product announcement in London, attended by media from all over the world. The news: two new phones, and an improved Sense experience which includes a web presence where you can remotely manage your HTC devices.
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Security issues?
by jal_ on Thu 16th Sep 2010 07:26 UTC
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2006-11-02

For example, people can easily locate a missing phone by triggering the handset to ring loudly, even if it is set to silent, or to flag its location on a map. If the phone's been lost or stolen, users can remotely lock the phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it


That sounds as a major security issue. If you can do that yourself, someone else could. Imagine someone tracking you without your knowledge, or forwarding calls to their own phone (not to mention wiping all data). I'd rather not have these features, thank you.

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RE: Security issues?
by WereCatf on Thu 16th Sep 2010 08:36 in reply to "Security issues?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

That sounds as a major security issue. If you can do that yourself, someone else could. Imagine someone tracking you without your knowledge, or forwarding calls to their own phone (not to mention wiping all data). I'd rather not have these features, thank you.

I can bet my ass there will be people trying to do exactly that. Hell, it'd be really lucrative for the criminals to forward all your calls and whatnot through an expensive number, keeping all the money but leaving you with a huge bill. Or spy on your calls if you happen to work for some largeish company and wait for you to say something they can use to their benefit, like f.ex. planned acquisitions which could affect stocks.

I really do hope they've made it very secure.

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RE: Security issues?
by Neolander on Fri 17th Sep 2010 21:22 in reply to "Security issues?"
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2010-03-08

Well, I'd rather not have the HTML5 geolocation API because of the potential consequences of vulnerabilities in geolocation-enabled web browsers, but I think we'll all get it anyway...

And another stupid feature : did you know that a bluetooth device paired with your phone can do basically anything it wants with it ? Including making calls, sending SMSs, reading yours... Discovered that some years ago, had some fun with that, it's quite frightening.

Edited 2010-09-17 21:23 UTC

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