Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Aug 2013 22:24 UTC
Google Android gets a 'find my phone' service from Google, for 2.2 and above.

Have you ever lost your phone in between the couch cushions or forgot it in a restaurant? Or maybe searching for your phone before you rush out the door is part of your morning routine? Later this month, the new Android Device Manager can help you out. It's one of a few simple features you can use to keep your device - and the data you store inside - safe and secure.

About time.

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RE[3]: Avast!
by ilovebeer on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 00:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Avast!"
ilovebeer
Member since:
2011-08-08

Encrypted with an actual secure phrase and disabling usb debugging should keep my data safe at least long enough for me to change all the passwords in the password file and revoke the privileges on the phone.

The people stealing phones and such generally aren't your sharpest tools in the shed.

If cell phone thieves aren't the sharpest tools in the shed, they probably wouldn't know what to do with any of your data anyways. Or you could just not use your cell phone for everything you do, assuming that's the case.

Aside of getting personal notes, phone numbers to public figures, and miscellaneous non-explicit pics there isn't much a cell phone thief is going to get from my cell phone. I don't use cell phones for things where security actually matters -- like banking for example. It's just not wise in my opinion to have a trove of important and compromising information located in a single device that's fairly easy to steal and hack.

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RE[4]: Avast!
by intangible on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 00:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Avast!"
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

Having some precautions makes a lot more sense than no precautions at all, or completely avoiding a technology because someone might steal it.

I assume you don't use email at all on your phone, because any online banking password reset is rarely farther away than an email link and some commonly known knowledge about you (that's in your txt messages I assume).

Just having your phone number and name will get them far if they call your bank.

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RE[5]: Avast!
by unclefester on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 03:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Avast!"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Just having your phone number and name will get them far if they call your bank.


It wouldn't get them anywhere with my bank. Customer service wants your full name, address, DOB, answers to two secret questions and a password to access your account.

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RE[4]: Avast!
by leos on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 06:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Avast!"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I don't use cell phones for things where security actually matters -- like banking for example. It's just not wise in my opinion to have a trove of important and compromising information located in a single device that's fairly easy to steal and hack.


I don't think you understand how mobile banking works. It's the same as online banking. I've never heard of a banking app that stores your password for you. It's just a somewhat more convenient way to access the online banking services. If you don't trust it then you also don't trust any ecommerce on the web.

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RE[5]: Avast!
by ilovebeer on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 23:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Avast!"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

"I don't use cell phones for things where security actually matters -- like banking for example. It's just not wise in my opinion to have a trove of important and compromising information located in a single device that's fairly easy to steal and hack.


I don't think you understand how mobile banking works. It's the same as online banking. I've never heard of a banking app that stores your password for you. It's just a somewhat more convenient way to access the online banking services. If you don't trust it then you also don't trust any ecommerce on the web.
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Yes, I do understand how mobile banking works. Enough to the point that I'm aware it's _not_ the same as online banking as you suggest. If anything it may actually be more secure. Further, to make the assumption that not trusting mobile banking means a person doesn't trust any e-commerce is plain dumb. First, there are different degrees of security and different methods of securing data that are used in mobile vs. internet commerce. In some cases, mobile commerce may be more secure than using the internet. In other cases the opposite may be true. To imply that they are one in the same only shows a lack of understanding.

Next, I didn't say I don't trust mobile banking. I said it's unwise to keep a trove of information in one location, especially when that is a single device that is easily stolen and hacked. It's usually not a matter of one single thing. As a whole however, a persons cell phone may contain vast amounts of sensitive personal information. My phone isn't one of them.

I'm not saying all this access & convenience is bad, I'm saying just be careful how you use it. Some people have their entire lives on their cell phone. Only a fool would think that's a good idea.

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