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Comment Re:Also (Score 1) 123

My phone is encrypted and protected with a fairly strong password (12-digit PIN in my case). In addition, the mobile banking app is also protected with a different, fairly strong password. It has multi-factor authentication, but since that is a text to my phone that doesn't count here.

Since my life is on the phone and I use it to constantly stay in touch with family and friends, plus things like navigation, and quick look-ups of information, it is always on me. So much so that I'd sooner forget my wallet or car keys than my phone.

Finally, my phone is not only constantly backed up, it has, essentially, a GPS locator that I can use from my PC to to find it. Just enter "where's my android phone" into Google, assuming you're logged in to your Google account.

Comment Re:FUD! Pay us cash! (Score 1) 57

It wouldn't, as my criticism was directed at the 3rd party security tool vendor, not the OS vendor. I would have been equally derisive if the malware was for iOS and only was effected on jail broken devices.

Thought, to correct your assertion, you actually wonder if my comment would be different if the target of the malware was iOS.

I personally prefer Google's model because it gives me the choice whereas Apple's does not. Android says "you should" whereas iOS says "you must".

Comment FUD! Pay us cash! (Score 3, Insightful) 57

This is a 24 page report that can be summed up as "An amazing number of people are stupid enough to click links embedded in SMS messages. However, since this sort of attack is blocked by anyone with the default 'do not allow third-party apps' setting in Android, we only saw 38 actual instances of infected devices contacting the C2 systems. Please take the other 23 1/2 pages of the report as proof we are highly technically skilled, but in general spreading FUD so you pay us lots of money to protect against a threat that has an almost insignificant likelihood of affecting you."

Comment Re:I don't buy it (Score 2) 365

LOL, seriously? You're surprised to find people on Slashdot blaming the user instead of the design?

This place is full of people who take pride in operating complex interfaces and wail at the thought of "dumbing things down" for "stupid regular users". It's technical-literacy elitism.

It's the same crowd still expecting the Year of the Linux Desktop, and claiming Apple only became* successful because of good marketing.

* I use past tense here because I'm the first to admit Apple has taken some steps backward on usability in recent years.

Comment Re: "heist at a major financial institution" (Score 1) 116

Yeah, that problem was solved centuries ago. Considering I'm posting from inside a restaurant who is doing just that, after stopping at a gas station who did the same, the challenge of finding people to accept paper currency AND purely digital bits via a debit card is trivial.

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