Cyber Crime · Physical Security

Please tell me they’re joking – Google Wallet?


Oh goodness, gracious. I am not dreaming, I am not making this up, I am not kidding you.  I BS thee not.

Google Wallet Logo
Google Wallet Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight I received a notification:


Please visit your Google Wallet account settings page and update your information to ensure continued access to all the features of your Google Wallet account.

I clicked on the link, just to see what information Google has on me.  Thank goodness it only showed my Gmail address, I still had to log on with my password.


Then I went to ‘Google Wallet’ by typing it into the Google Search engine, I did not want to share any information with an online app with which I am not familiar.  I found that basically Google Wallet bundles all my credit card and debit card information online.  Probably my home address, a telephone number, my PIN, my three-digit security code on the card, perhaps the routing number to my checking account and then it would, of course, have my account number.


Carry them with you on your phone or on your computer

Please, please, please.  Let me cogitate this information for a second.  Using that amazing logic test, the Duck Test: If it smells like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.


I’m here to tell you almost no computer in the world is safe from a determined hacker. I’m here to tell you most of us will lose our phone. I’m here to tell you that most of us don’t properly secure our computer, our smart phone, or even our wallets.  So how in the heck does storing your credit and debit card information “in the cloud” help you secure your already vulnerable information?  Oh, there’s a function that allows you to close down your account if your phone is lost or stolen?  If you can’t even secure your phone with a password, what are the chances you’re going to remember how to shut down your account when you lose your phone?


With all the security breaches we’ve seen from every corner of the internet, what are the chances that Google Wallet will be secure – on your phone?


Like any good security professional, I’m going to wait a little while before I trust my precious hard-earned money to a brand new application.  Maybe I’ll trust it on version 2 or, perhaps, version 3, but I have this sinking feeling it will take a long time for me to trust this one.  Prove me wrong, Google, please?



2 thoughts on “Please tell me they’re joking – Google Wallet?

  1. They should require PIN code lock on the phone if you use features such as this. The new iPhone is slated to have extremely secure encryption – as long as you use PIN code lock. Whether you use features like this or not, leaving your phone un-secured is about the dumbest thing you could do. I don’t know about most people, but I have tons of personal information on my phone. However I use PIN code lock on my iPhone, so if I ever lost it I would leisurely head home and remote wipe the phone. Or I could use the built in features to find the phone and send an alert to the phone politely asking whoever found it to email me. Hey, you never know when a good person will find it instead of a thief.

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