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Google Wallet ditches support for rooted smartphones

Google Wallet ditches support for rooted smartphones

Google Wallet has some significant issues with security already this year. A potential hack was discovered in February that could have exposed credit cards. However, no evidence of credit card abuse or theft was noted. The security flaw was only exploitable on rooted Android devices. It seems Google is taking a different route with potential security flaws on rooted Android devices; it has decided to end support for rooted smartphones.

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Moneto NFC compatibility comes to six new phones

Moneto NFC compatibility comes to six new phones

Moneto has announced that is has expanded its flagship Near Field Communication (NFC) platform to Android, and has added support for six Samsung Galaxy S devices. This is in addition to the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, which were already supported by the company. The moneto platform is different than other "virtual wallets" because it uses a special microSD card, allowing it to function even in devices that don't have built-in NFC hardware.

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Google Wallet reopens for prepaid cards, adds transfer block

Google Wallet reopens for prepaid cards, adds transfer block

Google has reopened its Google Wallet mobile payments service to prepaid cards, having slammed the door on new additions after the discovery of a potential hack, while also delivering a fix that it claims will make the system more secure for users. No evidence of actual abuse has been identified as a result of the hack, the company's commerce team insisted, which allows the Google Wallet PIN to be revealed on Android devices that have been rooted.

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Google kills use of prepaid credit cards via Google Wallet

Google kills use of prepaid credit cards via Google Wallet

Last week we learned that if you're using an Android smart phone there was a way the PIN for your Google Wallet can be accessed using an app called Wallet Cracker. Since that hack surfaced, Google has maintained that its wallet service is secure. However, Google is taking steps to protect the prepaid credit cards that are linked to your Wallet account.

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Google defends Google Wallet despite hacking wave

Google defends Google Wallet despite hacking wave

Google Wallet has been the subject of the latest round of security paranoia, but Google has come forward to say there is nothing wrong with the product and anyone who is at risk of losing sensitive Google Wallet data is someone who made a specific decision to lower their entire phone's security, and it is their problem. The search giant is trying to prove that Google Wallet is safe, and this round of bad publicity should not be taken out of proportion.

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Google Wallet PIN on rooted Android devices at risk

Google Wallet PIN on rooted Android devices at risk

If you are an Android smartphone user who is taking advantage of Google Wallet on a smartphone that is rooted, you need to be aware of a potential major issue. As you know, when you're making a purchase with your Google Wallet must enter your PIN number to complete the transaction. A reputable security firm called Zvelo has alerted Google that it has discovered the PIN is at risk.

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Apple iPhone 5 will have strong NFC support: report

Apple iPhone 5 will have strong NFC support: report

There's new life emerging for one of the big Apple rumors that came out last year but never gained much steam. We're talking about Near Field Communication (NFC) support for the next generation of the iPhone. NFC, of course, is the standard used in contactless credit cards today and is looking to be a standard feature of smartphones tomorrow.

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No root Google Wallet port for Galaxy Nexus

No root Google Wallet port for Galaxy Nexus

If you have a new Galaxy Nexus and you aren’t happy with the fact that Google Wallet isn't offered for the smartphone, you need to check out this port. Some of the devs on XDA-Developers have been able to port the app to the Galaxy Nexus without having to root the device. The port involves installing the app as an APK.

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Security of Google Wallet questioned by viaForensics

Security of Google Wallet questioned by viaForensics

Most of us are very concerned about the security of the data that is stored on our smartphones. That concern is only going to grow as services like Google Wallet take more than our contacts or emails and store the data on phones. The security of Google Wallet has been called into question by a security firm called viaForensics. According to the security firm, the Google Wallet app has failed their security tests.

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