Monday, March 24, 2014

Could smartphones become desired by thieves or street muggers just because of the bank and personal account access set up on them?

Just got my iPhone, as my Droid contract ran out, and this one is actually a little cheaper, but there is a 6G data limit.

The real point is that this phone is obviously faster and it will be easier to load apps and do more stuff in mobile mode.  That sounds good for travel.  But is it a good idea to do too much from phones?

Consider, if you are mugged on the street and the phone is stolen, the whole point of two-step verification is defeated if you put your Google account or any other company using two steps on.  Although right now hardwre resale seems to be the motive for crime, that could change the motives for robberies in the future, especially if a kill switch out on. Criminals could imagine stealing phones in order to empty bank accounts themselves.

Verizon does sell theft insurance, which is pretty inexpensive.

It seems that the whole issue of the safest practices when travel constantly change. (The Malaysian incident is far out, but maybe relevant eventually.)  Is it a good idea to make everything at home smart so you can monitor it from your phone, if it can be hacked?

Here's another thing.  It's safer to drive a cheaper, less flashy car, although the most fuel-efficient (and hybrids) may become more desired by thieves in the future.  And thieves, finding that cars are harder to start when stolen, are more violent when confronting drivers.   Car rental companies often offer upgrades for free (when you arrive at your destination airport) but that can make you more of a target when on the road than with what you drive at home.

All of this is serious.  Catching someone and putting him in prison does not eliminate the loss, which remains.  Ultimately, there are no victims.  

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