So you now love your mobile phone right ? You know you shouldn’t be on it that much but god damn it, it’s just there…and you’re bored and well it’s just habit !!!
So mobile phones are already our friend and foe. Get ready to be even more annoyed with the fact you love your phone.. By the end of this blog post you might be ready to chuck your smartphone out the nearest window and go back to living without one, like folks did in the Stone Age (the ’90s were the Stone Age, right?).
The problem is that every smartphone out there is a potential threat to you whether you own one or not. For example, did you know that any old Tony Faloney can brush against you in a Buckley’s and remotely steal the data right off your credit card with his phone?
And that once that information is on his phone, he can wave it at a register and pick up a lock of free stuff with your card details ?
Don’t worry, not all of your cards are vulnerable. But if you’re one of the thousands of Irish people carrying a futuristic “contactless” card — the kind you just wave in front of a terminal to pay for stuff, such as American Express’ ExpressPay — then you’d better keep that fucker in a lead-lined wallet because, as you may have already realized, they’re designed to have their radio chips scanned from inches away.
That means all it takes is a modern phone with near field communication (NFC) capabilities and a special program and voila — a crook can use thief magic to pass right through a solid wallet to steal your credit card with god damn radio waves, and you don’t even get the satisfaction of a fleeting grope.
Yep, in our technological age, even the intimate act of digging inside a stranger’s pocket has become detached and impersonal for the sake of convenience.
Next time you are out and about remember to stay in big fields, away from people and things.