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    More: PSA, Security token, Authentication, Identity theft, Password, Verification, one-time, phone line, Social Security numbers  
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808 clicks; posted to STEM » on 02 Sep 2021 at 7:27 AM (19 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-09-02 9:06:37 AM  
9 votes:
It really bothers me that companies expect me to have my phone with me a all times. From these authentications to restaurants that have replaced menus with QR codes, there is an expectation that I have a computer in my pocket at all times; this is not the case.

I can, and do, go days without my phone. This shocks people, I am aware. When I mentioned to some friends that I was without my phone for a while traveling in Mexico they looked at me like I had gone to the moon without a spacesuit.

We shouldn't be expected to carry a phone anymore than we should be expected to have our refrigerator connected to the Internet.
 
2021-09-02 9:28:22 AM  
6 votes:

CFitzsimmons: It really bothers me that companies expect me to have my phone with me a all times. From these authentications to restaurants that have replaced menus with QR codes, there is an expectation that I have a computer in my pocket at all times; this is not the case.

I can, and do, go days without my phone. This shocks people, I am aware. When I mentioned to some friends that I was without my phone for a while traveling in Mexico they looked at me like I had gone to the moon without a spacesuit.

We shouldn't be expected to carry a phone anymore than we should be expected to have our refrigerator connected to the Internet.


I'm old so while i do have my phone with me 90% of the time, I don't particularly care to use it for major things like extensive web browsing (I'm on my PC for this) or stuff that requires scrolling forever. I'd rather do the major screen time on a bigger screen.
 
2021-09-02 8:45:59 AM  
4 votes:
Consumers didn't ask for this shiat. Don't blame them.
 
2021-09-02 9:46:42 AM  
1 vote:

Russ1642: I don't know why so many companies can't figure it out


TOTP requires an app to be installed on the user's device.  SMS does not.  It's a cost/benefit calculation, and breaking SMS requires breaking the law.  That's good enough to cover banks asses, or at least has been so far.
 
2021-09-02 10:13:26 AM  
1 vote:

CFitzsimmons: It really bothers me that companies expect me to have my phone with me a all times. From these authentications to restaurants that have replaced menus with QR codes, there is an expectation that I have a computer in my pocket at all times; this is not the case.

I can, and do, go days without my phone. This shocks people, I am aware. When I mentioned to some friends that I was without my phone for a while traveling in Mexico they looked at me like I had gone to the moon without a spacesuit.

We shouldn't be expected to carry a phone anymore than we should be expected to have our refrigerator connected to the Internet.


Buy a Linux phone
 
2021-09-02 2:26:38 PM  
1 vote:

CFitzsimmons: It really bothers me that companies expect me to have my phone with me a all times. From these authentications to restaurants that have replaced menus with QR codes, there is an expectation that I have a computer in my pocket at all times; this is not the case.

I can, and do, go days without my phone. This shocks people, I am aware. When I mentioned to some friends that I was without my phone for a while traveling in Mexico they looked at me like I had gone to the moon without a spacesuit.

We shouldn't be expected to carry a phone anymore than we should be expected to have our refrigerator connected to the Internet.


Agreed. Even if you have your phone, you might not have data coverage when you are travelling.
 
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