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No if you do not use wifi, the data can not be intercepted.
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If your data gets sent in clear text, it can be captured on any link between your handset and the server. Your data doesn't magically encrypt itself when it hits the router, and WPA is only good at the access point. Afterwards your data still remains in clear text..
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I'd be more worried if this wasn't fixed already in an update or allowed access to things more menacing than my contacts and calendar.

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If your data gets sent in clear text, it can be captured on any link between your handset and the server. Your data doesn't magically encrypt itself when it hits the router, and WPA is only good at the access point. Afterwards your data still remains in clear text..
Really? I could have sworn that routers could magically encrypt data. Unless I'm mistaken.

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I don't know if you are actually worried or if this was a joke about sending the *panic* response over WiFi.
Edited by Kirmie - 5/26/11 at 9:23am
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Really? I could have sworn that routers could magically encrypt data. Unless I'm mistaken.
You would have to have the same encryption scheme on both ends of the tunnel, otherwise you end up with garbage data. Simply transmitting clear text from a phone, the router will not implement any encryption on the link unless you have an encrypted VPN/tunnel to the destination server itself.

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Even if you had an encrypted link to a destination VPN end point, after that your data will be reverted in clear text with destination to the server.
Edited by beers - 5/26/11 at 9:35am
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Almost all versions of the Android operating system were passing round unencrypted authentication tokens, found the researchers. It was fixed in version 2.3.4 but, suggest Google figures, only 0.3% of Android phones are running this software.
I'm so screwed, I have my Gmail, Facebook, and a Few Sync Accounts locked to my Android phone.
Well then, I hope Sony pushes that 2.3.4 Update for my Xperia Arc fast.
   
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