All those who are hooked onto using Google Wallet prepaid card facilities can now heave a sigh of relief, as the company has recommenced the services for the same. These functions were disabled by Google because it detected some security flaws in the system.
Few days ago, folks behind Wallet had expressed their decision to temporarily discontinue the aforementioned services, till a permanent solution was established regarding some of the detected problems. For security purposes, the software makes use of the phone screen lock as well as a PIN code for each device. However, it was noticed that in spite of this, the application might be vulnerable.
“Yesterday afternoon, we restored the ability to issue new prepaid cards to the Wallet. In addition, we issued a fix that prevents an existing prepaid card from being re-provisioned to another user. While we’re not aware of any abuse of prepaid cards or the Wallet PIN resulting from these recent reports, we took this step as a precaution to ensure the security of our Wallet customers. If you are unable to access your previous prepaid card balance for any reason, please contact our toll-free support for assistance,” wrote Osama Bedier, Vice President, Google Wallet and Payments as an update to the original ‘Protecting your payments with Google Wallet’ post on the official Google Commerce blog.
Also, rooting the handset is bound to disable some safety mechanisms, which can cause the Google Wallet data to be wiped out. Citing these reasons, the concerned Google team had announced these provisional measures. It is presently being reported that an issue concerning re-provisioning of existing prepaid cards has been taken care of.
Existing users can now access their Google Wallet prepaid card services. New ones can sign up for it through the official website.