Award wallet a good idea?

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  1. Tweedy

    Tweedy Silver Member

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    How many people use award wallet? I am somewhat reluctant to give out my passwords etc. am I just paranoid?
     
  2. cvarming
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    I use a password manager (there are quite a few good ones out there: 1password, last pass, etc), so awardwallet will have a bunch of long random strings. They can of course be used to log into every account you put on award wallet, but I only have a few accounts I really care about. Do notice that I have account that I will not share with award wallet. For instance, I will not let it observe my points with the big banks as that would require the sharing of passwords to those accounts, and I care a great deal about those.
     
  3. MX

    MX Gold Member

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    It's common sense not to give out your passwords or login credentials to any third party, and it should continue to work well for you in the future. :)
     
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    I use AwardWallet. I find it valuable, especially for tracking inactivity expiration dates - "sort by expiration date" is particularly handy. In addition to my own accounts, I track several family members' accounts. They may not have such big balances, but we don't want even a little 7k balance to expire.

    If you prefer, you can use AwardWallet's browser plugin and just store passwords locally. I find it more useful to store them with AwardWallet and be able to seamlessly switch computers.
     
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  5. daninstl

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    I use award wallet and prefer to store locally. It's a great service and I do find value in the upgraded service with them. I guess I trust them more than United does :)
     
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  6. satman40

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    Only put information on the cloud you want to share.

    Only use your computer, if it does not have a key loger.

    Bank up your information with an external hard drive,

    I suspect more miles, and gift cards are lost because of poor habits, than hacked.
     
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    Great points (pardon the pun). Don't log into Award Wallet from public computers like the hotel business center or on public wifi if you can avoid it. If you have to go back later and change your passwords, etc. for AW and the accounts you used through there.
     
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  8. Tweedy

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
     
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  9. satman40

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    Most hackers do not look for your info, they could care less.

    Most just do it for fun, to alter a secure wall.

    Too many Of us leaves an open computer in a hotel lobby, just remember to log out. I have seen it happen too many times.

    A little common sense goes a long ways.
     
  10. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Cite?
     
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    Use it and love it. We here long to get something for nothing but I willingly pay their fee with a smile. Great product.
     
  12. satman40

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    Most hackers do not look for your info, they could care less.

    Most just do it for fun, to alter a secure wall.
    Cite?

    For security reasons that's not a good idea.

    It is always best to limit once liability
     
  13. JosephMay

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    I love Awardwallet. It is my most essential travel app.
     
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  14. Boraxo

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    I have no reason to think awardwallet is less secure than UA, DL or AA, all of which were recently hacked (and miles stolen from individual accounts). In some ways awardwallet promotes better security because it makes it easy and fast to check multiple accounts to see if anyone has hacked you.

    The more important concern should be the strength of your passwords and security questions (hint: mothers maiden name is pretty easy to find), how often you reuse your password, etc. Not to mention complaining to programs that still permit use of a 4-digit pin!
     
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  15. jlien26

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    I use award wallet and find it really helpful, but only use your personal computer and or phone. I am also super parinoid about using public computers or someone elses. I suspect most hacks are done by bad habits such as using a hotel computer to check balances and not logging out.
     
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    Assume that the wallet will be broken into. Use passwords that you wouldn't mind losing.
     
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    BINGO....

    The longer the password the longer it takes me to break it...

    One would be surprised how many people leave the keys in their cars.
     
  18. bigx0

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    It's not that I don't trust Award Wallet, per se. I don't think they are crooks. But I don't trust anyone really -- I don't want to store all my passwords with them since they may get compromised one day.

    That said, you don't have to give them your passwords -- you can opt to store them locally. It's a valuable service.
     
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    I'm definitely a fan of AwardWallet. It's good that they offer the option to store locally.
     
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    Awardwallet is a great idea. The only skeptics tend to be computer professionals who are hyper-sensitive to security issues.
     
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    Anyone up to date on whether Award Wallet was hacked? First my British Airways account and now my REI account are pointing their fingers at AW.
     
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  23. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Yeah, I did see that. Seems like not a day goes by without report of a hack.
     
  25. slickbaggies

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    award wallet works well.
     
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