If you think that locking your phone with a fingerprint scanner is safe, think again, especially if you're the parent of a particularly precocious child. Six-year-old Ashlynd Howell taught all of us a lesson in cyber security when she used her mother's thumb to unlock her phone while she was sleeping, and then proceeded to go on a shopping spree.
In a piece about how internet shopping has made the magic of Christmas more difficult to keep alive, the Wall Street Journal reported on several incidents where kids figured out what they were going to find under their tree, including the story of Ashlynd's impressive hacking skills. But Ashlynd didn't just use her mom's phone to sleuth around and find out what her mom had already bought for her. No, Ashlynd had bigger plans. She found her way to the Amazon app and, "$250 later, she has shopped for all her Christmas presents on Amazon," said her mother, Bethany Howell, of Little Rock, Ark.
How did her parents find out what had happened? Well, the 13 order confirmation emails for Pokémon items might have been a tip. At first they thought that Ashlynd might have bought them by mistake. Clearly they didn't realize that Ashlynd is a pro online shopper. "No, Mommy, I was shopping," was her response, according to Ms. Howell. "But don’t worry—everything that I ordered is coming straight to the house," she assured them.
Ms. Howell also added that Ashlynd is "really proud of herself." Now there's someone who doesn't wait around to get what they want. Today's youth truly are our future.