Your credit card information is not stored on your Roku: your credit card information is stored in the cloud, linked to your Roku account, but not on the device itself. By stealing your Roku, someone could not steal your credit card info.
Think about it. Have you ever entered your credit card info onto your Roku, using your Roku remote or your remote Roku app? No. If someone steals your Roku, the worst they can do is get the information that they can read in the settings screen.
The little devices have very limited storage-yes I'm aware of that part. It does not matter to me at least the location where
vital information happens to be stored. Simply if It's that sensitive information is stored in the first place somewhere access-able.
Wherever it actually is on the actual device (not in this case) or online, and most important of all, if someone could get a hold of it. Right this minute, I am on my Roku Ultra looking at this: (Settings>Payment Method
). 1 option (Update Payment Method
) and the last 4 digits
of my credit card is displayed on my screen. Too easy access to sensitive information to change or even tempted to tamper with anyone who has my Ultra in their possession.
And going further (System>About
) and my email and my device's name is shown. Select another option on the menu: (System>About>Roku Account
) and everything about my device is shown from it's unique serial number to my own IP and MAC addresses
. Again a bit more information than I care to be displayed so easily.
I know, I know. Most people might be comfortable about this. It's a personal choice/non issue-or should be-if it be wasn't so available so readily with a couple of button pushing. I prefer to limit access just to my Roku account on my Chromebook which I am happen to be using right now. Most people are comfortable with everything pretty much out in the open. I rather limit even such abbreviated information to my formal Roku account. Not displayed on the device. No choice in the matter. I don't care for that at all. The Chromecast one major strength over Roku is the lack of needing to use any credit card directly on the device and don't readily display any addresses or other information-even shortened-on it.