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Click Online's regular feedback slot allows you to have your say on issues mentioned in the programme and other technology matters.

We start with reactions to Richard Taylor's report from Tokyo, on how the Japanese are replacing their wallets with their mobile phones.

The concept of using your mobile phone to pay for things seemed attractive to some of you, but for many others it sounded alarm bells on the subject of security.

Here are some excerpts from some of your emails:

"What would stop somebody with a similar system scanning the details on your mobile whilst you are, say, in the tube train, and stealing your money?"
Andrew Rice

"Apart from the obvious risk of the phone being stolen, how can the wallet chip in the phone be secured against unauthorised transactions? There appeared to be no use of pin codes, for example. What would stop unscrupulous operators installing powerful chip-interrogators in a doorway, say, and stripping money off the mobile phone wallets of people simply walking through?"
David Currer, Berkshire, UK

"What happens if your phone is stolen from a charging station whilst you're charging it with money? Perhaps a PIN system in combination would add the security I'd look for."
Jon Harris, Plymouth

"The first thing that struck me was surely this would make mobile phone theft even more lucrative and therefore more dangerous to the mobile user."

We put the question of security to Daniel Scuka, of Wireless Watch Japan, who told us that there were security measures in place:

"There is no doubt there is a risk to have your cash value, your ID, other personal information stored on a chip on a phone. If you lose it it's a problem, no doubt about that.

"On the other hand there are certain features that the carriers build into the phones here. If you do lose your phone there's a special number you can call and lock out your phone remotely so that no-one can use it, and certainly no-one can get the value off the chip."

Now, we turn to your thoughts on our recent India special, in particular the attempts to bring technology to Indian villages.

Nishant Rayan, from Chennai, India, contacted us to say:

"Modifying computers and making them compatible for robust use by less literate people should only be a second phase of a rural computer programme. There is a strong stigma attached to the use of computers in India. Older People are convinced that computers are just a part of the entertainment arena and must never be given the status of educational tool. This is the barrier for most of the children in India as they are not allowed access to computers."

Nishant, thanks for your opinion. Is it generally true? How are computers, and technology in general, viewed by different generations? E-mail us your thoughts.

And finally, an unusual tech solution for an unusual tech problem. We recently featured an e-mail from a viewer who had a unusual problem - not bugs or worms invading his computer, but a lizard. We asked you if you could help solve it, and, true to form, you have.

Lourde Tindog jr, from Manila, Philippines, said:

"You asked the question of how to prevent a reptile from getting into a computer - well, I've been using my mother's old stockings on the power supply, it lets the air flow freely and it also keep the dust - and animals - away!"

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