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TeeJay (2309)

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Wednesday August 13, 2003
01:16 PM

How not to do online banking

[ #14096 ]
Sometimes I am still surprised at the utter idoicy and cluelessness that abounds in the internet industry. Todays shock was the Royal Bank of Scotland 'online business banking'.

I visited the site while running Mozilla on Linux (because I like to get my work done, rather than lost, or interrupted by reboots/crashes or emailed to all and sundry by outlook virus) - the website ( - no www subhost because that would be too hard, lamers) declared that I needed internet explorer 4 or above on windows. Of course it couldn't detect which browser I was using (idots) but guessed (by the lack of vbscript) that it wasn't inept exploder. The FAQ claims that netscape doesn't provide the security technology it needs - which would be what? vbscript exploits?

This website has to install a dozen custom components in your browser and then reboot. Once you have spent 20 minutes fucking about, you then spend anoher ten tediously registering including entering a 35 character security code.

When we used the site - it doesn't actually provide anything that couldn't be done quicker and easier through a normal website using normal ssl technology. Did I say these people were idiots?