HSBC Doesn’t Like Camino!


So I was sitting at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in KLCC enjoying an Americano and waiting for the credit card I punched in to work and give me WiFi access.

One small snag: neither HSBC Internet Banking or HSBC "Verified By VISA" work in Camino!

HSBC Camino Error

From what I can tell it isn't actually a fault in the browser, it's the bank selectively supporting only a few browsers and kicking out the others. For security reasons this may be a good thing: by supporting less browsers they can focus more on the security on those browsers. Still, according to Wikipedia they're net worth is in the trillions of dollars, so you would think they could afford to do a bit more cross compatibility work!

There are two ways around this problem. The most obvious way is to just use a different browser; the only one that I have got to work on a Mac is the OS X version of Mozilla Firefox.

The alternative for the more adventurous is to spoof your User Agent by using something like CamiTools to Firefox. Whether they're are any security implications with doing this I'm not sure; given both browsers use the same rendering engine and the only difference between the two is the way the browser is physically drawn in the OS, I would think it would be okay, but then again… damn it why can't they just support it officially? Grrrr.

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