Westpac Bank internet security


Icon from the Tango Desktop project I’ve trained my old man well with regards to computer security, or at least brainwashed him sufficiently to not take claims of security at face value! From his new blog where he reviews Westpac:

Security is another concern — Westpac don’t use an external number generating dongle and only allow a simple low level 6 digit pin for on-line banking and 4 digit ATM pin — don’t know if that’s common but certainly doesn’t seem good especially for banking.

No kidding. In 2011 banks don't have an excuse for not providing a third factor authentication system, and enforcing low entropy passwords. He'll be contacting them later this week, I'll be interested to hear what they say.

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