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Does disabling right click have any impact on security?

On a banking website I see that they have disabled right-click. Does that make the site any more secure? Is it a good general practice?
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Can I scratch off the magnetic strip off a debit card to only allow chip and PIN?

I have been robbed in the past by thieves using my HSBC Debit Card (issued by UAE branch) to purchase mobile phones and accessories by signing for the purchases. While the card has chip & PIN ...
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Can users make use of a password manager when banks tell them never to write passwords down?

Consider a user who wants to use a password manager for their banking passwords. Advice from banks usually says they should never write down their password. The user would be concerned about going ...
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New payment option on Paypal “Enter your online banking ID + password”: Any mechanism that could make this safe?

Paypal has a new payment option called "Bank Account" which says: Enter your online banking ID + password QUESTION: To me it sounds unsafe (ie: sends my password to a third-party organization ...
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Password strength and banks 4 pin code?

Why is it that some security advisers recommend using an 8 character password with upper, lower, digits, and symbols while banks only use a 4 digit number pin for debit and 3 digit pin for credit ...
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How does HSBC's “Secure Key” actually work?

My bank has recently sent me a Digipass/Secure Key, which looks like a tiny calculator. You press the green button to turn it on, type a PIN to unlock it, then press the green button again to generate ...
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Could my bank's two-factor authentication be hacked?

When I attempt to log in to my bank, an SMS code is sent to my phone. I then type this nine-character code into the bank's Web site, to login to my account. Is this vulnerable to attack, without ...
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Why do some bank websites use passwords that are not case sensitive?

It was recently brought to my attention that a certain big bank website allows users to log in with passwords that are not case sensitive. After confirming this, I checked other websites I bank with ...
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My credit union is reducing its maximum password length to 10 characters

I just received an email from my credit union saying they are redesigning their online banking service and that I will need to change my password by October 22 to conform to the new limit of 10 ...
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How do RSA SecureID ® Keys Work?

I have been using RSA SecureID ® Keys for quite some time now (perhaps 10 years), for things such as securely my home banking account online or accessing my company's network of computers from home. ...
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What methods can be used to prevent mistyped usernames?

I wanted to log on to my account on my bank's website. The account is protected by a number of security checks. The first one is what really amounts to a username, a confidential one. It's an 8-digit ...
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My bank makes me enter my password using the mouse. What's up with that?

Internet banking login process for Westpac requires user to enter the password using the mouse. It's annoying, what's up with that? Is it just to try and stop keyloggers on public computers or is ...
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How is Chase Mobile Deposit Secure?

Chase has this app that allows you to snap a picture of a check with your phone and deposit that check into your account. How do they prevent: Someone from depositing a check that's not written to ...
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Banking application login leaks information

My question is regarding the online banking application of a large credit card organisation. The login process for this application works as follows: User visits the homepage of the bank. User ...
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How can my bank debit card reader know that my pin is valid?

Why do ATMs accept any PIN? states that the ATM does not know my pin and the pin is not on the card as well. My bank has this system: It works in 5 stages: I enter my debit card number on the ...
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Best Practices for Security Questions

When a website asks me to enter security questions in addition to a password what is best practice on my part? This often happens with banks and other institutions but I see it less with other ...
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Why does my bank bother asking basic personal questions to log in to online banking?

To log into my online banking, I have to answer a basic personal question such as "What is your mother's maiden name" or "What is your grandfather's middle name", as well as enter a one-time code from ...
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In the Netherlands, is there danger in my name and bank account number being public?

I know of the question Bank account number and account holder in check exposed? , but the answers to it are quite US-specific (checks and such) and I live in the Netherlands. Dutch banks are ...
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What to do about “approved” direct banking MITM sites like sofort.com?

Brussels Airlines allows several payment types, only two of which are free: Maestro and Sofort Banking: The second option was new to me, but direct debit is usually a free and practical way to pay: ...
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How safe/secure are banking applications on Android phones?

I have a mobile banking application installed on my phone which allows me to pay for things, transfer money using my phone from my account to another etc. How safe or unsafe is this application? For ...
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Offline brute-forcing of a bank card PIN

I may be neglecting a crucial fact here, but putting the following together leads me to believe it is dead-easy to determine a bank card's PIN using the most basic hardware available to everyone (I ...
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Signature instead of PIN, Visa card

Most of the credit cards require PIN to authorize transaction. Recently upon a transaction the merchant required my signature and not my PIN. I understand this is another sort of authorizing the ...
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Bank forces me to use six character alphanumeric password

My bank (it's Westpac, one of the big ones in Australia) has some strange restrictions on passwords. They're maximum 6 characters in length and it must contain only characters A-Z and digits 0-9, and ...
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Why do the banks all use weaker TLS suites? [closed]

I've been checking out various TLS certificates lately and noticed that most of the banks seem to have the following two issues: 1) They do not offer perfect forward secrecy 2) They are still using ...
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Should IBAN and bank details be considered private data and encrypted?

To pay off our users, they are asked to enter their IBAN and bank name and bank address. The users are mostly based in Europe. As far as I know (see also this question) these details can not be used ...
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Safe way to communicate IBAN connection

How do I securely communicate my bank connection details (IBAN + full name) to an otherwise trusted person with email being the only connection? Obviously I wouldn't use (plaintext) e-mail since any ...
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Online banking proof of transaction for vertification in court

So, when i do an online payment transaction i "sign" my transaction with my digipass using some sort of a MAC (HMAC) with a shared key and some information that is unique for this transaction. But ...
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What is stored on a banking card and how is it protected?

I wonder what is the content of a basic banking card having a chip, the kind you use for payment in any store, with a PIN, possible bank authorization, such as Mastercard or Visa or national banking ...
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Why do so many banks have relatively weak e-banking security? [closed]

I follow a few infosec-related Twitter personalities: Paul Moore, Taylor Swift, Troy Hunt are the main 3. Paul Moore is currently in the process of switching banks, frequently tweeting and retweeting ...
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Do card issuers give merchants new expiry dates for recurring payments? [on hold]

Recently I got an email from, let's say, “Company X” saying: some banks provide updated expiration dates for automatically renewing subscriptions I find it really hard to imagine that my bank ...
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What security factors should I take into consideration when selecting a bank?

I've gotten fed up with my bank and have made the decision to move all of my banking elsewhere. This is a rare occurrence for me and, I suspect, for other people as well. It represents an opportunity ...
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What are the security implications of the POLi Internet Payments technique?

POLi Payments is an Australian based online payment provider which has begun trading in New Zealand. They are supported as a payment option on some large eCommerce websites in New Zealand, including ...
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Does ISO 27000 certification increase the risk of being attacked?

I asked my client (a bank) why they don't certify themselves against ISO 27000 standards. The answer was that if they certified, it would increase the risk of being attacked. Does that make any ...
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Is accepting old passwords a bad policy?

This question is inspired by an experience I had today with online banking, as follows. One year ago I opened an online deposit account. (Without naming the bank, I will say the company is currently a ...
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Chrome status warning on a netbanking secure site connection [duplicate]

I visited my bank's web banking site and clicked on the Green Lock in the address bar of my Google Chrome browser out of curiosity. Under the "Connections" tab Chrome spits out this disturbing ...
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What can I do as a user to minimize the risk of online banking?

My bank uses a security system based on a card reader for online banking. The card is the same as used for ATMs and payment in shops. There are several known attacks on this system, for example as ...
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Securely storing bank account details in database

I am developing a service that will involve the direct debit of customers' accounts on a routine (weekly, monthly, etc.) basis, and so I'll need to store their information (BSB/routing number and ...
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How safe is Money Toolkit?

Money Toolkit is a smartphone app that can alert you to your balances and transactions across multiple accounts. I was reading their site and whether their practises are as secure as they claim to ...
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How can my bank issue a new credit card with the same pin number? [duplicate]

I live in France, and I have a debit card issued by my bank. When it expires, I receive a new one with the same pin number. I recently asked my banker to issue another card (a different one, for ...
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Why do websites ask for the last four digits of your social security number?

Quite a few websites, Coinbase and Stripe most notably, ask for the last four digits of your social security number to 'verify your identity'. Assuming these websites are not trying to fraud you, how ...
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How secure is online banking with smart card? How could it be hacked?

I have read this question and answer but still uncertain how it actually works and how a user could then be hacked. I'm asking because my brother supposedly was hacked and his bank uses exactly this ...
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Does my brokerage/bank use poor password security measures?

I'm no expert. Could someone please tell me if I'm overreacting? After the Heartbleed news broke, I changed a lot of passwords. Here's what I discovered when changing the password on my all-in-one ...
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Why do banking websites always log you out after inactivity?

It seems that every single banking & financial website that I have used logs me out after a certain period of time. Are there a legal requirements or technical reasons for financial sites to do ...
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Why do banks still hack-up autocomplete=off functionality?

With Bug #1025703 in the latest Firefox 38, Mozilla has finally decided to stand up for its users instead of catering to the banks that don't want the passwords remembered. However, I've noticed ...
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Home banking site request, it possible for a small web agency?

I'm working in a web agency, i have a request to made an home banking system for a little bank. I'm searching in internet for some information about security and a good pattern to start, but naturally ...
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What protections are put in place to prevent ACH scams?

ACH (Automated Clearing House) is an electronic network for financial transactions in the United States. ACH is used by financial institutions to handle direct deposits, checks, bill payments ...
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How do banks determine when to ask for two factor authentication?

I was playing around with trying to figure out how my bank knows when to give me a two factor authentication prompt. I had originally thought it was based on my cookies and maybe my IP address. But ...
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Good resources on ACH/banking details security?

In our web application, we allow customers to enter their bank account information as a method of payment (account number, routing number, bank name). This information goes nowhere at all; it's up to ...
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ASP.NET WCF security, javascript and handling sensitive information

I've come upon what I would call some "nasty" javascript coding (I come from a KnockoutJS / Angular / Web API 'world') in which WCF services are exposed to javascript by production URL's, i.e. ...
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Can a victim of identity theft safely open a bank account? [closed]

A friend of mine had his identity stolen (at least including social security number and birthday), and apparently someone used the info to remove money from his current bank account with Citizens ...