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# 29481 8-Jan-2009 17:09
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Stuff: Mr Godman said he took them at their word and completed his online application using his credit card.

"I will be taking them to task should I notice any unlawful use of my credit card."


No padlock at the bottom of the screen = insecure, not matter what the website says.  Mr Godman should've seen that there was no padlock and not submitted his credit card details.


I have a secure, unhackable website for entering credit card details - I should send it to him...

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  # 188257 8-Jan-2009 17:40
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lol, I know exactly what you mean, hmm a bit OT but I like the LTNZ website :)

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  # 188258 8-Jan-2009 17:43
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From a security perspective it's not great. In reality though the risk of that data being intercepted is very minimal.

Where is your data going to be captured over a non SSL connection? An ISP who decided to capture every packet and look for credit card numbers?

The reality is the greatest risk of fraud comes from having a keylogger trojan on your PC which throws SSL security out the door. Even if accessing a secure site somebody can scan through the logs and know that when they come across a 16 digit number that will typically have a name and expiry date close by that they're stumbled onto your credit card details. That's dead easy.

Given the choice of giving my credit card details over a non SSL connection on a guaranteed spyware free machine or giving them on a spyware infested machine with SSL I'd take the non spyware option any day.


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  # 188260 8-Jan-2009 17:49
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How about a lax administrator password on the box hosting that website? Instead of just capturing one person's credit card details, you could download the whole database.

BUT the site has SSL so all is safe in the world, since SSL also secures the database your card details are stored in.

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