January 29th, 2013 1 Comment » | POSTED BY ROB

Coronation Street’s Lesson In Online Banking Security

According to the UK Payment Council, a forthcoming storyline in Coronation Street, featuring long-haired Lothario Lewis Archer (played by Nigel Havers) and Gail Platt (played by E.T.), could easily be avoided if Gail was to employ some simple online banking security measures.

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In the soap, conman Lewis secretly prints off Gail’s bank details from her computer, before blackmailing her daughter-in-law, Kylie, into revealing her mum’s login details and password. Lewis then uses this information to withdraw £40,000 from Gail’s account.

Apparently, 1 in 3 of us share our online banking details with others, whilst 3 in 4 of us use the same password for more than one online account.

In the case of Corrie, it would have been pretty simple for Gail to avoid Lewis getting his slimy hands on her money; keep her details to herself, and if you have to write down the details, store it in a way that no-one else could work out.

The Payment Council also had the following tips for keeping your online bank accounts secure:

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1 Comment on “Coronation Street’s Lesson In Online Banking Security”

NorthenLoans.ca, March 11th, 2013

Personally I find online banking to be largely risk free. In a text file I keep the url to the bank sign on page which I copy into the address bar. I do not use favourites or browser history to call the bank page up in my browser. Anybody who launches a browser from a mail message to go to a bank site is taking a very large risk.

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