[Gllug] natwest fantasticness

Holger Duerer hduerer at gmx.net
Wed Apr 7 13:06:58 UTC 2004

>>>>> "Bruce" == Bruce Richardson <itsbruce at uklinux.net> writes:

    Bruce> On Mon, Apr 05, 2004 at 10:14:10PM +0100, Peter wrote:
    >> Its like this new Chip and Pin. If thats more secure than a
    >> personal thing like a signiture then I'm not a computer
    >> programmer. In this age where we think seriously of using a 128
    >> bit encription the creditcard company go and use a 10bit key!
    >> Rather than a much large key that they were using before ie
    >> somones signiture.

    Bruce> Really?  How often does anybody check your signature?  One
    Bruce> time in 50 if you're lucky.

Well the signature at the back of my main card has worn off over the
months and is now basically invisible.  I would say that in about 20%
of all transactions (more than half if you don't count Sainsbury's)
the cashier asks for another card with my name that *does* have a

That doesn't say that they actually compare it, but at least they *do*
check for a signature.


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