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Why Swiss banks are no longer so private

Further to the previous two entries about Swiss Banking (the settlements of the Knights Templar and the Protestant Reforms), we move into the 16th century with Switzerland proving an attractive ground for migration of the Protestants persecuted overseas. As mentioned, this period created the strong movement towards neutrality from any …

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The worst passwords ever …

WorstPasswords-2013

“Password” is no longer the worst password with “123456,” the traditional runner up, taking the top spot, according to SplashData, provider of password management systems. The 2013 list was influenced by the large number of passwords from Adobe users posted online by security consulting firm Stricture Consulting Group following Adobe’s …

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The worst passwords ever …

WorstPasswords-2013

“Password” is no longer the worst password with “123456,” the traditional runner up, taking the top spot, according to SplashData, provider of password management systems. The 2013 list was influenced by the large number of passwords from Adobe users posted online by security consulting firm Stricture Consulting Group following Adobe’s …

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Mobile is the authentication tool

The more I think about mobile as an authentication tool, the more attractive it becomes. First you can geolocate customers using mobile.  XYVerify does this using telco masts, rather than mobile devices, as it can then use an independent verification mechanism to determine whether you really have you phone with …

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Little donkey … oh no, it’s a money mule!

Mule

I just went to a really interesting meeting where the head of fraud for one of the major banks presented their approach to money mules. Pic from eCybercrime A money mule is a bit like a drugs mule, someone who is carrying out illicit activities on behalf of others. His …

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Little donkey … oh no, it’s a money mule!

Mule

I just went to a really interesting meeting where the head of fraud for one of the major banks presented their approach to money mules. Pic from eCybercrime A money mule is a bit like a drugs mule, someone who is carrying out illicit activities on behalf of others. His …

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Denmark’s major innovation? Digital identities!

I'm just on my way back from a banking conference in Copenhagen, and it surprised me. It surprised me because, as I said to the audience, the Nordic and especially Danish banks had always led innovations in Europe and yet I hadn't spotted a single major innovation in recent years.

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Denmark’s major innovation? Digital identities!

I'm just on my way back from a banking conference in Copenhagen, and it surprised me. It surprised me because, as I said to the audience, the Nordic and especially Danish banks had always led innovations in Europe and yet I hadn't spotted a single major innovation in recent years.

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The easiest ways to steal your money

There are many ways to defraud people. You only have to watch programs like Hustle and The Real Hustle to realise how simple it is. These scams all play on human greed, fear and emotion, and use social engineering to con folks out of their cash. A good example is this …

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