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    Secure Key

    If you bank on your desktop PC like me, rather than a smartphone, from September you will have to use a pin sentry gadget for every transaction. This is such a faff! Mine requires my pin to switch it on, then enter the code in the pc to log in. Then if I want to pay a new payee, I have to enter my pin again, and get a 6 digit code to enter when I enter the other details.

    WTF!

    Anyone found a way round this? I can't believe how long winded it is.

    #2
    Doesnt that depend on who you bank with? I think I may have to enter a texted code.

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      #3
      Originally posted by buzzard1994 View Post
      Doesnt that depend on who you bank with? I think I may have to enter a texted code.
      I think you may find things change in September.

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        #4
        I quite like the PIN sentry system but then I don't pay out very often. Logging in for me is just enter PIN once, easier than trying to remember passwords!

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          #5
          At least one bank hasn't issued these, and, I think intends to use SMS codes.

          This is about two factor authentication. The PIN devices require a (password and) PIN (factor one) and physical possession of the card (factor 2).

          There are actually two types of device. Most banks use one that is basically just a terminal to access the card, but one, I think, uses a device that generates a time dependent sequence of codes.

          For the SMS ones, it is the physical possession of the phone SIM that is the second factor.

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            #6
            I have an iPhone and my bank app uses the fingerprint sensor for access and generating codes.
            Which is easier than using a pin number each time.

            2 factor verification using a sim is a really stupid idea, but it's the best anyone's come up with.
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              In respect of my Spanish bank account:

              To get into it I have to enter my username (which I can ask the bank to change at any time) and a password which I can also change.

              To make a payment I have a unique card with a grid. If I want to make a payment I have to read off a three digit number from a cell in the grid and enter it. I also have to enter a separate code which the bank sends to me by text. I am happy to do all that it if stops someone raiding my bank account.

              Also, if I make a significant purchase by card the bank sends me a text informing me of the transaction.

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                #8
                These sorts of banking dongles are pretty secure - so what's not to like? They are far more secure than mechanisms operating via phones for 2FA (Sim swaps scams etc can lead to massive vulnerability).

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                  #9
                  It's a problem for some who wear glasses. I have to take mine off to read the secure key, and put them back on again to enter the numbers on my computer.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                    It's a problem for some who wear glasses. I have to take mine off to read the secure key, and put them back on again to enter the numbers on my computer.
                    Yes I agree that's an issue with some banking dongle things. But the specific design is a different issue -- my HSBC ones are rather fiddly (but can be easily carried around).

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                      #11
                      The HSBC secure key gives a whole new meaning to the word fiddly.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
                        The HSBC secure key gives a whole new meaning to the word fiddly.
                        That's the thing I've got, and why I'm annoyed.

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                          #13
                          I use the HSBC app on my phone in place of the HSBC supplied "thingy".
                          It uses the fingerprint recognition for my phone in place of a password, so it's much quicker.
                          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                            #14
                            The fingerprint recoginition in my phone is not entirely satisfactory, so I do not use it.

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                              #15
                              When I was working, I had to have a pin code protected phone, so I got used to entering a PIN all the time.
                              The fingerprint recognition works better than entering digits quickly, but it it's OK, rather than good.
                              When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                              Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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