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Let's make all logins use an OTP

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This conversation did not happen but it's easy to see how it might have done... An On Line shopping service brings in an IT Security Consultant.

Company: I can't even read SMS easily, then I have to manually key it into my desktop keyboard. It's all very inconvenient. And the range of places my phone could be are infinite: it may be in any of the rooms in the flat, in the car, in last night's hotel room, on someone else's bedside table or left in a bar, on an aeroplane or dropped in a toilet in a random bathroom. Moreover, if we are sending through a bulk SMS service that spammers use, people like me have blocked those incoming numbers so messages won't get through anyway.

ITSC: I'm going to write my recommendation to the Board and it will say we should use OTP on each log in regardless of the device used to log in. I note your objections but they don't affect my advice.

Company: Right. You do know that the dog's just an excuse, don't you, and that you are such a prick that she'd leave you anyway? Now, let's get onto the question of how we identify and cross-refer payments made into our bank by bank transfer. I understand you've got some way of dealing with that which leaves the customer to do all the work, where we don't cross reference money that comes into our account with orders placed and if a customer cancels an order, you think we should hold onto their money and tell them it's in a wallet that they can take the money out of when they want to instead of just doing the decent thing and sending it back where it came from. Also, when they send a screenshot of the payment, our graphics filters will make otherwise clear images unreadable. Genius. Let's find out what your reasons for all of this are.

ITSC: We'll have to have meeting about that on another day. I've got something to do now.

[That meeting never took place: the ITSC made his recommendations as to the making of payments by bank transfer and they were accepted]


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