The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 February 2008

Phaux phish

So I opened up an email which claimed to be from my bank, telling me I need to change my user ID, and after going through it with the proverbial fine-toothed comb, I determined that it actually was from my bank, telling me I need to change my user ID. I duly logged on through the regular channel, rather than using any links in the mail itself, and sure enough, they want a more-complex logon to suit their New and Improved Security Measures. Sixteen characters apparently qualified as "not enough." I cut it back to twelve and threw in some heavy shift-key action; they didn't complain, so I assume this was adequate.

Shakespeare, of course, anticipated identity theft:

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands:
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.

Well, okay, he might be enriched a little bit, but not as much as he'd like.

Posted at 9:29 PM to Common Cents