A person Z used a shared computer to access their net banking account. Their password is a combination of their name and date of birth. Instead of logging off they closed the browser window. What all is wrong with this scenario?
A. Using shared computer for banking
B. Weak Password
C. Not logging out
It is not advised to use a shared computer for sensitive things such as online banking, specially in public settings such as cyber cafes, hotels etc.
Z had used their name and date of birth as their password. This is a very easy combination to guess and can be cracked easily. While most banks have some checks to prevent the usage of such information in password, it is advised to not use them as passwords at all.
Z closed the browser window instead of logging out. If someone else uses the computer shortly (within 5-10 mins) after closing the window, they maybe able to access Z’s account. Logging out ensures that session is closed and no one else can use it. Again, many banks have checks in place to prevent such situations even if you close the window directly but it may not be the case with every bank. So prevention is better than cure.