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:: Friday, July 07, 2006 ::

A couple of days ago I had called up Standard Chartered bank to get my credit card statement details. After giving me the details, the customer service operator gently reminded me that I have subscribed to an internet account, and can get all these details by logging in.

In fact, I had subscribed to an internet account long ago, and was frustrated to see that it allows the passwords to be only numbers and no alphabets or special characters - a serious security issue. So I had stopped using it altogether, and eventually forgot the password too.

This time when the operator reminded me of it, I asked her to de-activate it. I am not sure about the kind of policies that the genius managers at StanChart make, I got a surprising answer that an activated internet account can't be de-activated! I smiled and said 'thank you', and we ended the conversation.

I then switched on the computer, logged into StanChart's website and tried to login to my account with some random numbers for password. Some 3-4 attempts, and bingo, I got the message saying that my internet account is disabled, as the maximum allowed retries exceeded!!!

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