Reply to post: Re: Where are the First Direct results??

El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

Norman Nescio Silver badge

Re: Where are the First Direct results??

> I don't have a First Direct account, but I can see they they load scripts from googleadservices.com and maxymiser.net on the login page. Not ideal.

Shouldn't banking sites (and indeed, any page that allows financial transactions) have zero minimal* links to third parties? I would expect all the page to be delivered over https; and the certificate for the page and all linked pages to be owned by the bank/financial institution. Anything less than that looks rather dodgy to me. How does the bank/financial institution know that the third party is not serving up malware, and who is liable if it does?

uMatrix helps a lot in that regard.

*I say minimal, as the frame that takes you off to Visa or Mastercard to authenticate your credit card transactions links to their infrastructure, not the retailers.

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