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Internet banking and RISC OS

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Aug 2003, 13:51:49 | Permalink | Printable

Who's the biggest banker of the lot?

Money on RISC OS motifAre you hoping to do some online banking but not sure if your RISC OS web browser will cope? While we were thinking of compiling a list of bank websites that work with the likes of Oregano, Fresco and WebsterXL, Paul Vigay was one step ahead of us. Paul's created a handy straightforward table that lists popular online banking websites alongside a checklist of browsers that work with them.

Out of the eighteen listed sites, fourteen are known to work with at least one RISC OS web browser, which is better than what we had expected. Unfortunately for this editor, Natwest refuses to work with any RISC OS browser which is just typical. Barclays is described as "the best so far", allowing Fresco and Oregano 1.10 users to check balances and so on.

Paul is also eager for users to get in touch and offer feedback and updates or corrections.


Internet banking and RISC OS

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Have added upto date details for for egg. Which works with all the browser without any need to fake.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 24/8/03 3:52PM
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Hmm - Paul seems to think that you need "faking" to get LloydsTSB's online banking to work. I've never found this. I've accessed by back account, and had all features (except second confirmations which are done via JavaScript, but if you don't have JavaScript, it is still accessable and 100% usable) in Oregano 1, Fresco, and more recently in Lynx, Links, w3m, and Mozilla Firebird. When I spoke to the guys who did the Lloyds site, they said their aim was to work with pretty much anything that did SSL, but perhaps not have some of the user interface elements - functionally, it'd be fine. (It's even just about readable without tables...)

Having just this moment checked, it still works, too.

On a slightly unrelated note (the page links to this page), is [link] meant to be a joke?

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 24/8/03 5:57PM
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Natwest refuses to work with anything than Netscape 4.xx and MSIE4 or higher. So Mozilla, Opera and even newer versions of Netscape do not work. And they told me quite clearly on the phone, that they have no intention on changing that. Because of this attitude they are now loosing one of my customers. He and his millions are moving to LloydsTSB, and Natwest still don't care, and he is extremely rich. IMHO they deserve to go under.

-- Julian G. F. Zimmerle

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 24/8/03 11:47PM
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It is LloydsTSB's publicly stated policy that their Internet Banking Website is designed to work with as many browsers as possible and be as accessible as possible. Although they only provide technical support for MISE/Netscape.

From their Help pages:

"It is our policy to adhere to standards and to allow a range of browsers to access our Internet banking site, as long as they support 128 bit encryption and session cookies. We cannot however test against all combinations of browsers and operating systems and so we officially support the following: Internet Explorer 4.0 and above & Netscape Navagator 4.06 and above, on both Mac & pc."

 is a RISC OS UserPhlip on 25/8/03 7:19AM
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JGZimmerle - agree about Natwest (especially historically when they were ActiveX based!!!) however they have improved things a bit in the last 8 months. We did some work on WebsterXL a couple of months back, and WXL now allows access to Natwest. However, the proviso is that you can only do the "basics", because the only navigation system is the completely-stupidly-implemented menu system on the left

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 25/8/03 10:22AM
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Further comment about Natwest - the thing they really don't "get" is security. With all the customer numbers, PIN numbers, passwords etc they have turned it into a farce. OK, this is one of my pet peeves, but the more stupid security stuff you add, the more likely people are to have to write things down, thus nullifying the whole process!!!

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 25/8/03 10:29AM
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Fresco I've found terrible for this kind of thing. WXL will do Barclays but I can't get it to do Barclaycard. -- God Save the Queen

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/8/03 10:37AM
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