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Online Banking Customers Migrating To Lynx

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the browsers-with-character dept.

Security 220

Jibbler writes "Following the recent Pwn2Own competition, in which Firefox, IE8 and Safari all fell quickly to exploits, Netcraft has observed a surge in popularity of the text-based Lynx browser. Netcraft points out that Lynx supports the latest cryptographic ciphers, and at least one online banking site has seen Lynx usage overtake that of Internet Explorer and Firefox. To boost Lynx's excellent security history, Netcraft has even developed a version of its anti-phishing toolbar for Lynx."

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-5 troll (-1, Troll)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418427)

The power of Jesus compels you! The power of Jesus compels you! The power of Jesus compels you!

Pretty please?

Re:-5 troll (2, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418689)

Not flamebait, you retarded sea cow, TROLL.

Sheesh, what the hell is wrong with you!?!? :p

(Let's do it, +5 flamebait!)

Re:-5 troll (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27418747)

Hey, *I* am a retarded sea cow, you insensitive clod!

Re:-5 troll (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27418797)

And I *am* an insensitive clod! You retarded sea cow!

Re:-5 troll (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419181)

Mom?

Re:-5 troll (0, Offtopic)

Xaedalus (1192463) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419269)

This entire thread is simply freakin' brilliant! Mod ALL these guys up!

Re:-5 troll (1)

Frac O Mac (1138427) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418917)

Is it possible, a post worse than this article?

Is this it? (4, Funny)

Shadin (1521367) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418433)

Which one is THE April Fools story?

Re:Is this it? (5, Funny)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418569)

The one saying "2009 will be Year of the Linux Desktop."

who is teh more e-vile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419469)

Khan, or Ming-g-g-g, teh merciless?

I votes Ming, way cool 'stache and no phony plastic chest muscles

Re:Is this it? (1)

Nitage (1010087) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418741)

Maybe they all are

Re:Is this it? (1)

Mathiasdm (803983) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418809)

This one is obviously real. Bow to the superiority of CLI browsers!
Oh, time to go. Ctrl+A D

"CLUI" (4, Funny)

Olaf Underbridge (717091) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419319)

It's "CLUI" for Command-Line User Interface.
"CUI" is "Curses User Interface", fsckface.

Re:Is this it? (5, Funny)

glavenoid (636808) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418819)

You have to unlock it by getting the RTFA achievement first

Re:Is this it? (5, Informative)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419189)

Psh...that achievement is just a myth. No one has ever actually achieved it.

Re:Is this it? (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419481)

I thought I did, but I didn't :(
If this is THE proper article I have the achievement now :)

  also face with curly hair: @:|

Re:Is this it? (1)

Lyrael (1196443) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419219)

You must be new here, that one's an old wive's tale.

Re:Is this it? (3, Insightful)

The Elven Archer (1521181) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418897)

Maybe *ALL* the world is a great April Fools Story... ...I hope...

Re:Is this it? (1)

SebaSOFT (859957) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419061)

Here is the story:
One guy comes to a radio with a script for a radio novel. The novel is about aliens invading Eart, and it's written as if a radio news show is telling the aliens are invading. The radio airs the show and people suicide in mass because they think that's true.

Good one Mr. Wells!

Re:Is this it? (3, Informative)

Ghost Hedgehog (814914) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419101)

I'll doubt it is this one. Lynx is a pretty safe browser you know.

Frist prost (4, Funny)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418437)

And I've actually used Lynx on eComstation! OS/2 is the true 3l33t h4x0r OS!

Mod me up!

Re:Frist prost (4, Funny)

Richard Steiner (1585) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419033)

Which version? There are multiple Lynx ports to OS/2, ya know. :-)

I prefer Links under Warp 4 myself, especially the 2.xx port with the -g option.

w00t!

Oh dear... (0, Redundant)

tulcod (1056476) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418441)

Yet another april fool? If that is the case, this one, like most others, is terrible.

Re:Oh dear... (4, Informative)

0racle (667029) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418697)

At least the screenshot of the toolbar is worth a chuckle.

Re:Oh dear... (1)

Workaphobia (931620) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419099)

It's still a refreshing way to realize today's date. This was the first headline I saw and it succeeded in giving me a WTF moment.

Re:Oh dear... (1)

holmedog (1130941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419401)

I agree.

First Post (4, Funny)

JohnHegarty (453016) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418455)

First Post (Right Arrow)

Use the firehose (-1, Troll)

77Punker (673758) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418457)

Does anyone think this is funny? We get this shit every year on April 1. Let's use the firehose and vote these articles off the front page.

Re:Use the firehose (2, Funny)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418545)

Actually, I don't think they did it last year.

And by the way, it actually is funny. Dilute the loc-tite gripping your butthole shut and enjoy yourself WITHOUT the use of alcohol for once!

Re:Use the firehose (1)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418875)

Yeah! I thought it was pretty damn funny too. I think it's kind of cool being 'blase' here in /.

Re:Use the firehose (0)

Tim C (15259) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418939)

It's not funny, and it's not a good April Fool; they're supposed to be at least part-way believable. If no-one falls for it, where is the fooling?

Re:Use the firehose (1)

zoobaby (583075) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418563)

Lighten up Francis....it's just one day a year that we get crap like this. Enjoy the creativity until the Evil Bit comes for you!

Why not? Ascii is everything. (5, Funny)

SpzToid (869795) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418475)

Take that you GUI loving pansies!

What? poniez too?

Freakin' awesome. Must be my lucky day.

Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (5, Funny)

ControversialMatt (1070718) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418685)

Pfth. You command line wussies are gonna be the next to be hit while those of us who read the packets straight from the CAT-5 laugh at your insecure browsers.

Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (1)

ReverendLoki (663861) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419323)

But, all those clock cycles we save but not putting the page through all that pointless bell-and-whistle rendering can be dedicated to making sure that all network traffic is encrypted with the most unpenetrable methods available, right?

On a (only) slightly more serious note, I have wished that more sites had better support for Lynx, just 'cause it would render faster and more reliably on a mobile Lynx browser on my phone.

Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (5, Funny)

notarockstar1979 (1521239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418721)

How the hell are you supposed to see the ponies if you don't have a graphical browser? ASCII art? There aren't any ASCII ponies, and if I have my way there never will be. DOWN WITH ASCII PONIES!!!

Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (5, Informative)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418851)

How the hell are you supposed to see the ponies if you don't have a graphical browser? ASCII art? There aren't any ASCII ponies, and if I have my way there never will be.

DOWN WITH ASCII PONIES!!!

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/7373/farm.htm#horse [geocities.com]

Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (2, Funny)

notarockstar1979 (1521239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419295)

That's it. I don't want to be your friend anymore.

Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (1)

SpzToid (869795) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418881)

Ascii flash?

as in ascii-flash-poniez?

Or, as Homer says, "Ummmmm, ascii-flash-poniez!

Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (4, Insightful)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418757)

This totally explains what happened to computer displays in futuristic sci-fi movies like Alien...

Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (1)

Mexican (323519) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419149)

CLI rules. Youtube loads so much faster on lynx.

Excellent move (5, Funny)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418487)

Now they just need to replace their backup systems with paper tape and punch cards for security reasons. After all, it's so much harder to steal a few cubic miles of solidified wood pulp than a cargo container [slashdot.org] .

      --- Mr. DOS

Re:Excellent move (2, Funny)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419139)

Your username fits your description perfectly.

OMG, try look at Slashdot in Lynx!! (3, Funny)

neo (4625) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418489)

That's really funny guys.

Re:OMG, try look at Slashdot in Lynx!! (1)

AkumaKuruma (879423) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418933)

I actually do look at slashdot with lynx sometimes. especially when im bogging my computer down with needless compiling.

Re:OMG, try look at Slashdot in Lynx!! (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419329)

Works pretty well for me, actually, same for ELinks.

No AJAXy stuff, of course, but the rest works OK.

Such an amazing time of year! (5, Funny)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418517)

I am always amazed by the amount of wonderful news items, each of which seem to stretch credulity, that appear every year around this time. I wonder if researchers have ever looked into a cause for this...

Not sure, but in other news... (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419059)

Microsoft bought Google today. Bill Gates was quoted as saying, "yo face son!" while manipulating his hands into what appeared be an "M". No comment yet from Google regarding this hostile takeover.

Re:Not sure, but in other news... (1)

SalaSSin (1414849) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419191)

I for one welcome our new overlord... oh wait, our current overlord to have overthrown our other current overlord... or something...

Re:Such an amazing time of year! (1)

SalaSSin (1414849) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419157)

I dunno, some of the stories ttoday seem more credible than others the rest of the year...

As Always.... (0, Offtopic)

Khaloroma (1381853) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418531)

Yet another failed troll, today's stories are far from humorous.

Why not make a story about the churches of Scientology and Pastafarianism merging? That would be much more interesting.

Re:As Always.... (0, Redundant)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418891)

Why not make a story about the churches of Scientology and Pastafarianism merging? That would be much more interesting.

They are merging. Haven't you heard?

So its going to be like this all day huh? (1)

mrdoogee (1179081) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418535)

Fun.

Re:So its going to be like this all day huh? (1)

HappyHead (11389) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418579)

No, usually it's only supposed to be like this until noon.

Oh, and for the record, I use lynx all the time at work.

This'll never work. (4, Funny)

quixote9 (999874) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418551)

For a text-based browser, you have to know how to read, for God's sake.

Re:This'll never work. (5, Funny)

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418907)

Lynx turns every website into a MUD.

Location: www.bank.com

You see a long line of roped off people leading to several tellers behind a glass partition. A security guard stands, seemingly day dreaming, off to one side. You sense that he would fail to stop any robbery attempt.

What would you like to do? [MOVE, LOOK, TOUCH, SMELL, ATTACK, WITHDRAW, DEPOSIT, MORE...]

Re:This'll never work. (1)

geoffball (1195685) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419179)

I prefer to wget a page and render the html and execute the javascript in my mind.

My ASCII Art Collection is back in vogue (5, Funny)

belloc1 (1118477) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418575)

.--. |V|
          / \ _| /
          q .. p \ /
            \--/ //
jgs __||__// /. _/ // \ / // ||
    \\ / \
      )\| |
    / || || |
    |/\| || |
          | || |
          \ || /
      __/ || \__
    \____/\____/

I have long awaited the return of fixed width fonts.

Re:My ASCII Art Collection is back in vogue (2, Informative)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418673)

Sorry, that looks like shit in Lynx. Try again?

Re:My ASCII Art Collection is back in vogue (5, Funny)

Nushio (951488) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418999)

It looks like shit in any browser :P

Re:My ASCII Art Collection is back in vogue (4, Insightful)

uncledrax (112438) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418677)

By the look of it, you'll still be waiting..

Might I recommend using the code post type in the future? :]

Re:My ASCII Art Collection is back in vogue (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419275)

It still doesn't handle spacing right.

If only... (4, Insightful)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418611)

You laugh, but I tried to access my accounts using elinks. Alas, the asshats who code for my bank can barely code a site that works with Opera.

Re:If only... (2, Interesting)

feldhaus (813019) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419087)

I was pleasantly surprised a few years ago when I noticed that HSBC [hsbc.co.uk] support Links for their online banking service (at least in the UK). A quick check confirms they still do.

I wish I could say the same for NatWest [natwest.co.uk] and I don't know about other UK banks.

There is a lot to be said for a text-only, script-immune interface. And whilst nobody could say that Links is impervious to attack, it's obviously not going to be on the radar of most cross-site/browser-exploiting evil doers.

Re:If only... (1)

attonitus (533238) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419127)

I can access my accounts at egg.com using lynx

Kudos to egg.

Re:If only... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419533)

I use charva for my java apps.

The biggest problem with Lynx... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27418619)

...is getting past the captcha.

Re:The biggest problem with Lynx... (2, Funny)

Fallingcow (213461) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418801)

It'll be ASCII art.

The Web on April 1st (4, Insightful)

castorvx (1424163) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418621)

Makes me want to delete my web browser.

seriously...? (-1, Troll)

pl1ght (836951) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418641)

Slashdot is run by such uber nerds that they actually thought this would be funny? Slashdot April Fools is always full of fail. :(

In related news: (1)

Millennium (2451) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418653)

Netcraft also confirmed today that Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, AmigaOS, vi, emacs, and that super-secret OS no one's ever heard of outside the NSA are all dying.

Re:In related news: (1)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418745)

Are you kidding?!

2009 is the year of the Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, AmigaOS, vi, emacs, and that super-secret OS no one's ever heard of outside the NSA Desktop!

Not funny when it's obvious AND predictable (4, Insightful)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418719)

If you want to make a good, truly funny April's Fool joke, you should have a very minimum of talent/inspiration, which the Slashdot editors don't.

You will notice that on Slashdot, on the 1st of April, there isn't one hidden joke-story submission, but that they are all or almost all such. This makes ALL of them un-funny. There's not "ha, you got me!" or "OK, that was actually a creative one." - there's nothing. It only really makes Slashdot look utterly, pitifully pathetic.

Re:Not funny when it's obvious AND predictable (5, Funny)

auld_wyrm (634053) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418799)

It only really makes Slashdot look utterly, pitifully pathetic.

You must be new here.

Here we take the shotgun approach (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419151)

But this one is one of the more believable ones over the past few years. The instant I realized that it was a hoax, I was saddened, because it actually would be be a decent idea if fleshed out a bit.

Re:Not funny when it's obvious AND predictable (2, Interesting)

Goobermunch (771199) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419153)

I am sorry that you find the annual foolery un-funny. I typically find portions of the April Fools Day slashdottery humorous, and other parts tedious. This particular bit got a chuckle today.

Perhaps you should consider altering your browsing habits on this one, entirely predictable, date. That way, you won't be tempted to bring down anyone else's enjoyment of the holiday.

--AC

Nobody uses Lynx, try Links (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27418783)

Lynx went out a long time ago. Links/ELinks and friends are much better text browsers.

New Browser (5, Funny)

Chlorine Trifluoride (1517149) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418791)

Maybe now we'll see "Intertext Explorer", Microsoft's response to the resurgence in text-based browsers. Of course, it still won't render PNGs correctly.

Re:New Browser (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27418915)

Isn't that Notepad?

My Amiga 4000 is running NetSurf just fine. (3, Interesting)

Phizzle (1109923) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418867)

Nothing beats old school! Zero problems whatsoever, system has a failsafe - it simply chokes and kicks out GuruMeditation error screen any time any script of Flash tries to run. Been virus free since the SCA virus in 1987!

No seriously... I use lynx everyday (1)

thomasdz (178114) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418947)

Really... I have a VT100 terminal emulation program (MS-Kermit) running on a laptop which I use to connect up to the serial console on my VAX running OpenBSD. Yes, I use Lynx to surf the web.
I'll be really upset if this is an April Fools story.

favorite so far... (1)

eamonman (567383) | more than 5 years ago | (#27418963)

So far this is my fav today.

Side question, does lynx or some other text web browser render images as ascii?

Best of both worlds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419015)

Just wait until they hear that there's a browser with the security and speed of Lynx, and the install base of IE! (but without the speed and security of lynx)

Pine Replaces Outlook Express (1)

Cerberus7 (66071) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419085)

In related news, Microsoft has announced that they will begin retroactively replacing Outlook Express with Pine. Expect some temporal distortion in your area.

Could have been plausible, but you overplayed it (3, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419107)

"at least one online banking site has seen Lynx usage overtake that of Internet Explorer and Firefox"

See, that's where it really went off the plausibility deep end. A good April Fool's joke can't be so obvious. It requires a touch of subtlety.

Re:Could have been plausible, but you overplayed i (1)

sik0fewl (561285) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419463)

You must be new here.

I miss the old days (2, Interesting)

Evardsson (959228) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419187)

I miss the old days when the web was all text, and if you wanted to see an image you downloaded it and opened it in a separate image viewing app. At least then you knew that web authors (for such they were in those days) were at least trying to focus on content. But alas, the days of content are long gone.

Only Terrorists Use Lynx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419195)

Didn't some guy get arrested by the FBI after using Lynx to make a charitable donation online a couple years ago? They figured he must have been hacking their site after reviewing the server logs and seeing something other than a Microsoft browser.

LINKS IS BETTER (1)

justicenfa (724341) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419203)

Well, if it was links and not lynx, I'd be first to switch!

switching over to lynx (1)

watice (1347709) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419205)

ok fine, you caught me. still tho, lynx really isn't a bad browser, why you have to make-a the fun?

What's so funny? (1)

ehaggis (879721) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419213)

Doesn't everyone use lynx to do banking? I know, you think it's bloated with all the fancy-schmancy text rendering it does, but really it is quite the sensible choice. I am waiting for the multi-touch version for the iPhone.

I wish (1)

Ceiynt (993620) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419235)

I wish they were all text based browers. All those damn pics are clogging the interweb tubes. And never mind the movies, that just makes all the magic gnomes backs hurt carrying those to all corners of the world in the tiny tubes.

April Jews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419245)

I like April fools stories, but this one is so bad its not even plausible.

PS Subject line was made up to increase the level of flamability. Did it work? Thats what I thought.

But Netcraft? (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419287)

Netcraft is dead, BSD confirms it.

Real web users (1)

xorsyst (1279232) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419363)

Real web users use netcat. Suck it.

No worky (1)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419367)

Unfortunately I just tried to log in to my bank account via lynx, and it just silently brings me back to the top of the page whenever I try to put in my username.

Ah well.

Pwn2Own competition is the biggest April Fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419369)

I mean what "competition" excludes the most secure browser (Opera), and then proclaims Google Chrome the winner.

Retards...

Joke but try it, you might be surprised (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27419417)

I tried it in the past with my credit union (Navy Federal Credit union) and it worked. I just tried again now and it still works. It is not as easy as a gui browser but it does work and I can view and manipulate my accounts and balances with no problems. I did not try the checkfree bill paying section or to apply for a loan though.

But... (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 5 years ago | (#27419509)

But has Netcraft confirmed it? ...oh, wait, nevermind.
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