Zionist Tesco’s insecure web service

Tesco is the biggest of the UK’s supermarket chains by a long way, and besides its big superstores both in town centres and outside, it also runs stores at Esso petrol stations and has recently taken over an Asian-run chain of general stores which have become “Tesco Metro” shops. Tesco is named after Tessa Cohen, the founder’s wife and mother of its best-known shareholder (or ex-shareholder), Shirley Porter, who shot to fame as a result of her role in the Westminster City Council gerrymandering scandal, in which council homes were done up and sold off to wealthy people in order to raise Tory votes. The Porters are major investors in Israel.

According to the Boycott Israeli Goods campaign, the chain has also sold goods made in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands claiming that they are made in Israel - not the only offenders for this, by the way. Like most supermarkets, they also make massive mark-ups, paying farmers a fraction of what they charge their customers. (Again, this is fairly common with big supermarkets.)

If all this doesn’t put you off buying their goods, you might like to look at the most recent issue of Mac Format (issue 154, April 2005), specifically, at the Question and Answer section on page 74. On the page facing, Steven Brunsden wants to know why Tesco’s online shopping service shows no sign of being a secure server. The signs are that the URL begins with “https” instead of just “http”, and that a padlock icon appears (usually at the bottom of the browser window). If you use Firefox, the URL line should turn yellow from its usual white. All this means that the server uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which facilitates encrypted transmission which is necessary for things like credit card details.

The magazine’s answer is that nobody at Tesco could provide them with better proof that it’s secure than “trust me, it’s secure”. They insist that their server does use SSL, but Mac Format’s Q&A guy Luis Villazon isn’t convinced. At the very least, use a different password when using Tesco’s online service. But why bother when you’ve already sent the thieves with their packet sniffers (programs which monitor traffic over the internet, which are freely available) your credit card number? Surely the sensible thing is to go to the competition.

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