credit card - wwwa.?

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  1. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    hey guys,

    regarding security, what does this mean:

    www.mbna.co.uk turns into wwwa.mbna.co.uk, i dont like the extra 'a' letter in the title, could this be a forum of phishing to steal my credit card details?

    i use the site all the time, but never noticed the extra letter in the website address before.......

    your thoughts? :doubt:
     
  2. cthorpe

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    It does not turn into wwwa for me.

    Carl
     
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    it changed to www4 here first time. but when i closed the tab and tryed again it didnt.
     
  4. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    hmm, i just tried it again and its normal.

    whats the meaning of this? o_O
     
  5. BlueZannetti

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    A subdomain. It's normal.

    Blue
     
  6. C.S.J

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    why would a subdomain appear as the main website homepage?

    anyway, after a few clicks i managed to get it to appear normal, and so i payed my bills :)

    just thought id ask first :D
     
  7. BlueZannetti

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    Read the link, then dig a little deeper.

    Blue
     
  8. ambient_88

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    That is common practice for large businesses (especially financial institutions). The X in wwwX, where X can be anything (i.e. letters, numbers), is usually the designation of a server. That way, they know exactly which server that website is connected to (also helps in troubleshooting).
     
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    So is this an issue of load balancing?
     
  10. ambient_88

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    It could be. There are other possibilities too, considering that a large corporation has a complex IT infrastructure.
     
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