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well on the Pin codes, there were four main methods, either hope that the numbers hadn't been changed, try a selection of likely ones (its amazing the number of people who will change from 0000 to 1111 and think its going to work, or the number of teenage girls whose pin is 5683 (which when converted to letters spells love) took security of geeks ages to work out why that one was happening) the third method was to ring up and impersoante the user or the police and persuade phone companies to either provide the pin number, or change it, changing it is obviously not the preferrred method because that shuts the users access to the mailbox down, and they might get suspicious. The fourth method doesn't really work anymore. in the early days of mobiles, when everyone didnt have one, the reporter would give a pay as you go phone to the subject, with a few quid of credit on, "so they can get in touch" having already set up the security to "Keep them safe"  subject then goes round and gives everyone their shiney new mobile number, and reporter has access to the  box because they set the phone up

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 6th, 2011 at 06:11:56 AM EST
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