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Back Door

1. In business, a slang term describing something unethical. It may also describe the action of circumventing a problem in an unusual (but still ethical) way.

2. Any way to access a computer system other than logging in or using "normal" channels. Programmers often put back doors into their programs, or a hacker may create one.

3. See: Back-Door Listing.

back door

the informal mechanism whereby the BANK OF ENGLAND buys back previously issued TREASURY BILLS in the DISCOUNT MARKET at their ruling market price in order to release money to help the DISCOUNT HOUSES overcome temporary liquidity shortages. This is done as a means of increasing the liquid funds available not only to the discount houses themselves but also to the COMMERCIAL BANKS at prevailing interest rates to enable them to maintain their lending. Compare FRONT DOOR.
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Our priority is keeping our users safe, and back doors make them more vulnerable," said an employee of a public U.
Air India ( AI) operates some of its flights with only one entry- exit point ; Many AI flights are operating with the back door shown as inoperative due to shortage of cabin crew ; In an emergency like crash- landing, there would be a near stampede with only one exit door ; AI also facing a heavy rate of attrition with 33 pilots having quit this year alone ; Some of the pilots joined other airlines without even resigning ; Many pilots have resigned citing inefficiency and weak administration, which they allege has caused the mess at the carrier
By thinking of vendor information security risk as a series of back doors to your information and systems, you incorporate these vendors into your overall information security program and provide tools for assessment, identification and mitigation of risks.
Back doors should be fitted for health and safety reasons and to give us peace of mind.
The kids we played with always came to the back door and called for us.
Even when we walked in through your computer's back door, we still had to crack a few passwords to get your personal information to authorize credit card use.
Firefighters in the area have reported dealing with an increasing number of incidents which involved front and back doors being set alight during the night.
She and my aunties always opened front and back doors as soon as a storm started.
Householders are being warned not to leave their keys in locked back doors following a burglary in Coundon on Saturday.