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Who the hell needs biometrics in banking?

Biometrics isn’t discussed that much at banking conferences these days. Most of the time, when I raise the topic, there’s a groan from the banking audience. “Oh, been there, done that.” The usual view is that biometrics doesn’t work.  It’s too flakey.  Too many false positives and false negatives, as in it doesn’t read the…

Now it’s an eyePhone

Talking about iris recognition and passwords recently, I got a note from Spanish Bank, Bankinter, which has just launched an app that identifies clients through iris recognition on the phone.  The way it works is that customers access their brokerage accounts by blinking into their smartphone’s camera. The app has algorithms built-in that look for eye…

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Passwords just don’t hack it

Like everyone, I’m completely fed up with passwords and online security. It just doesn’t hack it anymore, or is that makes it easiest to hack. The system is thirty years old – I used to use passwords to get onto the company network back in the 1980s.  In fact, it’s even older than that. Polybius…

Stealing your mobile bank data

We had a meeting of the Financial Services Club last week that looked at fraud and mobile malware with the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the International Systems Security Association (ISSA).   It was an interesting meeting, as I’m particularly intrigued by stories about mobile as this is our hot space right now. Every bank…

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Two out of five businesses switch banks due to fraud

I regularly write about fraudulent aspects of finance, and it’s getting worse. As I say in my presentations: “with five billion points of data breach, how can you keep secure?” and this is a key question, as every mobile device is now a point of payment or sale. Equally, as everyone is loosely leaking their…

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Can’t take my eyes off of you

For a long, long, long, long, long, long time, I’ve talked about biometrics taking off in banking … and it hasn’t. The biometrics market has picked up and tailed off in fits and starts, but there is no real mainstream biometric program out there that I’ve spotted to date. The nearest I got was some…

Can’t take my eyes off of you

For a long, long, long, long, long, long time, I’ve talked about biometrics taking off in banking … and it hasn’t. The biometrics market has picked up and tailed off in fits and starts, but there is no real mainstream biometric program out there that I’ve spotted to date. The nearest I got was some…

Will we ever have social security?

No, not the state benefits version, but the online version. I've been blogging a lot lately about cybercrime, identity theft and the do's and dont's of social networking.  This was in part due to a seminar that took place this week where we were debating the risks related to social networking and mobile finance. There is…

Malware doubled

Banks should advise customers on the do’s and don’ts of social networking

Banks miss a trick in not advising customers how to network socially with safety, so here’s my top do’s and don’ts for social networking. It’s not exhaustive, but just those that are top of mind and banks would do well to send such advice to their customers in writing, online and always when they logon…

CNN – not news, but fraud

After my note about identity theft the other day, I got a nice note from Barry Marshall at Identity Intelligence (IDI), who run a database about fraud.  Their numbers are staggering, and they define the issue today is not about Card Not Present (CNP) fraud, but Card Not Necessary (CNN). They noted that over 61,000…

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