Friday, January 26, 2007

More secure Internet Banking

"A recent survey of nearly 1700 customers in eight countries found that the majority of account-holders - 82% - want banks and brokerages to monitor online and telephone banking transactions for suspicious activity - similar to the way that credit card transactions are monitored.

Furthermore, a masssive 91% are willing use a new authentication method, beyond the standard username-and-password procedure, if their banks decided to offer stronger security. Over two third of respondents (69%) say banks should replace the standard username-and-password log-in procedure with stronger authentication."

This is very encouring and shows an awareness in consumers that Internet banking is not as secure as they would like , but more important that they would be happy to use a more secure mechanism for Internet banking. Of course, the challenge for banks is how to do this effectively. The only way to really increase security is to distribute "something" to the client: either a random number generator, or a once use password booklet, or a digital certificate stored on something... and this is going to be a costly exercise.

The most obvious way to distribute a secure digital certificate is by means of mobile phone distribution channels. The SIM card in GSM phones is an ideal vehicle to distribute digital certificates. As a matter of fact these certificates have already been distributed in many markets.

The Fundamo mobile payment technology has been designed to make use of these digital certificates, not just to increase the security of mobile banking, but also Internet banking.


Unknown said...

SMS is the most secure approch to mobile banking.

You should learn/blog about ClairMail, the first SMS approach to mobile banking in the US.

We've raised $20 mil in funding in the last 14 months and we're engaged with 50% of the top 30 banks in the U.S.

Thank you,

Sean Mulvihill
Director of Inside Sales
ClairMail, Inc.

415-884-7284 Office
503-758-4404 Mobile

2006 CODiE Award Winner - "Software Newcomer of the Year"
- Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
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Hannes@Home said...

Hi Sean
Thank you for your comment on my blog. I am quite interested in your solution and would like to know more. The fact is that "pure" SMS is not as secure as a number of other mobile banking solutions. My company ( have been deploying secure mobile banking solutions (some utilising SMS technology since 2000, check,
It does not matter how you cut it: number of deployments, volume of traffic, number of subscribers; Fundamo is definitely one of the leaders in mobile banking.

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