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New quid on the block- a sterling effort?

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 11 Apr 2017

The Bank of England has issued a new one pound coin which it claims is the most secure coin in the world. Its 12-sided, bimetallic, latent-imaged, micro-lettered, milled-edged, hidden high security-featured self is now legal tender and coming to a shop near you. Anna Milne asked some payments bods for their thoughts. read more

What’s stopping customers from opening accounts online?

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 30 Jan 2017

While the variety of digital options for opening a bank account, whether they are online or mobile, seems to expand by the week, consumers are still not fully onboard with the idea. Why? HooYu has released a study into the reasons. Patrick Brusnahan reports. read more

Digital ID verification and mobile payments- one tough nut to crack

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 13 Dec 2016

So far, digital identity credentials have been the missing piece in the mobile wallet puzzle, making mobile payments vulnerable to fraud involving stolen card accounts. Robin Arnfield profiles two US fintech firms that want to fill this gap with technology to store ID documents in digital form on smartphones. read more

French banks taking baby steps towards biometrics and mobile payments

  • Author: Jessica Longley
  • Published: 3 Oct 2016

French consumers have not yet fully adopted mobile payments, but with a young, tech-savvy generation increasingly demanding safer and simpler authentication, will things change? Jessica Longley speaks to four key French banks to find out how the country is responding to the new technological era. read more

Cracking down on money laundering

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 7 Jul 2016

There is a common cycle in financial security. A criminal will adapt to security protocols and regulation, the regulator adapts to combat the development and this repeats ad infinitum. The European Commission’s (EC) anti-money laundering (AML) division is making progress, however. Stronger rules have been released to combat new threats. Patrick Brusnahan reports. read more

Blockchain- the state of play in 2016

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 8 Jun 2016

If 2015 was the year of blockchain hype, 2016 should be the year of solid progress. At the Retail Banker International Annual Conference and Awards in London on 19 May, presentations provided some solid use cases of the much-discussed, much-misunderstood technology. Anna Milne reports. read more

How can payments become more secure in 2016?

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 7 Jan 2016

According to technology firm Ovum, 61% of banks will significantly increase their payment technology expenditure in 2016. The firm also found that this boost in spending can be partly attributed to a larger emphasis on security. Patrick Brusnahan talks to experts on why security is set to take 2016 by storm. read more

FICO: “Balancing the customer experience and fraud does cause a few issues”

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 3 Aug 2015

There is no devilishly craftier person than the fraudster. According to a report from FICO, despite greater efforts combating domestic fraud, Europe card fraud losses rose by 6%, both in Europe and the UK. Patrick Brusnahan speaks to Martin Warwick on the rise and what can be done to stop further losses. read more

Will Apple Pay-ve the way for mobile?

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 24 Jul 2015

The launch of Apple Pay in the first market outside the states has been hotly anticipated by the payments industry (and the odd Apple aficionado). Anna Milne, EPI’s advisory board and other industry experts examine the potential to evolve the mobile payments industry in the UK market, in comparison to the US. read more

Shellshock is the latest threat to banking's security

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 22 Oct 2014

In a time where it is said that a bank is hit by a cyber attack every minute, the recently discovered Shellshock bug, derived from the UNIX Bash shell, has had UNIX and Linux system users scared for the safety of their accounts. The problem is that the bug affects more people than first thought. Patrick Brusnahan investigates. read more

Financial fraud worries continue to discourage consumers from online payments - Kaspersky

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 2 Oct 2014

Are online payment providers paying for consumer fear of financial fraud on the internet? According to a survey by cyber security company Kaspersky Lab and B2B International they are. Anna Milne takes a closer look at the report and what the results mean for the industry. read more

Bring your own credential: the solution to all those usernames and passwords?

  • Author: Ellie Chambers
  • Published: 31 Oct 2013

In a payments market where we are all increasingly burdened by multiple usernames and passwords, Ellie Chambers meets SecureKey - the Canadian company that's letting you log in how you want, when you want, and keeping your personal information safe and private at the same time. read more


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