Mobile banking for consumers gains momentum

Accessing important banking information, transferring funds and monitoring monetary well being is much easier with mobile banking, a trend that is beginning to take off in the corporate and customer realms. These mobile solutions have not received the same sort of rapid adoption as other online tools, mostly because users fear for the safety of their information. As these resources become more refined and security tools are improved, more users are being drawn to the convenience and flexibility of banking on the go.

Real-time financial services
In terms of financial plans, being able to constantly monitor spending and savings accounts, anticipate future expenses and manage day-to-day income is easiest with mobile banking options. IT Business Net wrote that developers are constantly looking to improve security concerns regarding the software, making them easier to navigate for consumers but harder for hackers to infiltrate. This should give people peace of mind about pulling up their accounts at cafes or on the train, reviewing their finances whenever they have the time, so long as they're careful to never share their passwords.

Even losing a mobile device is no longer a security concern, the source stated, because more companies are using software-as-a-service deployments. These tools have all the same functions of mobile banking applications, yet they don't store critical information on these tools, so a lost smartphone or tablet won't give away a lifetime of financial data or access to personal savings.

Technological fears
These precautions address many of the fears that a federal survey found consumers harbor regarding reluctance to adopt mobile banking tools. The Federal Reserve Bank conducted interviews with thousands of Americans to see how many are using these applications already, as well as how many have failed to make the leap and why. Security concerns were the number one issue, the report cited, with both device loss and back-end access as major issues among consumers.

The study showed that 40 percent of Americans said safety with mobile banking was insufficient, but this could be due to personal misunderstanding of how security works in the application world. Respondents were uncertain what features related to this financial service were safe, with more than one-third uncertain as to whether text messages from a bank were okay or not in terms of personal security.

So long as ambiguity remains, consumers may be reluctant to adopt valuable mobile banking solutions. As IT Business Net reported, though, more people are gaining knowledge about these tools, slowly pushing the adoption rate higher among private users.

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