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Finger-Scanning, Biometric Banking Coming to Poland

Rather than swipe a plastic card, some bank customers in Poland only need their fingertips to withdraw money. According to Popular Science, the BPS SA bank in Warsaw, Poland recently became the first in Europe to install a biometric ATM. Thanks to Hitachi's "Finger Vein" technology, customers simply place their index finger on a scanner that reads their vein pattern and then identifies exactly...

Swipely Gives Us New Ways to Share Embarrassing Purchases

Yesterday, the world of social shopping got a little more crowded, with the debut of Swipely, a network that, for the most part, borrows from Blippy's "Facebook for credit card purchases." Users can share purchases made with specified credit cards, and can sync their Gmail accounts with their Swipely profiles, enabling automatic forwarding of receipts from online purchases. There are, however, a...

Computer Glitch Leaves Bank Customers Fuming, Ferrari-less

It's bad enough when your credit or debit card is rejected, but imagine if you tried to make a large purchase and were declined due to a computer glitch. That's what happened to customers of Barclays bank across southern England when a "faulty disc array" took out 1,500 ATMs along with phone and Internet banking services, altogether preventing merchants from processing purchases. According to...

Women More Prone to ID Theft, Less Likely to Use New Tech

A recent study indicates that women are more likely to be victims of identity theft than men, Forbes reports. Published this week, the study, which was conducted by Javelin Research, claims that women are 26-percent more likely to fall victim to identity theft. Last year saw 4.8-percent of women having their identity stolen, while only 3.8-percent of men were victims. In keeping with those...

Send Cash Through an ATM Using New ATMSend Service

Money makes the world go 'round. The problem is, how to get money 'round the world. Sure, there's always Western Union or MoneyGram, but if you ask us, that requires just one step too many. A Charlotte, North Carolina-based company, Privier Inc, hopes to have an easier, and more accessible, solution. The company's service, dubbed ATMSend, would allow a user to send cash to another user for...

Citibank Employee Wires Someone Else's Money to Himself

With the economy looking shaky (thanks, in part, to bogus computer simulations), and more and more banks being bailed out with federal funds, you might be thinking that the inside of your mattress is the safest place for your cash right now. If not, please allow us to give you a few more reasons to think twice before signing that deposit slip, courtesy of a disconcerting article at Wired about...

Sensitive Bank Info Bought on eBay

Every buy a used hard drive on eBay? If so, did it come with any surprises on-board after you installed it? Imagine how you'd feel if you installed your new (to you) drive and found millions of customer records from various banks! That's exactly what happened to Andrew Chapman from Oxford, England. Chapman bought the used drive for £77 (about $140) and found himself perusing customer records...

Man's Offending Password Changed By Humorless Bank

Calling the British stuffy may be a bit of stereotyping, but the term certainly applies to a Lloyds TSB employee who changed a customer's password because it made fun of the bank. The customer had chosen "Lloyds is pants" -- translation: Lloyds is crap -- after a dispute with the bank, and found later that he couldn't access his account with it. Steve Jetley used that password for his telephone...

Bad Design of Banking Sites a Security Risk, Experts Say

A new study out of the University of Michigan says that many banking Web sites are poorly designed and put customers' data at risk. Although the sites aren't necessarily full of security holes or exploitable code, researchers say many banking sites encourage bad surfing practices. The problem is that banks often ignore standard security design features that security experts encourage Web surfers...

Citibank/7-Eleven ATMs Infiltrated, PINs Stolen

So you follow your bank's advice to the letter when it comes to ATM security: You don't let someone snoop over your shoulder why you're using it, you don't stand there to count your cash immediately after withdrawal, and, most importantly, you've chosen a PIN that isn't "1234." Good for you, you're doing your part. Sadly, though, it seems that Citibank, and two companies that operate thousands of...

Deposit Checks From Home -- Coming Soon

You soon may be able to deposit checks from home just by scanning them into your computer. An online banking service provider called CheckFree is introducing a technology that allows consumers to scan and transmit check images that is similar to what businesses have been using for some time. The system is called Remote Deposit Capture and all a consumer needs is a scanner, computer, and Internet...