The Entersekt Blog

Industry news, security threats, and technology advances in consumer authentication.

How friendly friction builds better digital banking experiences
16-05-2019|Jennifer Singh

How friendly friction builds better digital banking experiences

Consumers’ preferences are undeniably shifting digitally when it comes to banking and financial services. According to a recent study by Citibank, 31 percent of consumers use their mobile banking app more than any other — placing mobile banking behind only social media and weather for the most frequented mobile destinations.
Entersekt’s consumer survey 2019: Mobile app-based banking and payments in the USA
30-04-2019|Sherif Samy

Entersekt’s consumer survey 2019: Mobile app-based banking and payments in the USA

This is an exciting time in mobile banking and payments. Entersekt believes that banks, and their customers, can have it all – convenience, control, and the benefits of continuous innovation. It just takes vision.
Five things ... that make a great banking app
28-03-2019|Alpa Somaiya

Five things ... that make a great banking app

Unlike men (according to Thomas Jefferson), all banking apps were not created equal. There is a huge variety of apps (and banks) to choose from; some have a wide range of features, while others struggle to offer even the basics. These days, the “basics” are also not what they used to be.
It’s like your credit card, only better
07-03-2019|Gerhard Oosthuizen

It’s like your credit card, only better

In the “old days” – the days of magnetic stripe cards – we proved that we were the owners of our cards with a handwritten signature at the point of sale (POS). Then came the chip cards, for which we switched to using a PIN number in card-present situations to authenticate ourselves as the card owner.
The state of mobile banking: insights from industry research
28-02-2019|Lelanie de Roubaix

The state of mobile banking: insights from industry research

Digital banking industry research published in 2018 by a number of leading research and advisory firms highlights a trend that has led the industry to reflect on a core aspect of current priorities as well as future strategy: the customer.
Mercator white paper, sponsored by Entersekt: A new security paradigm for the new digital world
29-11-2018|Mark van Dalsen

Mercator white paper, sponsored by Entersekt: A new security paradigm for the new digital world

The world in which your entire commercial existence is bound to your mobile device is fast approaching, and at its center stands the bank, which safeguards your most valuable assets – funds, payment media, and a trove of data. That’s Entersekt’s vision.
The explosive rise in mobile malware
11-07-2018|Lelanie de Roubaix

The explosive rise in mobile malware

Since one of the first known mobile viruses, Timofonica, was discovered in 2000, the mobile landscape has seen a staggering increase in both the number and the type of malware threats. The fraudsters behind them are often at the forefront of technological innovation, leading attacks that range from basic keylogging (for harvesting usernames and passwords) to sophisticated ransomware that demands payment from victims to regain access to their devices or accounts.
Life after SMS OTP: what will be the next big thing in transaction security?
30-05-2018|Clara Chennells

Life after SMS OTP: what will be the next big thing in transaction security?

Remember VHS? The Sony Walkman? What about the dot matrix printer? These are things that were considered state-of-the-art in the 1980s – but are now only a fond memory. No-one in their right mind would, for example, release a new film only on VHS today. And yet incredibly, the SMS OTP, first conceived in the early 1980s, is still what secures online banking channels at most of the world’s financial institutions today.
Entersekt’s Transakt solves more for banks than just PSD2 problems
17-05-2018|Jonathan Knoll

Entersekt’s Transakt solves more for banks than just PSD2 problems

As any and every bank and organization that deals with payments knows by now, the European Banking Authority’s regulatory technical standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication take effect in September 2019. However, given the requirement to have the relevant APIs, documentation, and testing done a full six months before that date, the actual deadline is March 2019. With less than a year to go, the implementation clock is ticking loudly.
Mobile authentication: What happens when security and usability stop being mutually exclusive?
18-04-2018|Entersekt Editor

Mobile authentication: What happens when security and usability stop being mutually exclusive?

In digital banking, and more recently also in the mobile payments sphere, security and usability are commonly viewed as incompatible priorities. By implication, for security to be strong enough, it must also impose inconvenience on the user. At Entersekt, however, we prefer to ask: why do banks have to choose?

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