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Brazil’s Pix payments: Vulnerabilities and how to mitigate them

Brazil’s Pix payments: Vulnerabilities and how to mitigate them


Entersekt asked Americas Market Intelligence to explain to readers of our blog how Brazil’s incoming instant payment system works. As a global specialist in user authentication, strong device ID, and secure QR payments, we support the Brazilian Central Bank’s vision of a nation-wide digital payments system, free to all and as accessible to the unbanked as it is to cardholders.

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Snippet: EMV has now been deployed in more than 80 countries around the world. All have seen a significant drop in card-present fraud as a result, but they have also experienced a surge in online card fraud and other card-not-present (CNP) scams.

EMV has now been deployed in more than 80 countries around the world. All have seen a significant drop in card-present fraud as a result, but they have also experienced a surge in online card fraud and other card-not-present (CNP) scams.

Snippet: In the age of smartphones, we mainly use our phones for apps – many, many apps. Making voice calls and performing other traditional phone functions come second to using the wealth of apps available. Most of us are aware by now that apps bring with them additional risk – that they can expose us to unwanted prying and data theft.

In the age of smartphones, we mainly use our phones for apps – many, many apps. Making voice calls and performing other traditional phone functions come second to using the wealth of apps available. Most of us are aware by now that apps bring with them additional risk – that they can expose us to unwanted prying and data theft.

Snippet: We have all seen the reports about Apple Pay fraud plastered over the Web. Less informed commentators seem to blame Apple, but is this problem really their fault this time?

We have all seen the reports about Apple Pay fraud plastered over the Web. Less informed commentators seem to blame Apple, but is this problem really their fault this time?

Snippet: Credit and debit card fraud is top of mind for payments industry professionals worldwide. According to a report by Mercator Advisory Group released in February 2013, the direct costs of payment card fraud for US issuers reached nearly $1.4 billion in 2012, but the total costs associated with it are estimated at more than $8 billion. Other analysts suspect that this cost is significantly underestimated because fraud losses are probably underreported.

Credit and debit card fraud is top of mind for payments industry professionals worldwide. According to a report by Mercator Advisory Group released in February 2013, the direct costs of payment card fraud for US issuers reached nearly $1.4 billion in 2012, but the total costs associated with it are estimated at more than $8 billion. Other analysts suspect that this cost is significantly underestimated because fraud losses are probably underreported.

Snippet: Here’s a problem. Surveys repeatedly indicate that a sizeable percentage of consumers doubt the security of mobile banking and payments, mindful of the wealth of personal information stored on their phones and suspicious of assurances that their data and money are adequately protected from mobile attack.

Here’s a problem. Surveys repeatedly indicate that a sizeable percentage of consumers doubt the security of mobile banking and payments, mindful of the wealth of personal information stored on their phones and suspicious of assurances that their data and money are adequately protected from mobile attack.

Snippet: A lot of people are excited about the future that biometrics promises. Massive claims are made daily about the technology, especially as it applies to mobile. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and see biometrics as a solution to all the problems we currently face. But will deploying fingerprint readers to mobile devices really free us all from digital fraud?

A lot of people are excited about the future that biometrics promises. Massive claims are made daily about the technology, especially as it applies to mobile. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and see biometrics as a solution to all the problems we currently face. But will deploying fingerprint readers to mobile devices really free us all from digital fraud?

Snippet: The world has enthusiastically embraced mobile technology. Within a few short years, mobile applications have become a staple of daily life, serving as sources of information, productivity tools or entertaining ways to pass the time. It did not take long for the financial services industry to spot mobile’s potential.

The world has enthusiastically embraced mobile technology. Within a few short years, mobile applications have become a staple of daily life, serving as sources of information, productivity tools or entertaining ways to pass the time. It did not take long for the financial services industry to spot mobile’s potential.

Snippet: On the weekend, I finally had a chance to load my three credit cards into Apple Pay. The process was slick and painless, as you’d expect from Apple: a simple snap of the credit card auto-populated the data on my phone. Only the card security code (three or four digits long) is entered by hand.

On the weekend, I finally had a chance to load my three credit cards into Apple Pay. The process was slick and painless, as you’d expect from Apple: a simple snap of the credit card auto-populated the data on my phone. Only the card security code (three or four digits long) is entered by hand.

Snippet: For decades, the financial services industry has relied on one-time passwords (OTPs) for online user authentication. While OTP technology was state-of-the-art in the 1980s, technology has evolved, and the changes in computing power, the Internet, and the advent of mobile technology has rendered it no match for today’s most common fraud schemes.

For decades, the financial services industry has relied on one-time passwords (OTPs) for online user authentication. While OTP technology was state-of-the-art in the 1980s, technology has evolved, and the changes in computing power, the Internet, and the advent of mobile technology has rendered it no match for today’s most common fraud schemes.

Snippet: Last month, Apple’s iCloud fell victim to a major security breach that left many people, especially celebrities, exposed. Our lives are increasingly conducted through our smartphones and our data is then backed up to the cloud, so it’s not surprising that criminals are showing interest in hacking the system.

Last month, Apple’s iCloud fell victim to a major security breach that left many people, especially celebrities, exposed. Our lives are increasingly conducted through our smartphones and our data is then backed up to the cloud, so it’s not surprising that criminals are showing interest in hacking the system.

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