App Annie’s 2019 State of the Mobile Report found that users in the United Kingdom checked their banking apps more than 7 times per week.

Consumer usage of digital banking technologies has been increasing year over year but The Financial Brand is reporting 34% of fintech app users are still extremely concerned with data privacy. This could be an area of opportunity for traditional banks if they are willing to take the time to educate their customers on personal data security. Read through our tips and learn how to apply them at the 2nd World Digital Banking Summit.

No doubt, data privacy is a big concern in 2019 but we’ve compiled 7 tips (besides creating a strong password) that could make it easier to stay in control of your personal information:

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1: Choose a bank that offers two-step verification

These days most banks offer at least one form of two-step verification with a unique pin that will be sent to your mobile device. This pin is only available temporarily and has to be entered in addition to your normal login credentials. Some banks allow even further two-step verification like facial recognition or fingerprint scanning.

Talk to your bank or look in your mobile banking app settings to see what security features are offered to you.


2: Keep Your Security Software Up-to-date

Since the beginning stages of digital technology use, security has always been a concern. That is still the case now more than ever. Simple firewalls and antivirus software are not enough. You need these at a minimum and ensure you keep them up-to-date.


3: Establish A Secure Connection

Make sure you have a secure connection every time you log into a mobile banking app or website. Do not ever enter your banking login information on a free public wifi connection!

Always use a device and network that you trust. If you must connect to your bank through an unknown device or network, you may want to create an encrypted connection using a VPN.

Once you are on your banking website, look for two things to confirm you have a secure connection. One will be https in front of your URL and the other will be a small lock icon, usually in front of your URL as well. If you see both of these things, that is a good sign you’ve established a secure connection.


4: Look Out For Spam Or Phishing Schemes

Banks know privacy is a huge concern for customers so most likely they will never ask you for login information over email. Also, beware of emails containing links that lead you to other sites. These sites can be made to look like your bank login screen but are ultimately set up to steal your credentials and your money if given the opportunity.

Phone scams are another way bad guys attempt to steal confidential information. You should never have to provide your full password or pin to your bank over the phone, although they may ask for part of it. If you are unsure, don’t be afraid to hang up and call your bank back from a secure number you are familiar with.


5: Set Up Alerts For Account Activity

Many banks offer a text or email notifications for certain activities within the users' account. Some banks even offer digital banking app notifications. These alerts are super customizable down to every withdrawal to something broader like out of town purchase or purchases over a certain amount.


6: Always Monitor Your Account

The alerts mentioned in tip 5 make it easier than ever to let the banks or systems monitor our accounts but with the ease of digital banking apps, we have access to our banking information 24/7. Don’t wait for a security issue to grab your attention. Monitor your account as ofter as your time allows to ensure each transaction is accurate. If you notice any unfamiliar activity, contact your bank immediately.


7: Utilise Digital Banking App Security Features

Digital Banking Apps are adding new features constantly as banking innovations continue to evolve. Two that are currently available are travel notices and the ability to freeze cards connected to your account.

Travel notices help add extra security when you are on vacation. Many apps allow you to select the city or country you are visiting. This allows your card to stay active as you travel but also ensures it can not be used in locations outside of your travel area.

The second security feature is the ability to freeze a card connected to your bank account. This is extremely helpful if your card gets lost or stolen. As soon as you notice your card is gone, go into your app and freeze your card until it is found or you can contact your bank. Once a card is frozen it can not be used for purchases or to withdraw money.

The 2nd World Digital Banking Summit will provide an ideal platform for banking, financial services, and FinTech professionals to discuss new advances in processes and technology that will improve the overall banking experience and allow customers to be more in control of their personal information.

Attendees will learn to apply AI and machine learning technologies to banking applications to drive their business forward. Experts within the industry, from brands such as OrangeBank, DNB, Royal Bank of Scotland and more, will discuss current challenges and opportunities for the digital banking industry.

If you hold a key position within your organization within the digital banking industry then this year's 2nd World Digital Banking Summit is a must attend. For more information about the summit and to learn about the speakers, download your free brochure here!