online banking

4 Tips for More Secure Online Transactions

If you shop or bank online, you want to do it as safely as possible. Here's how to reduce the risk of identity theft from online transactions with your credit or debit card.

Online Bank PerkStreet to Close

The online bank offered an attractive alternative to big banks -- but today it announced that it was shutting down after failing to secure funding.

Is Online Banking Right for You?

Online banking may be a growing trend, but that doesn't mean it's right for everyone. Here are the pros and cons of keeping your cash in a traditional versus online bank.

4 Things Identity Thieves Don't Want You To Know

More than 11.6 million people in the U.S. reported having their identity stolen in 2011, 13 percent more than in 2010, and those numbers are likely to rise further. But you can avoid being a victim: Here are four things identity thieves don't want you to know.

Why Smartphone Banking Is Safer Than Using Your PC

It's easy to feel like accessing your bank accounts via a smartphone must be risky. It could be stolen! Or hacked! But IT security experts say mobile banking is actually more secure than online banking from your computer.

Facebook Wants to Be Your Online Bank

Someday soon, Facebook users may pay their utility bills, balance their checkbooks, and transfer money at the same time they upload vacation photos to the site for friends to see.

Your Smartphone's Camera Will Revolutionize How You Bank

It's call remote deposit capture technology: Snap a smartphone picture of a check, and deposit it electronically. And while only 3% of banking customers use it now, it could be the killer app that lures most of us into online banking.

Best of the Financial Web: The Monitor Award Winners

Tens of millions of Americans take to the Web regularly to do our most important financial business. As we do, the company Corporate Insight is tracking which institutions are offering customers the best new online innovations. Here's what CI found:

The Long-Term Relationship You Just Can't Quit

For all the anti-bank anger erupting across the country, relatively few of us are actually parting ways with our significant financial institutions because of it. In the past six weeks a mini bank-run sent 700,000 new customers to credit unions. But that's hardly noticeable on the scale of all U.S. banking customers.

How to Beat the Big Banks at the Fee Game

Columnist Laura Rowley cuts through the hype and explains how she found banks that would pay her for her checking account instead of the other way around. Here's the low-down on high-yield checking accounts.

A Too-Convenient Truth: How Auto-Pay Hooks Us

Many of us have our bank accounts running almost on autopilot: Paychecks go in and bills get paid automatically, and any details we need to deal with are handled easily online. But these conveniences come at a price -- they make it too much trouble to leave a bank, even when its fees get outrageous.

How Steve Jobs Changed the Way We Spend Money

Steve Jobs revolutionized so many aspects of our lives. One often overlooked area: Our money. His products fundamentally changed wired Americans' relationship with their finances -- from how and when we shop and bank to our awareness of our net worth.

Online Banks Booming as People Flee Wall St. Giants

While thousands of Americans unleash their anger at big banks in protests around the country, many more are registering their dissatisfaction from their keyboards. In the wake of last week's news that Bank of America is adding a new $5 fee for debit card use, online-only banks saw waves of new customers coming through their virtual doors.

Jean Chatzky: Beware, the Cost of Identity Theft Is Soaring

While the number of incidents of identity theft has dropped, the cost to get your identity back is rising. Personal Finance expert Jean Chatzky explains who is after your identity (it could be someone you know) and gives great advice on steps you must take now to protect yourself.

PayPal Launches iPhone App for Depositing Checks

Adding another twist to the concept of online banking, PayPal has added an iPhone app that allows users to photograph their checks and deposit the funds into their PayPal account, according to an Associated Press report.

U.S., U.K. Authorities Go After Alleged Cybercrime Operation

Authorities in the U.S. and U.K. charged or arrested more than 100 people in relation to an alleged multi-million dollar cyber scam to steal bank account information and pilfer people%u2019s money. Between May 2009 and last month, at least $3 million was taken from U.S. accounts, U.S prosecutors said, according to the Wall Street Journal.