How will PCI Legitimise Card PIN Authentication on Mobile Devices?

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC)’s Chief Technology Officer Troy Leach recently divulged news of a new payment standard; one that enables the secure entry of PIN into merchant’s smart devices. The organisation aims to publish the final version by the end of the year.

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Discussing consumer trust at MWC 2017

This week we are in Barcelona to attend the prestigious Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. Invited by the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), MYPINPAD participated on a panel discussion on data privacy and trust in the data-driven economy.

MYPINPAD’s Business Development Director, David Poole, analysed the important role of trust in digital payments and eCommerce transactions and shared exclusive preliminary findings from our latest research.

There are many factors that separate a successful retailer, bank, travel or gaming company from an unsuccessful one. Brand popularity, customer experience, appealing promotional offers, excellent customer service and quality products are all very much coveted; but consumer trust is an invaluable foundation upon which all the others can thrive.

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MYPINPAD launching study to uncover the power of PIN on mobile at MWC

London, Barcelona, 13th January 2017 – Marking its presence at Mobile World Congress 2017, MYPINPAD, an enabler of multi-factor authentication for unsecured touchscreen devices such as mobile phones and tablets, will launch an exclusive new whitepaper examining the role and potential of PIN on mobile devices to authenticate transactions.

2017 will see significant growth and adoption of mobile payments. In Europe alone the number of consumers using a mobile device for payments has tripled from 18% to 54% since 2015[1]. The use of PIN to authenticate these transactions on mobiles is imminent.

For bricks and mortar stores, the growth of mobile points of sale (mPOS) to improve customer experience is continuing. Research earlier this year suggests that, by 2021, 20% of all retail transactions will be done on mPOS and that one third of all POS devices will be mobile.[2] The potential of PIN on mobile has never been clearer.

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The further development of token security, what’s next?

Recently, the payments industry received news that Visa and Mastercard are teaming up to share tokenised credentials across their digital wallets (Masterpass and Visa Checkout). With the objective of making their wallets thrive, both schemes have committed to making them open and interoperable and to support multiple modes of use for consumers, e.g. in-app, online and in-store.

The move into a more collaborative and integrated payments industry is no doubt a good example for others members of the ecosystem. Championing new ideas and best practice to help mobile commerce grow, develop and become more secure in the industry should be celebrated.

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Why should we be interested in consumer trust?

Consumer trust is the absolute bedrock on which digital commerce is based; it is absolutely critical. If consumers don’t trust the processes or new implemented technology, they won’t use it.

This is the reason why we are currently engaged in a social media sourced survey looking into consumer trust in digital transactions. We would, of course, be pleased if you could take five minutes to take part.

Our survey takes a particular focus on banking and financial transactions and with very good reason.

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Getting automated payments under control

The digitisation of our commercial lives has brought us new levels of convenience. Banking can be done on a phone app with no need to queue in-store, credit card bills can be paid online, train tickets bought on a phone and much, much more. Yet, this convenience can also come with ongoing obligations.

Recurring payments, for example, are a source of regular frustration for many consumers. Known, technically as Continuous Payment Authorities (CPAs) these agreements allow companies to take money from you in exchange for providing a service, such as subscription to an online service.

They appear to be just like Direct Debits but while Direct Debits take money from your bank account, CPAs take money from a payment card. While they are still subject to oversight by the FCA, they do not have the same set of rigorous consumer protection guarantees that Direct Debits do, such as ease of cancellation, compensation and refund, in the case of error.

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A Very Different Halloween Horror Story

For many, Halloween is a time for fun, trick or treating, fancy dress, carving pumpkins and apple bobbing. For others, however, Halloween is a time for telling scary tales of witches, vampires and ghosts, playing pranks and watching horror films.

In today’s digital society, it is easier than ever for a horror story to become real life. Being tricked out of your money and identity for example, is easier and more common than you think.

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Global fraud rises again

Figures from this month’s Nilson Report show that global card fraud figures reached $21.84bn in 2015 and is predicted to keep rising. These fraud losses come from a number of sources including counterfeit card fraud, CNP fraud, “friendly” fraud and fraudulent applications.

Ecommerce continues to boom across the world at unforeseen rate. WorldPay recently predicted that global ecommerce figures would hit $2.4tn by 2019. It’s an incredible prediction but if recent history is anything to go by, that figure will no doubt be higher by 2019.

There does then, seem to be a dichotomy in ecommerce. Fraud is growing at a huge rate but it is not impacting on the growth of ecommerce. Consumers are still flocking to laptops and mobile to shop, transact and live their financial lives. It would seem that fraud is not having an impact on the popularity of ecommerce. At least, not yet.

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Biometrics and the trust factor

Last week was a very busy news week for biometrics.

There was news from Uber that their drivers will soon have to take mandatory and regular selfies in order to verify their identity. This was followed by an announcement from a researcher in Singapore who claimed that iris identification software, as piloted by the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, would be the catalyst for the development of biometric driven mobile payments. Finally, Leonovo and PayPal, founders of the FIDO Alliance, shared the news that they were working on ways to have fingerprint authentication on laptops for payments.

But, even though biometrics are taking a protagonist position on today’s and tomorrow’s technology, there is still some resistance from users.

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Bringing trust into Indian mobile payments

A report out this week has predicted that India will see a tenfold increase in digital payments between now and the end of the decade. That will see a rise to $500bn annually and see the GPD of India rise by 15%. However, unless more trust is built between consumers and banks, this prediction might not come to pass.

Payment industry commentators have often pointed to economies such as India and China as places of great innovation and progress. Just as nature abhors a vacuum, so does economics. Where there is a gap in the market, it will be filled. And this is what has happened in countries such as India where mobile technology has offered financial services to those who previously lacked them.

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