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Common Online Banking Features

Feb 29, 2008
Online banking is a fairly established practice in our internet-saturated world. Many people are making use of the unique and convenient options that online banking services provide. Yet, if you are a bit behind the times, but still considering the idea of upgrading your current banking practices, internet banking may be the right move. But what if you don't know a thing about online banking? Perhaps, you've thought about being hooked up to a bank's web service, but wasn't sure that the service would be worth the trouble. Or, maybe, it was more about not knowing what sorts of banking features you would be able to access.

Now, obviously, one of the most recognized features is accessibility. Online banking offers you, the customer, 24-hour access to you account, barring any designated website downtimes that may be scheduled. Beyond accessibility, you have portability. Most of the time, you can be on any computer anywhere and access your financial account and do your necessary business, at no charge!

To facilitate online use, most banks that offer online banking provide a host of high quality, technological solutions that make your banking experience easy and fast. Most online banking systems offer the same common features, with only a few exceptions, and most of these services are given to customers free of charge.

Some of the common online banking features and services include:

You can view a summary of your account and transaction history

You can view or print your account statements and balances

Set up online payments and direct deposit services

You may be able to reorder checks for your account via the web

Some services allow you to export your account histories to third-party accounting software

You can transfer funds from one account to another or make deposits

Other accounts and services like CDs, IRAs, and others can be managed from the online account

These, again, are but just some of the common features that many online banking services provide their customers. Another category of features very closely associated with online banking is those that deal with information security. These types of features are constantly evolving to deal with the changes in the web and the potential risks that are involved with conducting sensitive financial business on the network.

Information and identity theft are both very unfortunate realities made more serious by the volume of business conducted across the internet every day. People are exchanging personal financial and identity information all the time, and all of this is a part of regular business affairs. With online banking, the need for sound security measures becomes obvious.

Elements of online security features include computer firewall protections, user ID and password authentication combined with code encryption, limitations on number of times that passwords and user names may be entered before they are locked out, measures like TANs (or transaction numbers), and more recently, security tokens, and digital certificates.

The fact remains that online banking is not going anywhere and with the numbers of banks and credit unions offering these types of services, there will be plenty of competition to stimulate the development of new and better features.
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