Switching to online banking has its obvious perks, most notably, having complete access to the bank and features without having to physically go into your local brick-and-mortar. However, mobile banking apps still have some consumers worried about the security threats that come with using the Internet. This brings us to the question– are mobile banking apps safe?

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The Future of Mobile Banking

In today’s digital era, people globally are adjusting to the accessibility that fintech and mobile banking apps offer. Fintech, more formally referred to as financial technology, is an innovative economic industry banded together by companies whose main objective is to make financial services more efficient. Marygold & Co., a fintech service, offers a banking app that allows anyone in the United States to send, receive, save, and spend money directly from their smartphones.

Fintech companies are experiencing rapid customer growth, competing directly with big banks and credit unions. Other digital payment services like Marygold & Co., Venmo, and Paypal have made transferring funds over the internet swift and easy, surpassing traditional person-to-person payment methods. These online payment methods have eliminated geographical obstacles to participating in a global marketplace, making transactions everywhere more efficient.

Additionally, mobile and self-service banking has allowed customers to quickly transfer funds, check account balances, and deposit checks, directly from their smartphones.

How Safe is Online Banking?

Despite favoring the convenience of online banking, there still seems to be a certain degree of distrust with customers switching to online banking because of the ongoing threat of cyber-attacks. Due to this continuous risk, fintech companies are continuously improving security systems to prevent such occurrences.

Through secure servers, firewalls, and strong encryption, online banking is considerably safer than banking in person. 

Online Security Risks

Mobile malware, app assurance, data protection, and identity management are other security measures taken by financial institutions to ensure your money stays guarded and accessible. Online banking is generally safer than other consumer activities online, which includes many types of shopping. Therefore the security risks from online banking won’t differ too much from the risks associated with other internet activity consumers are choosing to partake in.

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Advanced Security Technology

The innovative and customizable Marygold & Co. app continuously employs rigorous encryption standards to protect your money and identity – ensuring your mobile banking experience is not only convenient but safe too. Marygold & Co. knows how important security is, which is why they have added extra security features like liveness checks, to ensure you are who you say you are. More personalized services can be provided through API (application programming interface) technology that can cater to an array of needs and preferences. This innovative app provides customizable security controls, giving the customer full control and security of their mobile banking.

EMV Technology

All Marygold & Co. customers will receive their Mastercard© Debit Card fully equipped with an EMV chip as an extra layer of security. EMV chips are specifically encrypted to stop fraudulent transactions at the point-of-purchase, proving to be effective in reducing physical card counterfeit in regions where chip cards have outdated magstripe technology. Most banking cards have the EMV chip embedded in them.

NFC Technology

On top of the magstripe technology and the EMV chip, Marygold & Co. incorporates a third level of security and embeds all Mastercard© bank cards with NFC chips (Near Field Communication). This NFC chip is the highest form of security available. These chips support tap and pay transactions that don’t require signatures or PIN numbers. An NFC chip is an innovative card chip technology that provides a secure method for businesses and customers to exchange and store credit card and debit card data. On top of embedding your card with an NFC chip, Marygold & Co. provides wearables items, such as bracelets and keychains, with the embedded NFC chip as well. Simply tap your item near the card reader and boom, transaction made.

Turn Card On & Off

One of the cutting-edge security features offered to Marygold & Co. customers is the ability to toggle a card on and off. If you’ve ever misplaced your bank card, you’re aware of the panic that overwhelms you at that moment. “What if someone finds my card and spends all my money?” is probably a thought that has crossed your mind. Thankfully, this innovative security feature allows you to disable your card through the app, preventing unauthorized purchases from being made on your account while you try to locate your card. Nothing is worse than ordering a new card and then finding your old one in between couch cushions.

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Additionally, all accounts with Marygold & Co. are FDIC insured, meaning your funds are federally protected against bank failure or theft. You can rest easy knowing your funds are insured and safeguarded with a government-backed guarantee.

Online Security Tips

Although there are advanced technologies in place to protect you and your money, it’s essential to remain vigilant when using technology to manage your finances. Using secure connections and avoiding public wi-fi are extra ways to protect your account. Weak passwords can also make your account vulnerable to cyber-attacks; therefore, it’s crucial to stick to a challenging password but also something you will remember.

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Account Monitoring

Online banking offers you 24/7 access, so frequently logging into your account may also make your account better at deterring any security threats. App users can easily access their recent purchases and transactions on their mobile devices and can enable transaction notifications, helping them track the movement of money in real life. Regular monitoring can help detect any changes or suspicious activity quickly. If you happen to catch any suspicious activity, make sure to contact your bank immediately.

Customizable Security Dashboard

Ultimately, online banking can give you a single view of all your finances while controlling and tracking all transactions in one place. Advanced technologies are making it easier for customers everywhere to stay safe while banking, but like with anything on the internet, individuals must remain careful.

Marygold & Co. holds the highest security standards to provide you with all the advantages fintech technology has to offer. This convenient and trailblazing app will give you access to your bank from the comfort of your home and an array of customizable security features, providing you with a banking experience that caters specifically to you.

Life and surprise expenses don’t always align with payday. It is important to be proactive in order to protect yourself (and your bank account) from unforeseen circumstances. Marygold & Co. banking services enable you to get your direct deposit paid up to two days earlier, certainly helping with those unexpected bills and expenses. But how does early direct deposit work?

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What is Early Direct Deposit?

Early direct deposit allows you to access your paycheck funds faster than most traditional banks.

The overwhelming majority of Americans receive a direct deposit of their paycheck. Depending on your payroll company, direct deposits are sent via ACH to your bank account up to two days early along with a designated posting date. Most institutions hold these funds until the paycheck posting date while actually earning interest on those funds.

Marygold & Co. will credit customer direct deposits on the date funds are received providing access to pay up to two days early.

Advantages of Early Direct Deposit

Direct deposit is already fast, convenient and the safest way to get paid. Getting paid early makes it that much better!

With early direct deposit, if your Marygold & Co. account receives your paycheck early, so do you.

Setting up direct deposit is easy and receiving your paycheck early with Marygold & Co. is automatic. With direct deposit, you can truly “set it and forget it.” Once you set it up, you’ll never again worry about accessing your paycheck funds.

With early direct deposit, your money can be earning interest up to two days earlier. This interest affords you more spending power for free.

How Do You Get Started?

  • Fill out your employer’s Direct Deposit Forms.  

Marygold & Co. customers can automatically access these forms for over 80,000 employers right from their app.

  • Send Payment Instructions 

Ask your employer to send payroll instructions to their bank.

  • Pass Payment Information 

Once your employer’s bank receives payment instructions it sends these data files to an Automated Clearing House. This starts a bank-to-bank electronic transfer from the employer’s bank to yours.

  • Organize Payment Information

The Automated Clearing House will organize all of your payments so that each payment is correct and sent to your bank.

  • Process the Payment

Once your bank receives its payment instructions, it starts the payment process.

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Is Direct Deposit Safe?

Yes! Direct deposit is an electronic payment.

It actually passes through fewer hands than other deposit methods.

CreditRepair.com notes that direct deposit is the safest way to receive funds.

The United States Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank dispel myths that point to a lack of safety of direct deposits.

Does Direct Deposit Work for Weekend Payments?

Direct deposit processes on business days. This excludes weekends and bank holidays.

What Happens if my Payday is a Holiday?

Direct deposits are usually paid on the banking day before the holiday. So, if Christmas fell on a Friday, your direct deposit would most likely occur on the Thursday before.

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Can My Direct Deposit Go Into My Savings Account?

Your direct deposit can typically be directed into the account of your choice and/or be split between accounts, like Marygold & Co. Money Pools.

How does Early Direct Deposit Differ from a Wire Transfer?

Wire transfers cost $35 nationally and $45 internationally. Direct deposits are free and are processed via Automated Clearing House (ACH).

Fastspring.com explains the difference between the two. Direct deposits are processed overnight. Wire transfers are processed and deposited instantly, however international wire transfers do take a little longer. So, early direct deposit is much faster than direct deposit but not as fast as a wire transfer.

Marygold & Co. Early Direct Deposit

Banking with Marygold & Co. gives you the most for your hard-earned dollars. Marygold & Co. offers fast, convenient mobile banking that includes early direct deposit and interest-earning APY. Marygold & Co. bank accounts are provided by Radius Bank, Member FDIC, a pursuant license from Mastercard International.  Deposits are guaranteed by FDIC insurance up to the maximum allowed for every client’s account.

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