I don't see why they don't make these into an app for android/ios.
Have had to use one the Nationwide for the past year now. TBH I can't see a problem, anything that makes it more secure is a good thing. Compare this to Egg who just require address, DOB, Mothers Maiden Name and a password that can be as simple as you like to access your account.
My problem is not the extra authentication (that is a good thing IMHO, rather that fact I now have to type things out twice. Once online, and once into the keypad to get the authentication number. It's a bit of a faff IMHO. I'd be willing to pay for a USB model if it integrated with the website TBH.
Instead of a alternate way of doing something it simply makes you duplicate the process, in a not very useful way.
I have to say that Natwests use of two-factor authentication makes most sense to me. You're only asked to use the card reader if you are adding a new payee, and the first time you pay that new payee. If the payee already exists and you have already paid them you don't require the card reader, and when you login you don't require the card reader.
Nationwide however has a system that constantly frustrates me. Even more so now that they're making it a requirement that you use your card reader to login, and are required to use the card reader for each and every transaction.
Smile - the online bank from the co-op issued these a while back.
They work differently to the lloyds one as they only respond to a simple string of numbers the on-line banking site puts out. Still an inconvenience, but better than the lloyds design it would seem.
RBS have them and I have had mine for a while, the only real time I need to use it is to setup a new PAYEE not to actually do a transfer to them after that point which seems sensible as if they hackers got into my account they could only transfer money to my sister or any premade ones I created.
Natwest have one of the best online banking systems so far. I have one of those card reader things but only have to use it when setting a new payment place or DD.
We use Barclays and that PIN sentry machine extensively. All I ever have to with it is put a card in, enter my PIN and use the code it generates. All the twiddly bits with the account, payee and amount are done on the website. when I make a payment to a particular person, I can authorise the website to remember the details so that I don't have to use the PIN sentry to do it again for that payee.
Sounds like your bank has taken a good system (and Barclays have been praised for the security of their online banking) and make it worse.
Ok lets throw this one in,
With all the companies that want to insist on using these stupid machines, you want to log onto your account at work just to check ZZZ payment has gone through.
Oh you lot can't can you cos those stupid machines are left at home..... Thats why First Direct is soooo good. If you switch to FD I get money, go on someone tell them I sent you their way!
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