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Lead Story

CNP fraud: Evolving strategies for an evolving market

Patti Murphy

News

Industry Update

Farewell to Kenneth T. Elderts, respected leader and friend

Chip and PIN debate roils retail, payments sectors

EMV advances beyond compliance

Office Depot sues Delaware for audit overreach

Features

GS Advisory Board:
The state of mobile today - Part 3

Banks ripe for disruption

Jeff Thorness

Views

What's in your payment mix?

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

Wake up and certify more EMV terminals

Steven Feldshuh
Merchants

Bankers' issues are our issues

Brandes Elitch
CrossCheck Inc.

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Bid farewell to traditional job security

John Tucker
1st Capital Loans LLC

The good, the bad, and the payday loan

Brett Husak
National Bank Services

Going beyond data breach reporting in the United States

Fran Sachs and Lorie Schrameck
CSR Professional Services Inc.

Company Profile

TransPay Processing

New Products

Real-time ID scans to limit fraud, boost conversions

Netverify
Jumio Corp.

Free, cloud-based tablet POS

Zero POS
retailcloud

Inspiration

Embrace pauses during presentations

Departments

Letter from the editors

Readers Speak

Resource Guide

Datebook

A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

August 22, 2016  •  Issue 16:08:02

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Readers Speak

Press a finger, pay remotely

I've heard that Apple Pay will soon be available on both mobile and desktop ecommerce websites. Its use of fingerprint authentication looks like the right solution at the right time to circumvent CNP fraud, which is expected to increase exponentially as EMV acceptance becomes more widespread. Do you agree?

Mike Hunter, Merchant Level Salesperson

Mike,

The new Apple Pay functionality looks promising, and Apple Inc. has indicated it should be available in time for the booming year-end holiday season. You are correct that biometric authentication, in this case fingerprints, is more secure than the passwords currently in use for card-not-present (CNP) ecommerce.

It is possible to steal fingerprint scans, but making use of them in conjunction with the iPhones associated with them poses significant obstacles for fraudsters, so it's not a lucrative proposition for them right now. Also, Apple does not store fingerprint data in a central database; it is only stored locally on each phone, so thieves can't grab massive amounts of biometric data in one intrusion.

Apple fans who already have iPhones and Mac computers won't have to acquire anything new to use Apple Pay for the web on their desktops (desktop transactions are still more prevalent than mobile web transactions). The downside is that people who do not own an iPhone and an Apple computer will not be able to use Apple Pay for the web to shop from their desktops. It only works with an iPhone in conjunction with a computer running the Safari browser.

The good news for those left out of the Apple Pay loop is that Google stated it is working to bring Android Pay to websites. If this happens, and we have every reason to believe it will, ecommerce payment giant PayPal just might get a run for its money.

Editor

What's our take on biometric ID?

If they are stolen, fingerprints and retina scans can't be replaced the way passwords can. Does this give you pause, or are you confident criminals won't be able to use stolen biometric data to their advantage? Let us know what you think at greensheet@greensheet.com.

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