I’m travelling to the US next month for the Consumer Electronics Show. Whenever I travel to the US, my arrival experience is exactly the same. De-plane. Receive hearty interrogation from border official. Pick up case. Remember I have no cash. Try ATM. Bank refuses due to possible fraud detection. Ring bank. Shout.
Did you know that the US is apparently highly placed on most bank’s payment fraud hotlists? Frustratingly, that means I now have to let my bank know of my movements before I travel, or else, no cash. That may be set to change however – Hot Hardware reports that VISA are looking into the use of a location based service to help with fraud detection.
The idea is that on most occasions, your credit cards aren’t too far away from your phone – if they’re in close proximity during a transaction, chances are, it’s really you making it. If your card is making a transaction in New Orleans and you’re in San Francisco – maybe not.
Sure there’s still a lot to work out. What happens if your phone gets stolen, for example, or you leave it at a friend’s house by accident before you travel? But if it helps reduce the number of payment and cash withdrawal blocks I get when I travel, you can sign me up right away.
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