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Bank of America's Security Now a Marshmallow with New Fingerprint API

By Steve Anderson
April 26, 2016

Application programming interfaces (APIs) are cropping up all over, delivering value for users who put these to work in a variety of settings. Recently, Bank of America found its own API for value in the Marshmallow Fingerprint API, a system that allows Android devices running the Marshmallow version of Android access to the fingerprint sensor found in said devices as a means of securing an account.

With the update to the Bank of America app, users now have access to the Marshmallow Fingerprint API, as well as the Samsung Fingerprint API which Bank of America originally supported. Users can now sign into an account with a fingerprint taken from a device's fingerprint scanner, usually found in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and forward, as well as others like the Nexus 6P. That's not the only upgrade on hand; users can now change how the Bank of America app takes pictures of checks, as well as the ability to order new checks direct from the app.

While there's been an unusually long lag in bringing this support to the field, by some reports, the fact that it's in place at all should prove welcome for users. Users want the best of protection around online banking tools—it's where many of us keep our savings, after all—but adding one more super-secure password to the mix of super-secure passwords we already have for our email accounts, our various online operations and others can be tough to keep track of. Using biometric data like fingerprints, retinal scans or voiceprints helps give us the benefit of a really secure protection method—who has fingerprints like we do, after all—that's always available wherever we go. That makes for strong security that anyone can use, and decreases the chances of unauthorized account access.

In the end, the addition of Marshmallow Fingerprint API to the Bank of America app should be a welcome addition. Even if not that many people use it, for those who do, it should be valuable, and may even prompt other banks to put it in place. That will help keep us all safer in the end, and just from a fingerprint scan.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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