Improving online security

Improving online security
MasterCard SecureCode

A recent MasterCard survey revealed that 70 percent of consumers are worried about card security while shopping online. Of consumers who currently don't shop online, 45 percent said they would if security increased. Enter MasterCard SecureCode, a program designed to do just that. Using SecureCode is similar to using a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at an ATM, and signing up is easy. Just go to When making a purchase at a participating online merchant, a First National window will pop up asking for your private SecureCode. Within seconds, your identity will be confirmed and the purchase completed. For First National Bank Alaska MasterMoney and BusinessCard debit cardholders, SecureCode is already in effect. SecureCode will soon take effect for MasterCard credit cardholders. "This program provides extra reassurance that if someone has your card number and expiration date, they can't make unauthorized purchases online with participating merchants," Electronic Banking Manager Valerie Bale said. Industry experts predict SecureCode will help more consumers feel comfortable shopping online, and online purchases will increase. More information about SecureCode can be found at BACK

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