By Julian Davidson
If you belong to the generation that feeds on technology then Internet banking shouldn’t at all be an issue for you. The Internet for you is the place to get things done quickly without actually going out. Banking is one of these things. For those who are a bit older, the concept of not interfacing with a human inside the bank will be a bitter pill to swallow. They still are yet to be convinced so it is necessary to weigh the advantages and disadvantages for Internet banking.
Apprehensive people know about the many wonders of the Internet and they have heard so much about Internet banking but they are still paying their bills by mail and depositing checks at their branch.
Many people are already using the Internet to shop for items, or even financial packages for mortgages and loans but when it’s time to finalize, they still opt to go to the office of the company they chose and seal things with an agent.
Before comparing the advantages and disadvantages for Internet banking, let us first define the concept so others who do not know yet can have an idea.
The What and Who in online banking
When the Internet started to become very popular and computers began to become more and more advanced, many businesses started to shift their attention to the trend and established their online presence. This same trend also started to reshape the banking industry.
In the past, banks used computers to automate their daily transactions. These days, there hardly is any paper work at all since everything is done online via the bank’s network system. The only thing that serves as a transaction record is the receipt a shopper gets when she’s at the POS of her favorite boutique.
For banks, their Internet presence is a value-added service for existing and new customers.
Online banking goes by so many other names like PC banking, home banking, electronic banking, or Internet banking.
The first ones to test the waters were the large national banks. Soon, regional banks, smaller banks, financial companies, and credit unions joined in and implemented their own electronic banking system based on the Internet. These institutions that have expanded to online have since then referred to as brick-to-click banks as opposed to brick-and-mortar banks. The latter refers to those, which are yet to offer online banking o their customers.
Aside from the brick-to-clicks, there are “virtual” banks that have emerged. These are banks that do not have physical offices or branches, and any tellers or agents. These banks exist only in cyberspace but they still are covered by the same federal regulations that cover the ordinary banks.
Nowadays, the large banks have sites that provide fully secured and fully functioning online banking services that give their customers ultimate convenience. The smaller ones which are a bit more cautious to go full circle offer access to limited banking services like viewing of account balance and history viewing only.
The more banks that go online and succeed in making their services secured, the more that people will have lesser doubts about the advantages and disadvantages for Internet banking.
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Advantages and Disadvantages For Internet Banking
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