Things You Should Know About Financial Apps

Financial apps help us manage our money and make life easier. Learn how to boost your security.

By Navy Federal January 2, 2019
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Many of us are using financial apps and digital tools like Acorns®, Venmo®, TurboTax® and Mint® to manage our finances, pay for things and generally make our lives easier. These tools use your personal information, such as your username and password, to provide personalized service. They may also use a third party, called a data aggregator, which typically collects and stores your personal and/or transaction information.

A lot of people like the convenience of having a digital tool that displays the financial information from all their accounts available in one place. They feel that having real-time access allows them to make smarter spending, saving and investment decisions.

Keep these tips in mind when using a digital tool:

  • Re-visit all the tools you’re using to see if you still find them helpful to use
  • Read the terms and conditions of any user agreement you accept—specifically around access rights to your account
  • Learn about the tool’s privacy and security policies

Additional Steps to Consider

There are a few things you can do to boost your security. Sign up for transaction alerts with your bank for any accounts you have connected to the service. That way, you’ll be notified right away of any suspicious activity. Be cautious of how you access the digital tool, too. Always use a secure connection and don’t handle any financial transactions on public WiFi.

If, at some point, you decide to stop using a digital financial tool, cancel your account and change the passwords on all bank accounts where they had access.

At Navy Federal, account security is our top priority. We stay up to date on the latest security and technology trends and share that information with our members. Learn more by visiting our Security Center.

Acorns is a registered trademark of Acorns Grow, Inc.

Venmo is a registered trademark of PayPal, Inc.

TurboTax and Mint are registered trademarks of Intuit Inc.

This article is intended to provide general information and shouldn't be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consult a tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation.