The UK's newest retail bank, Metro Bank, is set to use Trusteer's Rapport browser plug-in to secure customer access to its online banking portal.
The bank is tight-lipped about how many customers it serves online – it still has only four branches or 'stores' with plans for more – but consumers and businesses will from today have the option of installing the software to protect against the predatory Trojans such as Zeus/SpyEye.
Once installed Rapport checks the credentials of the site it is connecting to before setting up an encrypted channel through which all bank logins are exchanged. Keylogging malware is locked out of a session using proprietary technology. It is also designed to bank Trojan threats on infected PCs.
If the system defends customers against current online bank threats it also offers banks some assurance too. Rapport doesn't appear to be mandatory for Metro Bank's online customers but could become so.
"When we launched in July, we wanted to differentiate our services from other high street banks. We take the security of our customers very seriously and that means we have the best security components available," said Metro Bank's CEO, Craig Donaldson.
Rapport is already used by a number of UK banks, incuding Alliance & Leicester, First Direct, NatWest, HSBC, and Santander UK.
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