BMO Harris Bank, Citizens Bank offer Touch ID fingerprint authentication

August 1, 2015 - 

BMO Harris Bank has integrated Touch ID and Passcode technologies into its mobile banking app, enabling customers to log into their account using their fingerprint.

The new authentication feature enables mobile banking customers on iPhone models 5S, 6, and 6 Plus to sign onto the BMO Harris Mobile Banking App quickly and securely.

Android users will be able to use numerical password, Passcode, to access the app quickly.

After signing in, customers will be able to view their balance and recent transactions, as well as use BMO Harris Bank’s cardless ATM network, Mobile Cash.

“BMO Harris Bank is dedicated to investing in technology that makes the digital banking experience quicker, easier and more secure for our customers,” said Cesar Rainusso, BMO Financial Group’s VP of digital channels for North American channel strategy and solutions. “Recognizing that our customers already have many passwords to remember, the integration of Touch ID and Passcode simplifies the user experience and securely enhances our mobile banking app.”

The BMO Harris Mobile Banking app can now be downloaded for free from the App Store on iPhone or at

Meanwhile, Citizens Bank has introduced Touch ID authentication for its iOS mobile-banking app.

The financial institution operates 1,200 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid‐Atlantic, and Midwest regions.

Touch ID, which uses a customer’s fingerprint to authenticate, enables customers to quickly log in and access the features in the Citizens mobile-banking app for iPhone with the press of a finger.

“Our customers continue to tell us that they want to be able to bank when, where and how they want, and the addition of Touch ID represents our continued commitment to delivering the services that our customers tell us will help them to bank better,” said Brad Conner, vice chairman of consumer banking at Citizens Bank.

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