Ivan Schneider: Down With Internet Banks, Long Live Mobile Banks
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are slowing banks' Websites to a crawl. An alternative, DDoS-proof approach would be to carve out dedicated capacity for banking transactions in telecom networks.
ATMs might become a casualty of the cashless society, but bank branches would remain as places to open accounts, discuss financial products, and ask questions. Even ATMs could survive as bill payment centers.
And yes, I also like cash, if for no other reason that it looks good piled up at the end of televised poker tournaments.
...I think you're right Ivan that eventually we'll doing less banking on the Internet and more via mobile applications. I hope that regular brick-and-mortar banks and ATMs survive for longer, but I think that depends on how soon we get to that "cashless society" that I keep hearing about.
By the way, who really wants a cashless society? I like cash.
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