HBZ launches virtual lockers

Habib Bank AG Zurich (HBZ) today launched a virtual information store, HBZeLocker. Accessible only with the use of HBZsecure key, this tool allows account holders to securely store sensitive data such as credit card details, passwords, passport particulars using strong encryption algorithms.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  April 19, 2004

Habib Bank AG Zurich (HBZ) today launched a virtual information store, HBZeLocker. Accessible only with the use of HBZsecure key, this tool allows account holders to securely store sensitive data such as credit card details, passwords, passport particulars and other private information using strong encryption algorithms. “Secure data storage is something that many of our clients have been asking for and all of our account holders can benefit from. Just like a traditional bank locker that securely holds precious documents or jewellery, the HBZeLocker holds valuable data. As we move into a knowledge based economy we all need somewhere where we can securely store our valuable data,” says Reza Habib, joint president, Habib Bank AG Zurich. The purpose of HBZeLocker is to provide an additional layer of security and enable clients to store their private data in a secure environment and have it accessible worldwide. HBZeLocker is available immediately for all HBZ account holders and is free of charge. To access HBZeLocker customers need to obtain their free HBZsecure key, which promises security to a level far higher than any other bank in the United Arab Emirates claims HBZ. The 37-year old bank’s financial, consumer, private, retail and correspondent banking services and products, available across it’s network of 30 branches are now available online said HBZ. HBZweb, available at Habibbank.com, also provides over eighty options for account holders to transact and query account information. HBZsecure key provides an additional layer of security on top of the 128-bit SSL (secure socket layer) connection. Delivered on a physical media such as mini CD ROMs, SD cards (secure stamp-sized flash memory card), USB flash drive (a portable USB hard drive is used for storage and transportation of data and applications) or virtually any media of the user's choice. According to HBZ, the secure key is mandatory for some of the more sensitive web options like HBZcms, an online third party fund transfer option or HBZeLocker that customers can access online. Options include secure mail, unlimited secondary account login management, global unified login access, event driven mobile and PDA banking (HBZgsm/HBZpda) allowing monitoring of accounts and alerts, bill payment, third party fund transfers (HBZsecure key), electronic Letters of Credit (HBZeLC) and document level drilling. Additionally, downloading of statements of accounts with live history for over eight years for all accounts in either MS Excel, text and XML formats, also allows clients easy integration with their own systems explained the bank officials.

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