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WhatsApp Payments : How Does It Work?

WhatsApp just rolled out digital payments in Brazil! It is a good look at what could eventually be rolled out across the world – WhatsApp Payments!

 

WhatsApp Payments : What Is It?

On 16 June 2020, WhatsApp started rolling out digital payments to their users and businesses in Brazil.

By leveraging the recently-announced Facebook Pay, it allows WhatsApp users to send money, or pay for their purchases, directly through the app.

It also allows WhatsApp Business users to receive money or payments for their products or services.

 

WhatsApp Payments : Is That The Official Name?

They did not reveal an official name, calling it either digital payments on WhatsApp or simply payments on WhatsApp.

It could become WhatsApp Pay, like the recently-launched Facebook Pay, or Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Or it could be just Facebook Pay on WhatsApp.

But right now, for simplicity, we will use the placeholder name – WhatsApp Payments.

 

WhatsApp Payments : Cost + Limits

This is one of the first things people will want to know – is it FREE?

Well, it is free for WhatsApp users to send or receive money through WhatsApp, subject to these limits (for Brazil) :

  • Sending limit : 1000 BRL per transaction (approx. US$196 / £155 / S$272 / A$282 / RM 837)
  • Receiving limit : 20 transactions per day, or 5000 BRL per month (approx. US$977 / £775 / S$1361 / A$1412 / RM 4,181)

If you need to exceed that limit, you need to register for a WhatsApp Business account, which lets you accept unlimited payments, and credit card payments.

However, you will need to pay a flat 3.99% processing fee, irrespective of the payment sum.

In addition, WhatsApp insists that free transfers are strictly restricted to “personal transfers between friends and family”.

All businesses, even very small ones who do NOT exceed those limits, must also use WhatsApp Business and pay the 3.99% processing fee.

Otherwise, they risk the blocking of their personal account, if WhatsApp catches them receiving payments.

 

WhatsApp Payments : How Does It Work?

WhatsApp currently restricts access to their setup methods to users in Brazil, but from what we can tell – here is basically how WhatsApp Payments work.

Setting It Up The First Time

  1. Install WhatsApp and setup your WhatsApp account, if you have not already done so.
  2. Sign up for a Facebook Pay account, if you have not already done so.
  3. Create and verify your 6-digit Facebook Pay PIN.
  4. If you wish to use your fingerprint to authenticate payment, select the Use Fingerprint option.
  5. Key in your full legal first and last names and your CPF (identity card number)
  6. Add and verify at least one supported debit / debit-enabled combo card. You can add a credit card, but they can only be used to pay businesses.

To Make Payments On WhatsApp

  1. Open a chat with the person or business you wish to send money to.
  2. Tap the Attach (paperclip) icon, and select Payment.
  3. Key in the amount you wish to send.
  4. Authenticate the payment using the 6-digit Facebook Pay PIN or your fingerprint.
  5. The money will be transferred to the recipient, and you will both receive notifications in the chat window.

 

WhatsApp Payments : What Cards Are Supported?

Currently, WhatsApp will support these Visa / Mastercard debit or credit cards in Brazil :

  • Banco do Brasil
  • Nubank
  • Sicredi

 

WhatsApp Payments : How Secure Is It?

To assure everyone that their transactions are secure, WhatsApp listed these security and privacy steps :

  • Encryption between your phone and WhatsApp servers keeps your payment information secure.
  • Advanced data storage contains multiple layers of hardware and software protection.
  • Facebook Pay PIN protection and device biometrics adds extra security before sending money.
  • You can only send money from your WhatsApp account once you have provided the correct debit or credit card information and verified that you’re the authorized user.

 

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Samsung Pay Now Supports Boost e-Wallet!

Samsung Malaysia just announced that Samsung Pay will now support Axiata Digital’s Boost e-wallet! Here are the details!

 

Samsung Pay Now Supports Boost e-Wallet!

As part of Samsung Pay’s third anniversary, Samsung Malaysia is partnering with Axiata Digital to add support for the Boost e-wallet to Samsung Pay.

With the Boost integration, Samsung Pay users will have an easier option to perform cashless payments with cash merchants and small business owners, even if they do not have a physical credit or debit card.

The Boost integration will be particularly useful for small businesses operating in night markets, food trucks and bazaars.

The Boost option will also be useful for students and younger users who do not have credit or debit cards. They can just use the Boost functionality for peer-to-peer money transfers.

In addition to online banking, the Boost e-wallet can be topped up using any Visa, Mastercard or AMEX credit or debit cards.

 

Samsung Pay + Boost : Additional Benefits

Both Samsung Pay and Boost each offer their own reward systems, so using the Boost QR payment within the Samsung Pay app will give you both Samsung Reward Points and Boost Coins.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Smartphones : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 +  Galaxy Z Flip smartphones, which support Samsung Pay.

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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GrabPay Scam : Don’t Link Your Debit Card / Bank Account!

Beware of a new GrabPay scam that can quickly suck your debit cards and bank account dry!

Don’t link your debit card or bank account with GrabPay, and SHARE this warning with your family and friends!

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Don’t Link Your Bank Account!

On 16 May 2020, Muhammad Syahir recounted how he was cheated of almost RM 900 through a GrayPay scam. Here is a brief summary of what happened :

  • The scammer created a new Instagram account, pretending to be the victim’s friend.
  • He messaged the victim asking for his phone number.
  • After receiving the victim’s phone number, he messaged him through Instagram to tell him about the GrabPay 8th Anniversary Campaign.
  • The victim was asked to look out for a GrabPay code, which would reveal what he won.

  • After sending the GrabPay code (not a TAC code) to the scammer, the victim saw RM 425 being debited into his GrabPay account. Unbeknownst to him, that money was from his own bank account!
  • A few minutes later, the victim received a notification that the RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • The scammer messaged him again on Instagram, asking for a second code that was sent to the victim.
  • The victim then received another notification from GrabPay stating that another RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • After that, the scammer blocked the victim on Instagram. That was when the victim got suspicious.
  • When the victim checked his bank account, he discovered that he lost RM 896.30 to the scammer.
  • In total, the scammer made 5 withdrawals through GrabPay – four from his debit card, and one from his bank account.

Another person – Patrick Saw – also fell for the same GrabPay scam, losing RM 405.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : GrabPay Flaws?

Muhammad Syahir highlighted what he felt were major flaws with GrabPay :

  1. GrabPay allows credit / debit card transactions without CVV verification or OTP from the bank.
  2. GrabPay will not notify you about any first-time login attempt of a different gadget in a different location.
  3. GrabPay does not require users to set-up a secured PIN for any big transactions – e.g. more than RM100.
  4. If your bank account is linked to your GrabPay e-wallet, there won’t be any SMS notification for bank transfers to your e-wallet.

According to his experience, the scammer only needed to use the Grab Activation Code to withdraw money from all bank accounts / debit cards linked to your GrabPay app.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : How To Avoid It?

To avoid falling prey to such a scam, here is what you should do :

  • NEVER accept a friendship request from a new social media account, until you have verified with your friend (through a phone call or face-to-face) that he/she created that new account.
  • NEVER send any code you receive to anyone. Even if it is a friend, why does he/she need the code that was sent to YOU?
  • Businesses will never give away free money for anniversaries. Don’t fall for such an old trick!
  • NEVER link your debit card or bank account to an e-wallet. Only link a credit card, because they are insured and protected against fraud. If you get scammed, you can call the bank to ask for a refund.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Original Post + Police Report

Here was what Muhammad Syahir posted earlier, together with his police report :

SCAM ALERT VIA GRAB PAY!
It happened to me last night and I have lost almost RM1K in a few minutes via Grab Pay.

The incident happened when one of my close friends re-created a new Instagram account and requested to follow me. He messaged me and asked for my phone number via Instagram message. Without any doubt, I gave him my phone number, knowing that he probably has lost my phone number.

He posted a few photos to his newly-created Instagram account so it does not look like a phishing account.

After that, he sent another message to me about GrabPay 8th year special campaign. He was telling me that I will send a message with a code to your phone and please let me know the code and I will see what you have won.

Grab Activation Code was sent to my phone number. It was an activation code not TAC code. I gave the activation code to him without any doubt because I know that he is my friend. Also, I was thinking of this is just an activation code, it has nothing to do with my bank accounts.

The tricks started here. I saw RM425 was debited to my GrabPay account and I did not know that it was from my bank account which was linked to the GrabPay account. After a few minutes, I received a new notification from the GrabPay that RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

The scammer then messaged me again on Instagram. Another activation code was sent to your phone, please let me know the code. Then, I have received another notification from GrabPay that another RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

When I was about to reply him a message, he blocked me up. That was the time that I know something fishy has happened. When I checked my Maybank2u, I have lost a total amount of RM896.30 from my bank account. The scammer has cleared all the money in my bank account and left RM60 balance to my GrabPay.

The scammer did a total of 5 transactions as you can see from my GrabPay activity picture below. 4 transactions were made directly via debit card which is linked to my GrabPay account and 1 transaction was made via Maybank2u. The scammer even managed to access my Maybank2u account from the GrabPay account.

It happened to me in a blink of an eye where you were blinded by this scammer who cat fished your close friend to do this scam.

On top of that, let me highlight the flaws of the GrabPay app:

1) Grab allows credit/debit card transaction without the bank’s authorization OTP and also the CVV verification.
2) Grab does not notify the user via email for any first-time login attempts of different gadgets in different location.
3) Upon registering this app for the past few years, Grab did not put a clause for the users to mandatorily set up their secured pin for any big transactions that are more than RM100.
4) Your bank account that is linked to your GrabPay will not notify you via sms for any debit transaction from the bank to the GrabPay.

*The scammer just need the Grab Activation Code and he can take all the money from your linked bank accounts on the Grab app. Such a flaw app!

Please be aware of this scam and help me to share this news. I have also tag a person who has faced the same case last week. You may also check on his Facebook profile. Patrick Saw has lost RM405 from the scammer who has approached him the same way as mine.

 

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TNG RFID Tags : How To Get One FREE @ Shell!

If you missed your last chance to get a free TNG RFID tag, don’t worry. Shell and TNG are offering another chance to get a free TNG RFID tag!

Here are the details on HOW and WHERE you can get yourself a free TNG RFID tag from Shell!

 

TNG RFID Tags : How To Get One FREE @ Shell!

To promote TNG RFID tags before they start implementing RFID fuel payments, Shell and Touch ‘n Go will give away 10,000 free TNG RFID tags at select Shell stations!

To get a free TNG RFID tag, all you have to do is spend at least RM50 using your Touch ‘n Go eWallet at these Shell stations.

  • Shell Wangsa Maju 2
  • Shell Taman Connaught
  • Shell STN Minyak Kota Warisan 1
  • Shell PLUS Highway Jalan Duta Klang Bound (entrance of NKVE Jalan Duta)
  • Shell Desa Aman Puri
  • Shell Jalan Kuchai Lama 2
  • Shell Kota Damansara Seksyen 6
  • Shell Sri Hartamas
  • Shell Jalan Kepong 2 (Lot 4086 Jalan Kepong)
  • Shell Jalan Cheras KM 5.5 (PT 7430 HSD)

But please note again that they only have 10,000 free TNG RFID tags to give away, and this promotion will only last from 15 February to 31 March 2020.

So go get your free TNG RFID from those select Shell stations ASAP!

 

TNG RFID Tag : What Is It?

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag to pass through tolls.

The TNG RFID Tag is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

Whenever the vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing the user to pass without stopping.

It can be purchased from Touch ‘n Go fitment centres for RM 35, and comes with a one-time replacement on the same vehicle (no time period).

 

TNG RFID Tag : Which Highways Support It?

The TNG RFID Tag is currently enabled for all Class 1 vehicles at these highways :

  1. Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
  2. Besraya Expressway (BESRAYA)
  3. Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE)
  4. Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR)
  5. Duta – Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
  6. Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
  7. Cheras – Kajang Highway (GRANDSAGA)
  8. Lebuhraya Grand Sepadu (GRANDSEPADU)
  9. Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muádzam Shah (JKSB)
  10. Penang Bridge (JPP)
  11. Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
  12. Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway (KLK)
  13. Lebuhraya KL – Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
  14. Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)
  15. Lebuhraya Kajang – Seremban (LEKAS) (Ampangan Plaza only)
  16. Lebuhraya Laluan Kedua Malaysia-Singapura (LINKEDUA)
  17. Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
  18. Maju Expressway (MEX)
  19. New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
  20. Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS)
    – Toll Plaza Mambau
    – Toll Plaza Lukut
    – Toll Plaza Kempas
    – Toll Plaza Lima Kedai
    – Toll Plaza Perling
    – Toll Plaza Tanjung Kupang
    – Toll Plaza Bangunan Sultan Iskandar
    – Toll Plaza Jitra
  21. Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)
  22. SMART Highway (SMART)
  23. Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT

Touch ‘n Go also shared that the PLUS highways will fully implement their RFID system in April 2020.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Where To Get It?

There are about 80 mobile fitment booths nationwide, with three permanent fitment centres in the Klang Valley :

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DUKE R&T Tol Segambut

Address : Plaza Tol Segambut, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (10 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Giant Hypermarket Kelana Jaya

Address : No 33, Jalan SS6/12, Kelana Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (11 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Touch ‘n Go Customer Experience Centre

Address : Tower 2A, Avenue 5, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours (Mon to Thu) : 9 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM
Opening Hours (Friday) : 9 AM to 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM to 5 PM
Location : Google Map | Waze

 

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TNG + Shell Announce RFID Fuel Payment + Offers!

Touch ‘n Go and Shell Malaysia just announced that they will introduce RFID fuelling through the use of TNG RFID. They also announced two promotions to promote TNG RFID at Shell stations!

 

TNG + Shell Announce RFID Fuel Payment

Touch ‘n Go and Shell Malaysia will sign a memorandum of understanding to introduce and use TNG RFID for fuel payments at Shell stations nationwide.

The introduction of TNG RFID fuelling will add a new benefit for TNG RFID users that currently number over 1 million to date.

The TNG RFID tag has an embedded radio-frequency chip, and is installed on the windscreen or headlamp of the vehicle.

An overhead scanner at the fuelling bay will read the signal from the TNG RFID tag, and deduct the cost of the fuel from the user’s TNG eWallet.

 

TNG + Shell Announce RFID + eWallet Offers

To spur the use of TNG RFID, Touch ‘n Go and Shell also announced two offers :

  • 15 February to 31 March 2020 : They will give away 10,000 free TNG RFID tags at select Shell stations to car owners who spend at least RM 50 using their Touch ‘n Go eWallet.
  • 17 February to 14 March 2020 : e-Tunai recipients will receive a cash back of RM 5 + RM 2 when they spend a minimum of RM 20 using their Touch ‘n Go eWallet at Shell stations nationwide.

Recommended : TNG RFID Tags : How To Get One FREE @ Shell!

 

TNG RFID Tag : What Is It?

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag to pass through tolls.

The TNG RFID Tag is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

Whenever the vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing the user to pass without stopping.

It can be purchased from Touch ‘n Go fitment centres for RM 35, and comes with a one-time replacement on the same vehicle (no time period).

 

TNG RFID Tag : Which Highways Support It?

The TNG RFID Tag is currently enabled for all Class 1 vehicles at these highways :

  1. Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
  2. Besraya Expressway (BESRAYA)
  3. Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE)
  4. Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR)
  5. Duta – Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
  6. Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
  7. Cheras – Kajang Highway (GRANDSAGA)
  8. Lebuhraya Grand Sepadu (GRANDSEPADU)
  9. Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muádzam Shah (JKSB)
  10. Penang Bridge (JPP)
  11. Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
  12. Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway (KLK)
  13. Lebuhraya KL – Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
  14. Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)
  15. Lebuhraya Kajang – Seremban (LEKAS) (Ampangan Plaza only)
  16. Lebuhraya Laluan Kedua Malaysia-Singapura (LINKEDUA)
  17. Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
  18. Maju Expressway (MEX)
  19. New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
  20. Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS)
    – Toll Plaza Mambau
    – Toll Plaza Lukut
    – Toll Plaza Kempas
    – Toll Plaza Lima Kedai
    – Toll Plaza Perling
    – Toll Plaza Tanjung Kupang
    – Toll Plaza Bangunan Sultan Iskandar
    – Toll Plaza Jitra
  21. Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)
  22. SMART Highway (SMART)
  23. Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT

Touch ‘n Go also shared that the PLUS highways will fully implement their RFID system in April 2020.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Where To Get It?

There are about 80 mobile fitment booths nationwide, with three permanent fitment centres in the Klang Valley :

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DUKE R&T Tol Segambut

Address : Plaza Tol Segambut, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (10 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Giant Hypermarket Kelana Jaya

Address : No 33, Jalan SS6/12, Kelana Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (11 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Touch ‘n Go Customer Experience Centre

Address : Tower 2A, Avenue 5, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours (Mon to Thu) : 9 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM
Opening Hours (Friday) : 9 AM to 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM to 5 PM
Location : Google Map | Waze

 

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TNG RFID Tag : Last Places To Get It FREE!

If you haven’t received your FREE TNG RFID tags yet, you can still get them… but only in a few selected places!

So check out the list below, and hurry up! This is really your LAST CHANCE to get the TNG RFID tags for FREE!

Recommended : TNG RFID Tags : How To Get One FREE @ Shell!

 

TNG RFID Tag : Last Places To Get It FREE!

On top of shutting down their RFID Fitment booths and centres, Touch ‘n Go has also announced that they are “running out” of free RFID tags.

Probably anticipating a public lash back, they put up a list of places where they are still able to offer free TNG RFID tags.

Klang Valley Opening Hours
Dpulze Cyberjaya (DTOX)
(P1-17, Car Park Entrance)
10 AM to 7 PM
Petronas Lingkaran Karak 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas TTDI 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Batu 6, Jalan Ipoh 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Bukit Jelutong 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Precint 9D Putrajaya 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Bandar Puteri Puchong 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Taman Melati 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Taman Len Seng, KL 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas TPM 1 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Equine Park 1 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Jalan Semenyih 11 AM to 8 PM
Petronas Sg Besi – Puchong Bypass 11 AM to 8 PM
Shell Kota Warisan 1 11 AM to 8 PM
Johor Bahru Opening Hours
Giant Hypermarket Plentong
(Ground Floor, beside Darson Electronic Shop)
10 AM to 10 PM
Giant Hypermarket Tampoi
(in front of Customer Service)
10 AM to 10 PM

 

TNG RFID Tag : What Is It?

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag to pass through tolls.

The TNG RFID Tag is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

Whenever the vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing the user to pass without stopping.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Which Highways Support It?

The TNG RFID Tag is currently enabled for all Class 1 vehicles at these highways :

  1. Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
  2. Besraya Expressway (BESRAYA)
  3. Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE)
  4. Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR)
  5. Duta – Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
  6. Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
  7. Cheras – Kajang Highway (GRANDSAGA)
  8. Lebuhraya Grand Sepadu (GRANDSEPADU)
  9. Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muádzam Shah (JKSB)
  10. Penang Bridge (JPP)
  11. Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
  12. Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway (KLK)
  13. Lebuhraya KL – Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
  14. Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)
  15. Lebuhraya Kajang – Seremban (LEKAS) (Ampangan Plaza only)
  16. Lebuhraya Laluan Kedua Malaysia-Singapura (LINKEDUA)
  17. Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
  18. Maju Expressway (MEX)
  19. New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
  20. Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS)
    – Toll Plaza Mambau
    – Toll Plaza Lukut
    – Toll Plaza Kempas
    – Toll Plaza Lima Kedai
    – Toll Plaza Perling
    – Toll Plaza Tanjung Kupang
    – Toll Plaza Bangunan Sultan Iskandar
    – Toll Plaza Jitra
  21. Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)
  22. SMART Highway (SMART)
  23. Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT

Touch ‘n Go also shared that the PLUS highways will fully implement their RFID system in April 2020.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Where To Get It?

There are about 80 mobile fitment booths nationwide, with three permanent fitment centres in the Klang Valley :

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DUKE R&T Tol Segambut

Address : Plaza Tol Segambut, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (10 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Giant Hypermarket Kelana Jaya

Address : No 33, Jalan SS6/12, Kelana Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (11 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Touch ‘n Go Customer Experience Centre

Address : Tower 2A, Avenue 5, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours (Mon to Thu) : 9 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM
Opening Hours (Friday) : 9 AM to 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM to 5 PM
Location : Google Map | Waze

 

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TNG RFID Fitment Centres To Close From 12-14 February!

Please be warned that Touch ‘n Go plan to shut down all TNG RFID Fitment Centres from 12-14 February 2020! Here is what we know so far…

 

Free RFID Tags @ TNG RFID Fitment Centres To End

During the 18-month pilot programme, Touch ‘n Go had been giving out free TNG RFID tags. That will end when they start charging RM35 for each TNG RFID Tag from 15 February 2020 onwards.

After that announcement, there was been a rush for the free TNG RFID tags, with reports of long queues, and mobile fitment booths running out of RFIG tags.

Recommended : TNG RFID Tags : How To Get One FREE @ Shell!

 

TNG RFID Fitment Centres To Close From 12-14 February!

It’s about to get even worse, because Touch ‘n Go apparently just issued a notice that they are shutting down their RFID Fitment Centres from 12-14 February 2020!

Now, you have to get your free TNG RFID tags today, or tomorrow, because all Touch ‘n Go RFID Fitment Centres will close from 12-14 February 2020. And as far as we know, this includes their mobile fitment booths as well.

Recommended : TNG RFID Tag : Last Places To Get It FREE!

 

TNG RFID Tag : What Is It?

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag to pass through tolls.

The TNG RFID Tag is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

Whenever the vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing the user to pass without stopping.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Which Highways Support It?

The TNG RFID Tag is currently enabled for all Class 1 vehicles at these highways :

  1. Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
  2. Besraya Expressway (BESRAYA)
  3. Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE)
  4. Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR)
  5. Duta – Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
  6. Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
  7. Cheras – Kajang Highway (GRANDSAGA)
  8. Lebuhraya Grand Sepadu (GRANDSEPADU)
  9. Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muádzam Shah (JKSB)
  10. Penang Bridge (JPP)
  11. Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
  12. Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway (KLK)
  13. Lebuhraya KL – Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
  14. Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)
  15. Lebuhraya Kajang – Seremban (LEKAS) (Ampangan Plaza only)
  16. Lebuhraya Laluan Kedua Malaysia-Singapura (LINKEDUA)
  17. Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
  18. Maju Expressway (MEX)
  19. New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
  20. Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS)
    – Toll Plaza Mambau
    – Toll Plaza Lukut
    – Toll Plaza Kempas
    – Toll Plaza Lima Kedai
    – Toll Plaza Perling
    – Toll Plaza Tanjung Kupang
    – Toll Plaza Bangunan Sultan Iskandar
    – Toll Plaza Jitra
  21. Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)
  22. SMART Highway (SMART)
  23. Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT

Touch ‘n Go also shared that the PLUS highways will fully implement their RFID system in April 2020.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Where To Get It?

There are about 80 mobile fitment booths nationwide, with three permanent fitment centres in the Klang Valley :

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DUKE R&T Tol Segambut

Address : Plaza Tol Segambut, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (10 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Giant Hypermarket Kelana Jaya

Address : No 33, Jalan SS6/12, Kelana Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (11 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Touch ‘n Go Customer Experience Centre

Address : Tower 2A, Avenue 5, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours (Mon to Thu) : 9 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM
Opening Hours (Friday) : 9 AM to 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM to 5 PM
Location : Google Map | Waze

 

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TNG RFID Tag To Cost RM35 From 15 Feb 2020 Onwards!

Touch ‘n Go will start charging RM 35 for their TNG RFID tags starting 15 February 2020. They also announced a RM 100,000 contest to promote TNG RFID! Here are the full details…

 

TNG RFID Tag To Cost RM35 From 15 Feb 2020 Onwards!

During the 18-month pilot programme, Touch ‘n Go has been giving out free TNG RFID tags. That will end when they start charging RM35 for each TNG RFID Tag from 15 February 2020 onwards.

If you want to get your free TNG RFID Tag, you can still do so until 14 February – yes, Valentine’s Day! We strongly recommend you get your free tag ASAP!

All TNG RFID tags are covered by a lifetime one-time replacement warranty, in case they are damaged or vandalised. You only need to purchase a separate RFID tag when you change your car.

In addition, if you add your existing Touch ‘n Go cards to your Touch ‘n Go eWallet to avoid them going dormant. And you will be able to receive your e-refunds on those cards.

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TNG RFID Ultimate Toll Pass Contest

Touch ‘n Go also announced a two-month promotion to kickstart their nationwide rollout – the Ultimate RFID Toll Pass!

From 15 February until 15 April 2020, 40 lucky winners will walk away with an Ultimate RFID Toll Pass worth RM 2,500 each in their Touch ‘n Go eWallet!

All you have to do is simply install and register for both the Touch ‘n Go eWallet, and the TNG RFID Tag!

 

TNG RFID Tag : What Is It?

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag to pass through tolls.

The TNG RFID Tag is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

Whenever the vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing the user to pass without stopping.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Which Highways Support It?

The TNG RFID Tag is currently enabled for all Class 1 vehicles at these highways :

  1. Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
  2. Besraya Expressway (BESRAYA)
  3. Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE)
  4. Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR)
  5. Duta – Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
  6. Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
  7. Cheras – Kajang Highway (GRANDSAGA)
  8. Lebuhraya Grand Sepadu (GRANDSEPADU)
  9. Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muádzam Shah (JKSB)
  10. Penang Bridge (JPP)
  11. Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
  12. Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway (KLK)
  13. Lebuhraya KL – Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
  14. Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)
  15. Lebuhraya Kajang – Seremban (LEKAS) (Ampangan Plaza only)
  16. Lebuhraya Laluan Kedua Malaysia-Singapura (LINKEDUA)
  17. Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
  18. Maju Expressway (MEX)
  19. New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
  20. Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS)
    – Toll Plaza Mambau
    – Toll Plaza Lukut
    – Toll Plaza Kempas
    – Toll Plaza Lima Kedai
    – Toll Plaza Perling
    – Toll Plaza Tanjung Kupang
    – Toll Plaza Bangunan Sultan Iskandar
    – Toll Plaza Jitra
  21. Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)
  22. SMART Highway (SMART)
  23. Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT 

Touch ‘n Go also shared that the PLUS highways will fully implement their RFID system in April 2020.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Where To Get It?

There are about 80 mobile fitment booths nationwide, with three permanent fitment centres in the Klang Valley :

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DUKE R&T Tol Segambut

Address : Plaza Tol Segambut, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (10 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Giant Hypermarket Kelana Jaya

Address : No 33, Jalan SS6/12, Kelana Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun (11 AM to 8 PM)
Location : Google Map | Waze

Touch ‘n Go Customer Experience Centre

Address : Tower 2A, Avenue 5, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours (Mon to Thu) : 9 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM
Opening Hours (Friday) : 9 AM to 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM to 5 PM
Location : Google Map | Waze

 

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Now Everyone Can Setel Across Malaysia!

PETRONAS just announced that they are rolling out Setel across Malaysia! Now everyone can enjoy the convenience of using Setel to pay at the pump!

 

Setel What?

Setel is a free e-wallet app that was introduced in July 2018, as an e-payment solution for PETRONAS stations.

It lets you remotely pay in the car, refuel it at the pump, and go – without the need to go to the cash counter, or swiping a credit card.

 

Now Everyone Can Setel Across Malaysia!

Initially rolled out only in the Klang Valley, Setel recorded over 3 million transactions as of January 2020.

Thanks to that early success, they decided to roll it out to over 700 PETRONAS stations all over Malaysia. So now, everyone can Setel!

In addition, the app now allows you to redeem Mesra points for fuel directly into the app, offering even more convenience!

 

What To Setel Next?

Setel Ventures CEO Iskandar Ezzahuddin also revealed what features they are planning to add in the near future :

  • Setel Connect : an automated car-to-pump pairing feature that would automatically connect the driver to the pump, allowing for one-touch payments.
  • Setel for Family : family profiles that allow users to pay for fuel and earn Mesra points as a family
  • Flash Sale : you will be able to purchase food, drinks, and more while refuelling, and pick up your purchases from the Setel Pit Stop on the way out.

 

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Razer Pay Review – Definitely Not Ready For Prime Time!

Razer Pay came out in full force at MyFintech Week 2019, but we were very disappointed with what we discovered when we tried it out for ourselves.

We found some truly mind-boggling issues and bizarre design choices in Razer Pay. We reached out to the Razer Pay team for their feedback, and hope they will fix these issues ASAP!

 

Razer Pay

From what we understand, the current Razer Pay app is a brand new app. No longer a reskinned version of MOLPay they bought over last year.

Yet it feels half-baked, even though it is chock-full of features. You can transfer money to your friends, perform mobile top-ups, and even purchase game credits or streaming services.

 

Why Razer Pay Is Still Not Ready For Prime Time

Installation was a breeze, but once we started the registration process, we noticed a few troubling things…

Issue #1 : No Confirmation Of Critical Information

Razer Pay will require you to key in three pieces of critical information :

  • a password to protect your app, and ensure that only you can access it and make changes
  • a passcode to authorise payments
  • your email address for verification and password recovery

A mistake in any of the above will result in a registration failure, or worse – getting locked out of your own Razer Pay account.

This is why most app designers will insist that you key in those information TWICE, so they can verify that you entered them correctly.

Unfortunately, the Razer Pay team chose to ignore industry best practices… so GG to those who are prone to typos…

Issue #2 : SMS OTP Failure

After you key in your phone number, Razer Pay will send a 6-digit One Time Password (OTP) to your phone number.

However, the OTP SMS never arrived.

Fortunately, they did not forget to include a Resend code option, because everyone we knew who tried it over a few days received it only on the second try.

Corrected : After we pointed out to them, Razer Pay said they switched to a different OTP service provider.

These things happen, of course, but considering they were demonstrating and promoting the app and service at MyFintech Week 2019, they should have gone with a more reliable service provider.

Issue #3 : Your Registration Will Fail If You Use A Referral QR Code

Now this was really bizarre… Using a referral QR code will cause the account registration to fail.

It will just get stuck at “Creating your account…

In the end, you will have to kill the app, which means losing whatever you keyed in earlier.

But don’t waste your time trying again, because it will keep failing…

Corrected : After we pointed out to them, the Razer Pay team identified the problem and resolved it for Android users… but iOS users had to wait a few more days for the fix.

Issue #4 : They Use Your Phone Number As The Personal Invite Code!

Razer Pay offers you a pitiful RM 1 (US$0.24) for each person you refer. But to support your endeavour to earn a free cup of coffee, they offer you two options – a QR code and a manual code.

When you click to share the code manually, you will note that it lists your PHONE NUMBER as the Personal Code!

This would be a SERIOUS breach of privacy, if they are actually using your phone number as the referral code, even if it was hidden in a QR code.

After all, many people post their referral codes online, and do not expect to share their phone numbers, which are highly personal and private…

The Razer Pay team later clarified that when you click on the Share icon, the app will generate a QR code with an encrypted invitation code, like this :

https://api-my.pay.razer.com/v1/creatingInvitationLinks?inviteCode=edc34d7b95f740a7a213f04fd212eacc&country=Malaysia

Apparently, that encrypted invitation code is generated using your actual phone number… so someone on their team decided to put it there.

It’s mind-boggling why they decided to post your phone number under Share Your Invite Code, because it would only lead users to assume that their phone number is the actual referral code.

And even though it’s encrypted, anyone would be able to figure out your actual phone number if they have the encryption algorithm (through hacking or leaks). It would be better to create a separate account number, which offers an additional layer of obfuscation.

Not Corrected : Razer Pay said that they would remove the phone number as Personal Code, but as of today, it is still there.

Issue #5 : The Manual Referral Code Does Not Work

Razer Pay actually includes an option to key in a referral code manually. That implies two things :

  • the Personal Code (as shared in Issue #4) is the manual referral code
  • you can install Razer Pay and add your friend’s referral code after registration

However, neither are true… because even if you try to use the phone number, you will get the error code that “This code does not exist“.

If you extract the encrypted code (e.g. edc34d7b95f740a7a213f04fd212eacc) and key that in instead, you will get a different error code in broken English – “You register before accepting the invitation, you cannot accept the invitation

In other words, the manual referral code entry option is pointless, because there is no way to add any referral code after you register

According to Razer Pay, the problem may occur if the code is generated after the user registers his or her account.

However, we tried this with another account and it didn’t work. Oh well…

 

Razer Pay Still Has A LONG Way To Go

Now everyone and their grandfathers want to create their own e-wallet. It’s getting really absurd, because guess what – we all lived with a single wallet but now you want us to juggle multiple e-wallets???

Eventually, people will settle on one, maybe two e-wallets… and for those who are trying to become the e-wallet of choice, it pays to prepare well and execute flawlessly.

For now, Razer Pay still has a long way to go before we will even consider using it as a secondary e-wallet, never mind our primary e-wallet, or an actual replacement for our wallets.

If we have one piece of advice for them, it would be to actually test their app and services before deploying. Generally, users do not like to feel like beta testers, especially when it comes to finance…

Note : We have only commented so far on the registration and referral features. If we start talking about the other features… well, it’s gonna be a really long review!

 

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The Razer Pay QR Code Giveaway + Iriz Contest Revealed!

At the Malaysia Tech Week 2019, Razer Fintech announced the Razer Pay Iriz contest, as well as a QR code giveaway! We also snagged a SPECIAL Starbucks QR code just for you guys!

So don’t miss this opportunity to get some great freebies from Razer Pay, and the chance to win a Proton Iriz too!

 

The Razer Pay Iriz Contest

The Razer Pay Iriz Contest started on 1 June 2019, and ends on 30 June 2019, so you still have a chance!

All you have to do is just use Razer Pay for a chance to win a special Razer Edition 2019 Proton Iriz!

The Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Neo, even came to impart his signature on the Razer Edition 2019 Proton Iriz!

The Razer Pay Iriz contest was organised by Razer Fintech in collaboration with Proton, 7-Eleven, Starbucks, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, and MyFintech Week 2019.

 

Razer Pay QR Code Giveaway

In addition to the contest, Razer is also giving away these QR codes which you can redeem from now until 30 June 2019.

Officially, you have to go to the Razer Pay booth at Malaysia Tech Week 2019 to obtain these QR codes, but just for you guys, we prepared these QR codes so you can redeem them in the comfort of your home or office! 😀

If you wish to share these with your friends, please refer them to THIS ARTICLE instead. Thank you!

First, Create A Razer Pay Account

You need to first create a Razer Pay account. Use this link or this QR code to get started quickly :

After setting it up, use the Scan option to scan these QR codes!

RM 3 Off All Razer Pay Merchants!

  • Get RM 3 discount, with a minimum spend of RM 7
  • Offer ends on 30 June 2019
  • Limited to 1 redemption per user

20% Off All Razer Pay Merchants! Updated!

  • Get 20% instant discount, up to RM 20
  • Offer ends on 30 June 2019
  • Limited to 1 redemption per user

RM 3 Off 7-Eleven & 99 Speedmart

  • Get RM 3 discount, with no minimum spend
  • Offer ends on 30 June 2019
  • Limited to 1 redemption per user

50% Off Starbucks & Tealive

  • Get 50% discount, up to RM 5
  • Offer ends on 30 June 2019
  • Limited to 1 redemption per user

 

Special RM 20 Starbucks QR Code Giveaway

We also obtained a SPECIAL RM 20 Starbucks QR code giveaway.

If you wish to share this QR code with your friends, please refer them to THIS ARTICLE instead. Thank you!

  • Get RM 20 discount off your Starbucks Coffee purchase
  • Offer ends on 30 June 2019
  • Limited to 1 redemption per user (first come, first served!)

 

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Tealive To Offer Great Deals For Touch ‘n Go eWallet Users!

Bubble tea lovers rejoice! Tealive and TNG Digital just kicked off a year-long partnership. What this means is special deals on selected Tealive drinks for Touch ‘n Go eWallet users!

Here are the full details of the Tealive and TNG Digital partnership!

 

Tealive To Offer Great Deals For Touch ‘n Go eWallet Users!

At the launch event today, Bryan Loo, CEO of Loob Holdings, revealed that their last collaboration with TNG Digital saw 833,000 drinks sold in just 6 weeks.

They are now partnering with TNG Digital for a full year, to promote the Touch ‘n Go eWallet to bubble tea lovers.

Syahrunizam Samsudin, CEO of TNG Digital said, “Malaysians are passionate about tea, and technology allows us to enable these moments. We are extremely excited that Tealive shares this vision with us and together, we want to make a difference in the lives of Malaysians in the simplest and most meaningful way.

 

The Tealive Ramadan Deal!

Tealive will kick off a Ramadan campaign, where users can enjoy their favourite Tealive drink for just RM 2.50 when they pay with their Touch ‘n Go eWallet.

The campaign will begin on 5 May 2019 and last until 15 June 2019.

 

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Watch How Easy It Is To Use Samsung Pay!

With the early access programme for Maybank Visa customers, Samsung is getting ready to roll out Samsung Pay on a massive scale in Malaysia. After their announcement of the official availability of Samsung Pay for Maybank customers, we were given the opportunity to check out just how easy it is to use Samsung Pay, instead of our credit or debit cards.

In this article, you will learn about Samsung Pay’s key features, and find out just how easy it is to use Samsung Pay.

 

Samsung Pay : More Than A Payment Service

Samsung Pay is a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used almost everywhere that credit / debit / prepaid cards are accepted. It offers these key features :

  • Simple : To make a payment on Samsung Pay, users can simply swipe up on their eligible Galaxy smartphone, scan their fingerprint and pay.
  • Secure : Samsung Pay uses three levels of security to enable secure payments – fingerprint authentication, tokenization and Samsung KNOX, Samsung’s defense-grade mobile security platform.
  • Almost Anywhere : Samsung Pay is compatible with the majority of existing and new terminals, allowing users to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card.

Samsung Pay is currently compatible with the following Samsung smartphones :

 

Watch How Easy It Is To Use Samsung Pay!

In the first video, we make a payment at Marks & Spencer (M&S). They are still using the older MST terminal, but look at how easy and fast it is to use Samsung Pay, instead of a credit card.

It is the same experience at Starbucks, which is also using an older MST terminal. This gives Samsung Pay a huge advantage, as they do not rely exclusively on the new but much rare NFC terminals.

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The steps on using Samsung Pay can be summarised as such :

  1. Swipe up on the screen of your Samsung smartphone, and Samsung Pay appears
  2. Swipe left and right in Samsung Pay to select the credit / debit / prepaid card you want to use
  3. Press on the fingerprint sensor or key in the pin number to authenticate the transaction
  4. Tap your Samsung smartphone on the credit card terminal

That’s it! Whether it’s an older MST terminal, or the newer NFC terminal, the payment’s authenticated and accepted.

 

Samsung Pay Support In Malaysia

Samsung Pay is currently supported by Maybank, and these participating merchants :

Beauty & Wellness
– Blackmores
– Caring Pharmacy
– Castania Nut Boutique
– GNC
– Kiehl’s
– Watsons
– Wellness

Departmental Stores / Supermarkets
– AEON
– Metrojaya
– Marks & Spencer
– Robinsons

Leisure & Entertainment
– Box of Bricks
– Comics Mart
– S&J

Fashion
– Charles & Keith
– Crocs
– Pepe Jeans London
– PK Time
– Quiksilver
– Soda
– Sports Direct
– Stadium
– Studio R
– Under Armour
– Urban Republic
– Vans
– Why Pay More

Homes
– Bubee
– Muji
– Samsung Experience Store

Food & Beverages
– Baskin-Robbins
– Carl’s Jr.
– Chatime
– Garrett Popcorn
– Hakata Ippudo
– Kenny Rogers Roasters
– Komugi
– Krispy Kreme
– La Juiceria
– McDonald’s
– NY Steak Shack
– Red Lobster
– Shojikiya
– Starbucks
– The Library
– The Manhattan Fish Market

Convenience Store
– Family Mart

Samsung Malaysia will be announcing the other banks and merchants that will be supporting Samsung Pay during the official launch in the coming weeks. So stay tuned!

 

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Maybank Leads The Mobile Payment Wave With Samsung Pay

Samsung Malaysia just announced their partnership with Maybank, one of the largest banks in Malaysia, to introduce Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay is the only mobile wallet that allows users to pay with their Samsung smartphones at terminals that support either NFC or MST payments.

Be sure to also check out how easy it is to use Samsung Pay!

 

Maybank’s Exclusive Early Access To Samsung Pay

Maybank will be the first bank to join the Samsung Pay ecosystem in Malaysia. Working closely with Samsung, they are now able to offer their customers the exclusive opportunity to start using Samsung Pay.

Since last month, hundreds of thousands of Maybank Visa cardholders were given access to Samsung Pay. The early access programme ends on 11 February 2017, so if you haven’t signed up, go do it now!

Maybank customers who try out Samsung Pay will also get to win RM 100 cashback for purchases paid via Samsung Pay. Every RM 500 spent via Samsung Pay will entitle you to a qualifying entry. Hurry, because this cashback is only limited to 500 lucky customers! [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Samsung Pay : More Than A Payment Service

Samsung Pay is a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used almost everywhere that credit / debit / prepaid cards are accepted. It offers these key features :

  • Simple : To make a payment on Samsung Pay, users can simply swipe up on their eligible Galaxy smartphone, scan their fingerprint and pay.
  • Secure : Samsung Pay uses three levels of security to enable secure payments – fingerprint authentication, tokenization and Samsung KNOX, Samsung’s defense-grade mobile security platform.
  • Almost Anywhere : Samsung Pay is compatible with the majority of existing and new terminals, allowing users to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card.

Samsung Pay is currently compatible with the following Samsung smartphones :

Be sure to also check out how easy it is to use Samsung Pay!

 

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Trend Micro : Next Gen Payment Technologies

18 March 2016 – Since the boom of e-commerce, credit cards have been the target of many cybercriminals who have designed many malware and phishing schemes to steal banking credentials. The numerous threats that have preyed on the traditional credit card payment system, coupled with new technology, has led to the development of different payment processing technologies that not only allow for more convenient transactions, but also ones that are more secured.

Trend Micro Incorporated released its annual security roundup report, “Setting the Stage: Landscape Shifts Dictate Future Threat Response Strategies,” which dissects the most significant security incidents from 2015. Mobile devices continued being hotbeds for cybercriminals looking to exploit security flaws.

Mobile payments may be convenient for people armed with smartphones that support it, especially right now with the arrival of Visa Checkout in Malaysia that allows you to pay easily on across all your devices but the problem with using popular technology is that threats are always sure to follow, the same way they did with cloud computing and the Android platform.

“What both MasterCard and Visa are trying to do here is consolidate the payment activity that they’re doing online so they have a chance to inject a bit of extra security,” says Eric Skinner, Vice President of Solutions Marketing, Trend Micro Inc. “It’s a great opportunity for them to do more fraud protection and reinforce a more controlled checkout process.”

The attack on mobile devices can range from:

  • Forcing a device’s system to go on endless reboot, draining its battery.
  • Rendering Android devices silent and unable to make calls due to unresponsive screens.
  • Exposing a device’s memory content.
  • Giving hackers the ability to replace legitimate apps with malicious versions in order to steal information from the user.

 

Next Gen Payment Technologies

  • EMV Credit Cards – Also called Chip-and-PIN cards, these cards feature a chip that stores a cryptogram that detects modified transactions. It also requires a PIN for extra authentication.
  • Contactless RFID Credit Cards – This payment technology uses passive Radio Frequency Identification that allows cardholders to wave the cards in front of RF terminals to complete transactions.
  • [adrotate group=”2″]Mobile Wallets – First launched in Japan in 2004, this technology works on NFC enabled smartphones, and has since been implemented by Google and Apple through their mobile platforms.
    • Apple Pay
    • Android Pay
  • New Payment Processing Architectures – three next gen payment architectures designed to improve secure mobile payments.
    • Encryption and tokenization
    • Cloud-based PoS systems
    •  Secure Element systems.

Since personal mobile devices are heavily used in the enterprise setting, it is important for corporate data to never reside in them. But this would be impractical given the need for employee mobility. Enterprises hoping to keep confidential data within their own servers can invest in virtual mobile infrastructure.

A solution like this allows employees to access company files and records without ever having to save the data on their physical gadget. In case an employee device ever gets rendered useless by mobile exploits or compromised by malware, the data remains separate and intact.

Enable your users to safely leverage mobile technology for their work. Mobile Security Solutions from Trend Micro will help you find the balance between empowering mobile employees to be more productive, and protecting their sensitive information. Accomplish both without incurring the expense and time of deploying multiple new applications.

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