Banking to Go

FRESNO, Calif.

Like a growing number of people, Katy Rosati does almost all her banking on her smart phone.

"I don't need to find an ATM or a computer to know what's going on in my bank account," Rosati said.

Consumer reports money adviser says banking on a cell phone is like having an ATM in your pocket.

"Text banking can be done with the simplest of phones. You send messages to get your account balances, and you get text messages when your balance is low or when your withdrawals or deposits are posted," Greg Daugherty said.

If you have a smart phone, like Katy, or a tablet computer, you can transfer money and pay bills, too.

"There are also banking applications designed specifically for your bank and model of phone. Chase, for example, will let you take a picture of your check with your camera phone and deposit it," Daugherty said.

Along with the convenience, consumer reports says there's another plus with banking on your cell phone - banks typically don't charge extra fees for this service.

But you do need to make sure your banking on the go is secure.

"Never do mobile banking on a public Wi-Fi network. And when you're on your bank's website, always look for the little lock symbol in the browser to know that you're on a secure site," Daugherty said.

It's also a good idea to install security software. That way you can safely join Katy and 39 million other Americans who already do mobile banking.

"I know exactly what's in my account, when things have cleared, you know, when money is coming out. I feel very on top of my finances," Rosati said.

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