OAB Introduces Biometric Authentication to Mobile App

Muscat, April 23, 2019: Oman Arab Bank, in its constant endeavour to boost data security and customer convenience, has announced the complete integration of biometric authentication into its app. This new feature will allow users of the OAB Mobile Banking App to now carry out transactions using face recognition or a fingerprint for authentication.

Commenting on the introduction of biometric authentication into their app, Rashad Al Sheikh, Deputy Head of Retail Banking Group said, “Biometric authentication is by far one of the fastest and most convenient forms of authentication available on mobile devices. With the technology now incorporated into our app, our customers can now carry out simple transactions securely with just a touch of their fingers or by simply looking at the phone.”

This newly introduced feature allows the app to use the facial recognition feature and fingerprint reader built into a customer’s phone for a more personal and convenient form of authentication when carrying out transactions. However, these features are completely optional, and customers using phones without these biometric authentication features, or simply wishing to use their usual personalised pins, can opt out and continue to use the app as before.

“Regardless of which option they use, we ensure them complete security. In order to do so, we have incorporated the very latest in security features and anti-fraud measures directly into the app. This combined with the new biometric authentication will ensure our customer total peace of mind when banking on their mobiles,” said Rashad Al Sheikh. “Furthermore, as an added layer of safety and security for our customers and their finances, we have designed the app to ensure any payments and tractions outside of the user’s own accounts will still require a personalised pin to authenticate.”

Oman Arab Bank is one of the first banks to be established in Oman, with a rich and proud history. Today, the bank operates a nationwide network of 65 branches and representative offices, and 152 ATMs spread across the Sultanate. OAB provides the complete range of financial products and services for personal banking, corporate and investment clients.