Mobile banking security

How we protect your money

Starling card and security illustration

We've built some of the world's best banking security. Then added tools that help you do security your way, from logging in to making payments online.

How the Starling app is secured

Features to help keep you safe

  • Real-time notifications. Stay in the loop about what’s coming in and out of your account.

  • Card controls. Choose whether you want to allow or disable contactless and chip & pin payments, ATM withdrawals, online payments and your mobile wallet – or freeze or cancel your card instantly if you think it might be lost or stolen.

  • Biometric identification. Fingerprint or facial recognition is one of the most secure ways to log in to your app. It’s worth setting up if your phone supports it.

  • 3D Secure. It’s an extra layer of security when you use your card online. When this is required, we’ll send you a push notification for you to approve the transaction directly in-app.

  • Confirmation of Payee. This helps us confirm that the name on the account you are paying is who you think it is.

  • Virtual cards. Keep your main card details private and your bank balance safe by using a virtual debit card when shopping.

Peace of mind

As you’d expect from your bank, your eligible deposits up to £85,000 are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Making sure your data stays safe

No one but you should be able to access your personal information, so we’ve built controls across the entire bank to make sure your personal data stays safe, secure and compliant with GDPR.

Fighting fraud

Financial fraud has become very sophisticated and these crimes can have a devastating impact on victims. We consider it our responsibility to educate customers on the types of scams we know to exist, and how you can spot these.

Find out more about how to protect yourself against fraud

Find out more about money mules

Find out more about how we approach fraud prevention

Apply for a Starling bank account today and enjoy app-based banking at its best.

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