Ally Bank Launches Mobile App with Debit Card Controls

March 6, 2017, Written By Lynn Oldshue
Ally Bank Launches Mobile App with Debit Card Controls

Ally Bank recently launched a new mobile app allowing consumers to turn their debit cards off and on. Known as Ally Card Controls, this program gives cardholders additional control over their accounts so their money can be better protected.

If a customer temporarily loses his debit card, he can use Ally Card Controls to turn it off until the card is found. The card will automatically be declined if someone tries to use it. However, if the card is found, the customer can turn the card on and continue spending. This saves the hassle of calling the card issuer, having the old card cancelled, and waiting for a new one to come in the mail.

Users can also set location aware controls using their phone’s built-in GPS system. The app will make note of where the person is and decline any questionable transactions not from that area. There are different settings for location awareness, so users can choose to have the transactions declined altogether or to simply receive a notification any time a suspicious charge occurs.

Furthermore, consumers can use the app to set spending limits and choose which merchants the card can and cannot be used. This is convenient for parents who want to limit their children’s spending abilities.

Ally Card Controls is currently available for Apple and Android devices.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of March 6, 2017. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.

About Lynn Oldshue

Lynn Oldshue has written personal finance stories for for twelve years. She majored in public relations at Mississippi State University.
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