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Monitor your debit card and protect your finances with the Hawaii State FCU app

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Picture this: You’re going about your day when all of a sudden you get an alert on your phone letting you know your debit card was just used in a transaction. You check your wallet and sure enough, the card is missing. With the Hawaii State FCU mobile app, your next step is easy and stress-free: Turn off your debit card through the app.

The Hawaii State FCU mobile app has a feature called “Debit Card Controls” where you can set up alerts to monitor your debit card transactions by merchant type, transaction type and spend limits. Best yet, you can turn your debit card on or off temporarily should you lose it or if it gets stolen, preventing any further fraudulent activity. Everything is in real time, so you’ll know immediately if your card is used.

Some other features include blocking transactions you know you won’t be doing, such as those outside of the U.S. or transactions over a certain threshold amount. You can also set up an alert for any time your card is used in a transaction outside of the United States.

Parents of teens will also find Debit Card Controls very convenient. While some parents may want to give their teens a debit card to start practicing good money habits, it can be hard to curb that temptation to spend when you don’t have to shell out the cash. By setting up alerts for a variety of merchant types, parents can monitor where and how much their teen is spending should they be splurging on lattes every day or going on shopping sprees. This can open the door to helping your teen understand the need for budgeting and saving while spending responsibly with a debit card.

With the Hawaii State FCU mobile app, you can also manage your money and accounts on your own time through Mobile Check Deposit and Bill Pay. With Mobile Check Deposit, you can deposit checks without going to a branch or ATM. Just snap a photo of the front and back of your check after endorsing it, and choose the account you want the funds to go into. With Bill Pay, you can schedule recurring payments for rent, mortgage, utilities or other monthly bills.

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