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The problem I have with the app is the same reason I never preordered a Coin card - it doesn't support Chip & Pin which is set to become the US standard next year and is already a standard in most international countries. In a recent interview, the founder of Coin dismissed the need to innovate for Chip & Pin. He may have been being coy about future product roadmap, but it doesn't give me great confidence this solution will work more than a year or two. EDIT: Looks like I was wrong about this. Swipe cards will still be accepted for the foreseeable future and Coin is a viable replacement. I still see trouble because by their own estimates, Coin only works at about 80% of merchants. However, I thought with Chip & Pin it'd a much worse problem.
@eric3000 this is the reason I asked for a refund, when they sent out an email last week offering one.
@eric3000 @ccarella Chipped cards only protect fraud in “card-present” transactions. Your number can still easily be hacked via a Target like breach. Plus with @simple, @getmoven and now @coin sending real time notifications for every transaction, you will know immediately when someone other than yourself uses your card. So how does the chip really help?
@mzuvella Im going to punt on your question because I am not a security expert. Whether they are hackable or not, chip and pin is going to be US standard by law. To pay, you'll need it and Coin doesn't have it.
@eric3000 You don't need to be a security expert...a chipped card means you insert into the card reader and it reads the chip vs. today's traditional swipe. The chips are harder to duplicate but your number can still be used without your consent. And required by law? VISA and MC have said they are making the switch in Fall 2015 but I haven't heard anything about it be required by law.
@mzuvella I understand how the chip works vs. swipe. I was passing on your question because I cannot comment on how easy to hack any of these security measures are. As for the law, I was mistaken. There was heavy pressure from the government for the change, but no law was passed: http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-i...
The morse code tap to unlock (as opposed to a pin) is an interesting design choice. I was listening to music while I set my tap code, so hopefully I can remember it. I haven't seen yet how they deal with forgotten tap codes.
@paulgambill was just going to post a question about that. Anyone know why this approach would be more beneficial than numeric input?
@paulgambill I don't like the tap i set a super simple tap because I'm sure ill never remember a complex sequence. To me thats a huge security flaw. Im sure I'm not the only one who doesn't speak morse code ;)
@paulgambill I really don't like this. 1) Strikes me as being different just for the sake of being different. 2) It's less secure than a four-digit code because there are few possible combinations 3) It requires users to remember one more password. I really hope Coin ditches this feature.
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@paulgambill I think the morse code element is a very bad idea. It's not in my traditional password/pin workflow and nor will it be - either memory or software like 1Password. I expect people will either forget or do something very simple, a la 'password' as your password.
@paulgambill The morse code is ridiculous. I wonder what % of passwords are just all short taps? Otherwise, how would anyone remember? I can't think of a single reason this is a good decision other than novelty (which should be reserved for non-security features).
Surprised this wasn't on PH sooner...excited to use this if it ever launches.
@mzuvella this is the ios app. Launched today. The app store link hit PH before any other site :)
Super pumped for the product to ship. Not crazy about some elements of the app right now. Confident they'll get it right though.
@jtriest Ha! Didn't catch the iOS part.
Trying to add a card, but I can't because the small amount that Coin supposedly charged to my account hasn't posted. My only way out of the screen I'm stuck on now is to cancel and lose all of the information that I entered. Very frustrating. EDIT: Apparently my patience has a one-hour time limit. Just deleted the Coin app. Not sure that it really added any value anyway.
@maxwendkos You check your pending/authorizations? It doesn't actually post to your account.
@mzuvella Yup. I have no pending charges.
I don't understand why I'm asked to take a picture of the front and back of my cards, then enter the information manually, and then Coin presents me a generic version of each card by brand. I carry two Visa cards (debit and credit), and I can recognize them VERY easily in my wallet since they look completely different. Not so much with Coin.
@adamsigel totally agree. there are a lot of poorly thought out things with the app. there are easy ways to do picture scanning and automate the card entry - I was confused and then surprised that I had to manually enter it. Card entry also isn't as smooth as I'd like it to be. Moreover, you can't even change the name of the cards in your wallet. I have two mastercards, and they are both labelled MC. It seems that the only thing you can do is change the colour by swiping. I'm not sure I understand why I took the picture if I can only see it when I click in to edit it.
@minarad I didn't even see the swipe-for-color option. Thanks. Still doesn't help too much since the color options don't match well to the actual cards they represent. (Also interesting that this is shaping up to be the #2 hunt of the day but the comments are overwhelmingly negative. Has that happened before?)
@adamsigel it let's you change the style of the cards (color) in the edit screen by swiping left/right.