PayPal just introduced Siri support, this will let users send and request money using voice commands on the iOS virtual assistant. The new feature is currently available in 30 countries , and works just like you’d expect. Just access Siri in the normal way and say something like: "Hey Siri, send Cheryl $50 using PayPal."
This isn’t the first time Siri has been used for transferring money though. Apple added support for this feature earlier this year and some vendors have already integrated it into their apps as well.
Using voice commands to make payments sounds like a bit of a security risk, especially considering Siri cannot distinguish in any meaningful way between difference voices. But, you do have to unlock your phone to use the feature (you can access Siri from the lock screen but you can’t confirm a payment or request money without unlocking), so it’s no more unsafe than any other app that needs a PIN or Touch ID access to use.
Still, if Amazon follows all this voice-support, and adds direct payments to Alexa — then you can worry about security.
Children in years gone by might have stolen money from parents’ wallets or purses on the odd occasion, but it’ll be much easier if Alexa can do the dirty work.
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