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Google Pay is expanding, but do you trust it?

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Google Pay is expanding, and now it's easier than ever to make payments from your smartphone. Mountain View recently announced that 23 more US banks now support Google Pay, in addition to four new banks in other countries. All well and good for fans of contact-less payments, but do you trust Google with your finances?

Many big US financial institutions already support Google Pay, so new additions are usually regional banks or credit unions, of which there are many. Here are the most recent additions to the list:

  • Bank of Herrin
  • CP Federal Credit Union
  • CapStar Bank
  • Carlsbad National Bank
  • Century Bank and Trust
  • Coosa Pines FCU
  • Credit Union of New Jersey
  • Eagle Bank
  • Eagle Bank MN
  • First Arkansa Bank & Trust
  • First Federal Savings & Loan Assoc of Bath
  • Fleur-De-Lis Federal Credit Union
  • Independence Bank
  • Interaudi Bank
  • Kennebunk Savings Bank
  • Pathways Financial
  • Rhode Island Credit Union
  • SCE Federal Credit Union
  • Saginaw County Employees Credit Union
  • Skyward Credit Union
  • Sno Falls Credit Union
  • The Cleveland State Bank
  • United Bankers’ Bank

Outside the US, four new banks in different countries also declared support for Google Pay, albeit with some restrictions:

  • ANZ (New Zealand)
  • Orange Credit Union Limited (Australia)
  • Taipei Fubon Bank (Taiwan)
  • Bank Polskiej Spółdzielczości S.A. (Poland)

Given Google Pay's rapid expansion, are you taking advantage of this payment service? While many of us have surrendered our personal details to the web giant, right down to our precise location and movements, getting money involved tends to make people throw their guard up.

Do you trust Google with your bank/credit card details? Even if the company itself is trustworthy in principle, the possibility of big tech companies being targeted by cyberattacks could give you pause for thought. Or perhaps you don't want to support Google's more morally questionable projects. We'd like to know what you think:

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Nicholas Montegriffo

Nicholas Montegriffo

A cyberpunk and actual punk, Nicholas is the Androidpit team's hardcore gamer, writing with a focus on future tech, VR/AR, AI & robotics. Out of office, he can be found hanging around in goth clubs, eating too many chillies, or at home telling an unlucky nerd that their 8th level wizard died from a poisoned spike trap.

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  • 1
    John Liang Jul 28, 2021 Link to comment

    No, I won't be using Google pay after a recent dispute with them regarding an unauthorized payment debit on my account by a company that did not deliver a pay streaming service. Google pay refuse to refund the money, if you want buyer protection then don't use google pay, buyer protection does not exist with google pay. Don't waste your time with their customer service. I am more incline to go with paypal over google pay.

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    Deactivated Account Oct 7, 2018 Link to comment

    I think we can easily trust it.

  • Dean L. 34
    Dean L. Oct 6, 2018 Link to comment

    I use it and like the convenience. I am less trusting when I have to actually hand my card to someone cause that's when I've been compromised. And I'm always checking the readers cause I've gotten compromised by skimmers. At least with Google Pay my real card number is not used when I pay because part of the security is to use a fictitious card number with the vendors terminal.

    Al38itprolondenSorinDeactivated Account

  • Albin Foro 30
    Albin Foro Oct 6, 2018 Link to comment

    No "real me" (credit card) relationship with Google for any service - use Play Store for free stuff but purchase apps elsewhere. I generally silo Google's services, using independently secured Android apps or PC browsers for personal contacts and money. The only FAANG I've got a credit card account with is Amazon, but no Prime, Alexa, just Kindle and one-off purchases. SInce credit, debit, loyalty cards and nearly all merchants in Canada support tap screen payments, I'm not for dinking around with the phone for routine transactions. I do have a PayPal account, which (despite all their noisy groaning about its abuse) lets me (and millions of others) feel pretty safe buying online from tiny vendors I wouldn't otherwise give the time of day (much less my credit info).

    SorinMark G.Dean L.Deactivated Account

  • Mark G. 28
    Mark G. Oct 6, 2018 Link to comment

    Have been using Google Pay with my debit cards and credit card for the last year.
    I still find it amusing when shopping in a small not very busy shop, and I pull my phone out to pay and get the blank look, then the look of "he's using his phone, hmm is he ripping me off, will I have to chase him down the street - oh wait (surprise) it's worked"...

    The only problem (small) is when it asks for the card & pin to be used, then I have to remember what the pin was.

    I actually used old fashioned coins and paper notes the other day, was very nostalgic, took me back to the "Good old days"

    One major disappointment is with Samsung Pay in the UK, but that's for another article.

    Peace 🖖

    SorinDean L.

  • 12
    Franz Fifty Oct 6, 2018 Link to comment

    Now the question is, is this site - - a us-based site? if yes, i can understand. Otherwise if you're in Europe, then why having this article? it's maybe 2 countries in Europe (UK, Germany) where this is working. So Google Pay is NOT even an option.


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    Deactivated Account Oct 6, 2018 Link to comment

    I do trust any of the pay services. I do not want any service connected to my credit card or bank account on my phone. A phone is to easily compromised or lost.

    SorinDean L.

  • 49
    storm Oct 6, 2018 Link to comment

    It's never worked with a rooted phone so i care not one whit about it. If they can't secure it while i have root, it's not secure enough to use.

    SorinDean L.

  • 28
    itprolonden Oct 6, 2018 Link to comment

    Yes. Then again I understand how it works

    Al38SorinDean L.

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