BillGuard

Popular finance tracker, BillGuard, has today announced its first international expansion bringing it's service to folks in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for the very first time. Most major local banks and credit card providers are now supported to use alongside it's simple, yet powerful features to help you keep track of your spending. And all that in a really nice Android – or iOS – application.

As with the U.S. version, BillGuard remains free to use in these new countries, too. In a past life BillGuard charged a subscription fee for multiple card tracking, but now it's totally free and totally unlimited. If you're not familiar, BillGuard links to your card accounts on a read-only basis to pull in your transaction history and has some pretty significant backing.

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Also coming to new customers in these three new countries is the Resolve service, where BillGuard will step in and assist its users with dubious charges as an alternative to waiting on hold with the card companies. You can tackle them right within the application. Data breach information makes the international expansion, too, and will alert you if any vendors you've spent money with has its data compromized.

Existing U.S. based customers aren't forgotten, either. As part of the international launch the application has been updated to provide new alerts right before your credit card bills are due, notifications when an account is out of sync and much improved loading time. You can grab it right now from the Play Store link up top.

 

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BillGuard expands internationally, now available in Australia, New Zealand and the UK

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This is probably a common question but how do you know it's safe?
I mean, you link all your financial accounts to some 3rd party app.

Looks beautiful though

They're promising bank level security, it's been around on iPhone for quite a long time with no issues but I guess you're always taking some form of risk in the connected world.

I think in most instances though (I could be wrong) you're not giving them your credit card number. As illustrated in the screenshots you're connecting via your online login information which means they must be connecting with the banks through an agreed process.

I love the app and the convenience, but how are they making money off of this? Unless they've promised to do it for the good of the people?

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They know your spending habits through reading your credit card transactions(how much you spend a month, and how many % of it goes to each category etc), that information can be sold on the ad/consumer research market for a pretty good sum.

I'm guessing they also have financial deals with the banks and credit card companies too.

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They used to charge for the app. Now I believe BillGuard is in the process of developing certifications such is their reputation that they will then monetize. But it means it should keep it free for us.

Can't see Co-Op on there or any of their subsidiaries, not sure why?

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