When asked to, Amazon Echo can now pay your credit card bill


Your trusted virtual assistant, the Amazon Echo now allows you to do even more. The company is partnering up with Capital One to allow members keep track of their accounts with a simple phrase such as these;

  • “Alexa, ask Capital One to pay my credit card bill.”
  • “Alexa, ask Capital One for my credit card balance.”
  • “Alexa, ask Capital One for recent transactions on my checking account.”
  • “Alexa, ask Capital One when is my credit card payment due?”

Director of Amazon Alexa, Rob Pulcini said this is the first of Alexa’s abilities that enables users to interact with their financial accounts.

More and more voice experiences are coming, and it’s only going to get better for our customers.

Rob Pulciani
Director of Amazon Alexa

To achieve this you’ll need to enable the Capital One “Skill” in the Alexa app by entering your Capital One username and password, you’ll then be able to ask Alexa for basic information regarding your account or making payments.

Although this is a good “skill” added to the Amazon Echo, what if someone else tries to snoop into your bank details? Amazon has added a layer of protection by allowing users to set up a 4-digit personal key, this will keep nosy individuals away from checking your personal finances. Alexa will ask you for the 4 digit passcode any time you try to access your account, if i were you i ll look forth and back before saying the passcode, because if someone overhears you using your passcode, then that person can have access to your account, Capital One even acknowledges in the Skill’s terms and conditions.

“It is possible that someone other than you could interact with Capital One via the Skill, or that someone could overhear you interacting with Capital One via the Skill and learn information about your Account(s),” “Try using your ‘inside voice.’

Amazon is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest internet based retailer in the US, which started as an online bookstore and diversified to sales of DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, software, video games, toys and so much more. They produce consumer electronics like Fire tablets, Fire TV, Fire phones, Amazon kindle e-book reader and it is the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure service (laaS). It’s product the Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker and voice command device. The device responds to the name “Alexa”; this “wake word” can be changed by the user to either “Amazon” or “Echo”. The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices.

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