Archive for August, 1998

Breaking the Speed Limit – Oceanic Internet opens Road Runner kiosks at both Computer City locations

August 1, 1998

Many inquisitive individuals have been itching to experience Road Runner Hawaii, Hawaii’s cable Internet access solution, but, until now, there has not been a viable means by which to do so without actually ordering the service from Oceanic Cable.

For these people, your itching days are over. You are now able to access the ‘net at accelerated, cable modem speeds via the new Road Runner enabled kiosk located at the Waikele Computer City store. From this kiosk, you are able to do anything you would do over a regular telephone line modem, (browse the web, download files, etc.), only faster.

Rudy Chew, Oceanic Internet’s Marketing Manager explains, “The Road Runner kiosk provides a true driving experience unsurpassed on the ‘net today. We want people to experience for themselves what high-speed, online access is all about. And Road Runner is loaded with unique local and national content material. Whether you connect at home or in the office, Road Runner will dramatically change the way you use the Internet.”

Road Runner Hawaii brochures can also be picked up at both the Waikele Computer City store, as well as the Ward location, and you can even purchase “Road Runner ready” personal computers from both locations.

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E-Bankoh – Bank of Hawaii unveils true Internet banking

August 1, 1998

In a recent poll of 97 online Financial Institutions, Gomez Advisors, an independent authority of online financial services, ranked Hawaii’s own, Bank of Hawaii 5th, right along side of some national giants such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and the Security First Network.

One of the reasons for Bank of Hawaii’s online success can be accredited to their new Internet banking service called e-Bankoh.

E-Bankoh is a secure, online transaction service from Bank of Hawaii that enables any BOH customer to access their checking, savings and credit card accounts from anywhere at anytime via the Internet.

Need to pay a bill? E-Bankoh will do that for you. How about tracking your spending habits, then generating a report from it? E-Bankoh will do that as well.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our convenience for the customer,” says Karen Tom, Bank of Hawaii’s e-Bankoh Marketing Manager. “E-Bankoh was one of the ways in which we are achieving this.”

Online account management is not the only service you can expect to find within the e-Bankoh package though. You can also invest online using e-Bankoh Investments, an online quote (20 minute delayed) and market research service. E-Bankoh Investments utilizes the power of Bank of Hawaii’s full service brokerage – Pacific Century Investment Services, Inc. – to provide in-depth, market information.

In addition to online investing and numerous account management tools, e-Bankoh is a very robust, as well as flexible tool. Your data on e-Bankoh is retained on the server for about 16 months, therefore providing a great history of one’s spendings/earnings to base a financial report on. You can also export out to independent software packages such as Quicken or Microsoft Money, therefore eliminating the need for time-consuming, as well as headache causing paperwork.

Naturally, a prime concern for many users is the level of security e-Bankoh maintains, especially when it is dealing with highly sensitive transfers. However, Bank of Hawaii utilizes many encryption methods to lower the chances of criminal activities towards the site.

First and foremost, the site is run over S1 (Security First) technologies, a proven technology that 3 out of the top 5 financial institutions used in production of their web sites. Over that, all transactions are done through an HTTPS protocol or SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). There is also a password protected login process as well as a secure server complex with filtering routers and firewalls to add additional layers of transactional security.

“Bank of Hawaii’s e-Bankoh service is so tightly integrated and synchronized with the institution’s systems that it is one of only a few in the world whose transactions are completed at real-time,” said Tom.

Definitely way ahead of the game.

To learn more about e-Bankoh, point your web browser to www.boh.com.