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It was less than 10 years ago that Wells Fargo started the e-banking boom by letting their customers see their statements online. Today, some 22 million Americans do at least some of their banking online and 44 percent of Internet users who bank or pay bills use the Internet to do it. From click-and-mortar banks -- the ones that have Internet access in addition to offices you can walk into -- to virtual banks, such as and First Internet Bank, that exist primarily in cyberspace, customers now can make deposits, transfer funds, view updated statements and balances, view check images and pay bills from home, office or laptop. We show you how you can enter or expand your use of e-banking, examine the security aspects, warn you of the potential pitfalls and take a look at the future of e-banks and financial supermarkets.

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