Connecting Your Bank Account to Alcove with Stripe and Plaid - Trust and Safety

A Deep Dive into Alcove's payment processor

We know that trust is essential when it comes to managing your finances, especially when integrating your bank account with a digital platform. In this article, we'll explain why it's safe to connect your bank account to our Stripe/Plaid integrations and how these partners prioritize your financial security.

Stripe and Plaid are established financial technology companies renowned for their robust security measures. Stripe is a payment processor used by millions of businesses worldwide, while Plaid serves as a secure bridge between your bank account and the apps you want to use.

Both of these companies are entrusted by many popular and large-scale platforms, including Amazon, Google, Lyft, and Shopify (Stripe), as well as Venmo, Coinbase, and Betterment (Plaid).

Data Encryption
First and foremost, both Stripe and Plaid employ advanced data encryption to protect your information. This involves transforming your sensitive data into a coded form that is unreadable by anyone without the encryption key, significantly reducing the risk of data being compromised in transit.

Both Stripe and Plaid use tokenization, a process that replaces sensitive information (like your bank account number) with unique identification symbols (tokens) retaining all the essential information without compromising its security. These tokens are meaningless if intercepted, as they don't contain any usable or extractable data.

Limited Access
When you connect your bank account to Alcove through Stripe/Plaid, these platforms have read-only access. This means they can only view your data, not transact on your behalf. They cannot move money in or out of your account. They're used only to facilitate transactions you've initiated through the Alcove platform.

Regulatory Compliance
Stripe and Plaid are both compliant with the strictest industry regulations and standards, such as PCI-DSS for Stripe, which sets the standards for all card payment processors. Similarly, Plaid is certified in internationally-recognized security standards, like ISO 27001, ISO 27701, and is SSAE18 SOC 2 compliant.

Two-Factor Authentication
Both Stripe and Plaid support two-factor authentication, an extra layer of security used to ensure that those trying to gain access to an online account are who they say they are. This is achieved by requiring two types of identification.

Security is our highest priority at Alcove. By partnering with Stripe and Plaid, we ensure that our users enjoy a safe, seamless, and reliable banking experience. These platforms have robust mechanisms in place to protect your financial data, maintain privacy, and guard against unauthorized transactions.

For more information about Plaid's safety features, you can visit their safety page. If you have any further questions or concerns about linking your bank account to Alcove, our support team is available and ready to assist you at