Solved VB.NET Bank Account Application

November 14, 2011 at 11:51:28
Specs: Windows 7
Is there a way I can log into my account with vb.net to keep track of the amount of money in it? Read-only access is all I need. I figured there is a way since places like mint.com are able to do so.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

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#1
November 17, 2011 at 06:18:53
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It's possible, but unless you have access to the bank though an API, you'll have to scrape the bank's DOM. This means any change in their site or its behavior will break your application.

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#2
November 17, 2011 at 10:04:10
So is that how, say mint.com, does it? through an API?

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#3
November 17, 2011 at 10:09:34
I would presume so, but I don't have any internal knowledge of that company.

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#4
October 31, 2012 at 08:09:11
I saw someone doing this the last month, unfortunately I was a wedding guest and could not stay and watch how my friend was doing this procedure. I only asked him if the bank security programs won`t detect him as a virus and he replied he got a lot of errors while trying to log into his bank account using vb.net but he managed to do this after speaking with a technician from the bank.

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#5
October 31, 2012 at 20:20:47
I did this with my accounts, using sendkeys to send tabs etc into the bank's site to navigate. It worked, but high maintenance for exactly the reason Razor mentioned: evolution/modification of the site. And then, they like to throw those "security verification" questions into the mix ("what's the name of your gradeschool") on a random basis. These would not accept from sendkeys, they had a way to tell. Banks, by definition, (and we all hope and trust) are very cautious. Maybe your bank has a daily email option...

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