My bank uses "smsTAN", so when I make a transfer, the TAN gets texted to me. I would like to prevent texts from my bank from appearing in the lock screen as this lowers the safety of this method (someone would just have to nab my phone and find out my five-letter online PIN, don't ask me why my bank still enforces five-letter PINs).

I'd like to keep my other texts appearing in the lock screen.

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    I do not see how that could be a problem, since the TAN gets changed/created only when you request transfer, and is no longer valid after that.
    – Ruskes
    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:35
  • @Buscar웃 The TAN may be unique and not used again, but often times smsTAN sends some transaction information along with it.
    – 0942v8653
    Apr 23, 2014 at 11:09
  • @0942v8653 there is a answer to this question already, I do not use that method since none can do anything with the smsTAN info other then the originator, by logging in to the bank again and entering the TAN to approve the transaction.
    – Ruskes
    Apr 23, 2014 at 11:48
  • @Buscar웃 If somebody knows my banking PIN they only need my phone, not my phone PIN to be able to generate new smsTANs.
    – Ruben
    Apr 23, 2014 at 14:07
  • @Ruben If someone knows your Banking PIN then you are in trouble already. But you are right, they would need 1- your Banks login information, 2- your phone to use the TAN to transfer money to they account? Wait.... then they would disclose they account and that is traceable ? hmmm.
    – Ruskes
    Apr 23, 2014 at 14:25

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Although excluding specific contact's text from being shown on the Lock Screen is not possible, you could always switch off the Show Preview option. Therefore a notification of your bank will be shown, but no portion of this message will be previewed, safeguarding your five-letter PIN.

To do so just go to Settings / Notification Center / Messages and turn off Show Preview.

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