Secure Payment Processing

How Do I Know My Business’ Credit Card Processing is PCI Compliant?

The goal of PCI compliance is to protect yourself, your business, and your customers from identity theft and other forms of credit card fraud. At a more basic level, compliance secures your revenue streams, because Visa refuses to transact with any processor that isn’t compliant. Things become even more complicated, because there’s no actual documentation…

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PCI Compliance is Essential for All Size Businesses

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) has set Data Security Standards (DSS) designed to make sure any company that accepts, processes, stores or transmits credit cards does so in a secure environment designed to protect cardholders’ personal data. PCI DSS is a global set of standards, and all merchants must be in compliance for the protection…

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Manual Credit Card Imprinters are Becoming Obsolete

Depending on how long you’ve been using credit cards, you may or may not be familiar with manual card imprinters. Remember making etchings as a kid? You placed a coin or stencil beneath a piece of paper, then used a pencil or crayon to lightly shade the paper above the coin. Within seconds, an identical…

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PCI Compliance Gains Your Customers’ Trust

You probably want your business to be successful and attract all possible customers, and so you accept credit card payments. That is now the preferred payment method for buying goods and services, and it continues to expand. Customers use credit cards as payment at unattended vendors such as car washes, vending machines and tollways. Otherwise,…

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What Makes Online Payments Secure?

Some people spend a lot of time worrying about credit card fraud and identity theft. And even when they’ve taken every step to keep themselves secure, they get that flutter of panic whenever they see a strange name on their credit card statement or when they feel that ominous screen vibration that precedes ‘Password or…

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Keep Your Customers’ Credit Card Data Secure

As the owner of a business that accepts credit card payments, you are obligated to keep your customers credit card data secure. You may process card payments at an in-store terminal, over the phone, on the Internet, via a mobile terminal, or any combination of the above. The Security Standards Council is a global forum…

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Is an SSL Certificate Necessary for my Online Store?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and for a long time, it represented your website’s best defense against hackers and cybercriminals. How so? Well, anyone with solid programming knowledge can access the content on your website, whether it’s the visible, aesthetic front end, or the unseen source code on the back end. You’re always at…

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How to Set Up A Secure Merchant Account

One of the things you must have if you’ve decided to start accepting card and mobile payments is a merchant account. As a business owner you may have already been approached by a number of merchant accounts services providers, because this sector is fiercely competitive and there’s an amazing array of choices. But hold on,…

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PCI Compliance Explained

Small business owners and others who have recently begun accepting credit card payments may have heard the term PCI compliance. But, not all of us know exactly what it means or how it can impact our businesses. Non-compliance is risky, potentially leading to financial loss, reputational damage, and the loss of ability to accept card…

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