Secure Payment Processing

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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PCI Compliance Helps with Fraud Prevention

If you spend any amount of time online, you’re probably vaguely concerned about phishers and hackers. And if your online time includes credit card transactions, then you have the added worry of identity theft. It’s one of those things we’ve apparently just learned to live with, the same way that most of us don’t panic…

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What are EMV Cards?

At a glance, credit cards and debit cards look similar. But their function is quite different. Debit cards pull cash directly from your bank account. Credit cards run a ‘tab’ up to a given limit, and you repay your tab at the end of your credit cycle. Debit cards are usually inserted into an ATM…

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What You Need to Know about PCI Compliance

If you’ve spent any time online, you’ve probably heard about identity theft, phishing, skimming, and other credit card scams. It’s something we all vaguely worry about, but most of us gloss over it as we continue to use our credit cards. And although it’s a valid concern, we’ve learned to live with it, because we’re…

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Does my Business Need to be PCI Compliant?

The short answer is Yes! As a small business owner, PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance may seem like just one more hurdle to be crossed and one more set of regulations to stick to, but it’s much more. Non-compliance doesn’t just attracts penalties and fines, it can seriously impact your brand, reputation and customer loyalty.…

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Accepting Credit Card Payments – is it Safe?

Customers love having a wider range of payment options when they get to the checkout station. Though there has been a sea-change in the way businesses accept payments, many small business owners still buck the trend and refuse to accept credit cards for a variety of reasons. This can cost them in terms of brand…

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Accepting Credit Card Payments – Is it Safe?

With the kind of transformation that shopping habits and purchasing behavior have seen in the last few years, it’s important that your small business stays in sync. As a business owner, meeting customer expectations is the cornerstone of the health and growth of your business. Today, Americans not only have a credit card; on average,…

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