Secure Payment Processing

Help Your Customers Feel Comfortable Paying Online

It’s important to customers that they feel comfortable about how, where, and to whom they’re paying. Comfort can be boiled down into two primary components: safety and convenience. An online shopping platform can help customers feel comfortable by reassuring them that their safety and security is high priority, as well as by making sure the…

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Does my Small Business Need to Certify PCI Compliance?

The term ‘small business’ is relative. It could refer to customer volumes, turnover, reach, service provision, staff numbers, physical size, or maybe you live and work in a quiet little town. Regardless, you still need to be PCI compliant in order to accept credit cards. There are two reasons why. One, you can’t process any…

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How Do I Remain PCI Compliant?

 A survey conducted in 2014 shows that nearly $16 billion losses were caused due to credit-card fraud. This could be, in part, because businesses may not maintain proper controls over the sensitive data in their possession. PCI refers to the Payment Card Industry Council, which is the organization that self-regulates credit card payment methods. Initially,…

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Tips for Safeguarding Your Customers’ Credit Card Data

Allowing your customers to pay by credit card makes life a lot easier for them. It’s convenient, it improves their credit score, and it makes a great avenue for loyalty plans. However, it also puts them at risk. If unscrupulous people get hold of someone else’s credit card details from you or your business, the…

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What is Credit Card Tokenization?

Briefly, credit card tokenization involves replacing customers’ Primary Account Number (PAN) with a series of randomly generated sequences that can pass through payment networks without exposing sensitive data. It is a highly effective data security system designed to prevent fraud and frees merchants from the responsibility of maintaining card data on their payment systems. How…

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How Secure is Payment Processing?

You don’t have to go far to look for recent data breaches or cyber-attacks. Research shows that in the first six months of 2017 there were 918 data breaches that compromised 1.9 billion data records. That was a 164% increase over the same period in 2016. Scary! But there are often warning signs of potentially…

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How PCI Security Requirements Protect You

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Council is a regulatory body that recommends security measures for card transactions. It’s not a legal requirement, but many card networks trust it. Visa refuses to transact with anyone that isn’t PCI compliant, and since it’s the most popular card network, that doesn’t leave most merchants much choice. The PCI…

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How to Protect Your Business from Credit Card Fraud

The idea of card fraud is frightening, both for businesses and customers. But with swiping becoming a standard part of life, there are more mechanisms in place to protect us. Let’s look at some tactics we can use to keep our cards and our money safe. Double-check encryption levels The form of credit card fraud…

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Does My Business Meet PCI Standards?

When people say PCI, they’re usually referring to one of two things. They either mean the Payment Card Industry DSS (Digital Security Standards), or the PCI Council, which is the regulatory body that developed those standards. This council isn’t a punitive authority. It doesn’t issue any actual certificates, and it doesn’t fine you if you…

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Why are EMV Credit Cards More Secure?

If you are still stuck on magnetic strip credit cards, it’s time to move on. Not because you are out of date (although you are), but because fraudsters and identity thieves just love magnetic strip credit cards and magnetic strip debit. They have learned how to skim magnetic strip cards in seconds without anyone seeing…

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