Secure Payment Processing

How Does the PCI DSS Work?

Before looking at how PCI DSS works, it’s helpful understand what it is. PCI DSS, or Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, is an ever-evolving set of technical standards that was launched in 2006. Improvements, updates and milestones are ongoing, and 2018 has seen a number of mew requirements being implemented. The aim is to…

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A Short Guide to Online Security for Credit Card Payments

You’ve probably heard some scary stories about phishing scams and identity theft. While it’s possible for someone to access your account through your credit card details, it’s just as possible to protect yourself (and your clients). First, common sense. Don’t share photos of your credit card, because it’s easy for somebody to zoom in and…

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SSL and PCI Compliance Explained

Online security measures are essential for businesses that accept card payments either online or in store. SSL certificates and the PCI standards are two of the main security options when dealing with card payments. What is SSL? SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, a standard security technology that establishes an encrypted link between a server…

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Assuring Customers That Their Data is Safe

The modern American is all too familiar with the concept of credit card fraud, but they still can’t live without their credit cards. It’s too deeply ensconced in their lives. So rather than focusing their security efforts on their cards, they keep a closer eye on the spaces where they do their shopping. The savvy…

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Still Believe Cash is King?

Are you struggling to decide whether to remain cash-only or start accepting credit card payments? By accepting credit card payments, whether online or in-store, your business stands to gain unimaginable rewards. Why businesses choose not to accept credit card payments One of the greatest fears of accepting card payments is the financial responsibility and security…

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PCI Compliance for Your Business – What to Know

Depending on where Google has led you in your searches on this topic, you might be looking at 6 principles of PCI, or 12 recommendations for PCI. They refer to the same thing – and it’s actually six concepts sub-divided into twelve action points. These requirements were designated by the Payment Card Industry Council, and…

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5 Things to Consider When Getting a Merchant Account

How do you pick a suitable merchant account provider for your business? Here are some tips. Type of business Is your business service-oriented? Do you go to customers or do they come to you? If you have to accept payment in the field, you should consider mobile apps or electronic keypads. These allow the customer…

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Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

How good is your knowledge of digital security? You may be smart enough to prevent your own identity from being stolen, but can you protect your customers? There are steps you can take. First, make sure your website or online store has an SSL certificate. You can get one from your web host, and once…

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Tips for Preventing Credit Fraud

A lot of anti-fraud advice is directed at individual customers. We are warned to never share our card details, and to be wary of clicking a link on an email that purports to be ‘from the bank’. Those emails are frequently scams and phishing attempts that will take you to a clone website and try…

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Protecting Your Customers from Breaches

Every time there’s a ‘celebrity nudes leak’ or a newsworthy data breach, a lot of people get worried. The savvy / paranoid among us will immediately change passwords. Some quit the compromised platform. Unfortunately, these breaches sometimes happen in spaces we can’t do without. Most of us can’t – or won’t – quit our email,…

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