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With so many credit card processing companies available to pick from, it can be a daunting task to find the one that is the perfect fit for your business. You want to make sure you find one that will have all the features and services you are looking for. Additionally, you want to make sure you pick a company that is solid and reputable.
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Amazon's $13.4 billion acquisition of Whole Foods has been dominating the news - just like news of how well Prime Day went this year. Although these would be enough to keep most companies busy, Amazon is far from "most companies." They launch a ton of new initiatives and aren't afraid to scrap the ones that fall flat, while doubling down on the ones that show promise. The Recent Appearance of Amazon Pay Places When you think of extremely popular mobile apps, Facebook and a few other chat apps come to mind. Another app that tops the list? Amazon. In fact, in some age cohorts, its installed base even bypasses that of Facebook. That's why it's no surprise that Amazon is getting into the payment processing industry, according to recent reports. There's huge profit-making potential in payment processing, and Amazon has already crossed many of the common barriers associated with entering the space. In the middle of July, some users reported the addition of a new feature to the Amazon app called Amazon Pay Places. Although the app's functionality is currently limited to a handful of T.G.I.… Read more

MasterCard recently announced they are acquiring Brighterion, a major company in the artificial intelligence and machine learning space. Although neither company is disclosing the acquisition price, this is a very interesting piece of news for the entire payment processing industry. Brighterion has been working on a suite of fraud prevention technologies, technologies that will now help MasterCard and which can be replicated by numerous other payment companies to ensure higher security. According to industry experts, this acquisition is a continuation of MasterCard's focus on acquiring risk-quantifying and predictive technologies in response to greater financial security threats. Since AI and machine learning have become such a hot topic across numerous industries, we want to focus on exactly what it may mean for payment processing. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. Machine learning is a specific type of AI. It allows software applications to become more accurate in predicting outcomes without being explicitly programmed. But how can they help the payment processing industry? Fraud Prevention Although EMV technology has done a… Read more

If you own a small business, you know the dangers of chargebacks and their effect on your bottom line. They can happen for a number of reasons, but let's take a look at which businesses are most at risk for chargebacks, and what you can do to help prevent them altogether. The 4 Major Risk Factors for Chargebacks There are plenty of examples of legitimate chargebacks. In most industries, you're going to occasionally get hit with one of these despite your best efforts. Where chargebacks become a real issue is when they're persistent and related to fraudulent efforts. Since new standards, like EMV, have reduced opportunities for compromising individual credit card data, many fraudsters have turned to techniques like chargebacks as a way to directly target businesses. Experts have identified four different factors that put businesses at the highest risk for chargeback fraud. 1. Location Merchants who do business internationally and support multiple currencies tend to have a higher risk for chargebacks. 2. Risk Factor There are close to two dozen industries that automatically get labeled as having a higher chargeback… Read more

Payment security is an important issue for businesses of all sizes. As past security breaches we've covered demonstrate, even large corporations with dedicated security resources are vulnerable to payment system attacks. Since the stakes are quite high with payment security, it's easy to get overwhelmed. We understand the dilemma of not knowing where to start. That's why we put together an actionable, 5-step checklist to help you get going. By following the steps outlined below, you'll know exactly what to do to protect all of your payment data. 1. PCI Compliance This is a great starting point in ensuring that everything about your payment processing environment follows industry best practices. We have several helpful resources on this topic, including a list of PCI compliance musts for larger businesses. 2. Additional Security Layers When it comes to payment security, there's no such thing as a silver bullet. Instead, the best approach is to protect your business in a number of different ways. By utilizing multiple layers of security, you will have backup protection in place in the event a specific measure fails.… Read more

Over the last decade, software as a service (SaaS) has become the gold standard for technology companies, adding the business model of recurring revenue to the already in-demand tech sector. Since SaaS offerings have the ability to scale into very large businesses, there's no shortage of competition in most niches. However, the demand for great technology offerings continues to grow, which means there's also a lot of opportunity. While SaaS can help a company reach new revenue heights, there's also a common challenge known as the long, slow, SaaS ramp of death. Getting through this period is no easy task. If you're currently in the process of trying to increase your trial signups and then maximizing the number of signups that convert into customers, we have four actionable tips to help you out. 1. Split Test Requiring a Credit Card Should you require a credit card number when signing up for a free trial? It's a hotly debated topic among SaaS owners, especially because SaaS companies can be so different. The answer really does depend on the specific SaaS in question.… Read more