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PCI compliance requirements for businesses of all sizes is always growing. This topic is just as important for businesses that accept payments online as it for those that process through a brick and mortar location. Not only is keeping up with PCI compliance important for avoiding fines and protecting your ability to process payments, but it also plays an essential role in protecting sensitive information for both your business and all customers. There are numerous elements of PCI compliance, but we're taking a special look at PCI compliance for businesses with multiple locations. If your business already has multiple locations or you're planning to expand in the near future, here's what you need to do to have all your bases covered. Understanding PCI Compliance Validation PCI validation ensures that a business is following all compliance requirements. A business can achieve PCI validation by putting necessary equipment and processes in place to protect cardholder data during online and offline transactions. This includes securing a card processing network with necessary firewalls, regularly updating passwords, staying current with security settings and deploying encryption when… Read more

Virtual reality is huge (and still growing) and has the potential to totally change online purchasing. Alibaba, for example, set an aggressive schedule for rolling out VR Pay, hoping to enable people wearing virtual reality headsets and browsing virtual shopping malls to check out without having to remove their goggles. Mastercard also teamed up with the Arnold Palmer Invitational PGA tour event in Florida to showcase how to buy items using VR glasses. During the demonstration, people were able to put on VR glasses and then look at golf clips. If they liked any of the apparel or equipment they saw in the clips, MasterCard demonstrated how those items could be purchased on the spot. Based on these recent updates, it's clear VR shopping continues to gain momentum. By fall of last year, Alibaba officially launched VR Pay. The system recognized users through a combination of connected devices, as well as traditional passwords for authentication. What makes VR Pay such a compelling idea is instead of needing to take the goggles off to make a payment, the system is designed to let people pay with… Read more

Can businesses choose to accept only certain debit or credit card transactions? Surprisingly, yes! Both Visa and Mastercard have these programs available for business owners, called limited acceptance programs - but why would any business want to risk losing out on credit or debit revenue? There are a few reasons, actually, and we're here to outline exactly what they are. Maybe limited acceptance might be right for you and your business, so consider the following and weigh your options carefully before settling on how you'd like to do business. The Why and How of Limited Acceptance Cost savings is probably the biggest reason a business may be interested in only accepting a particular kind of card payment. A business may want to limit their costs to the generally cheaper fees associated with processing debit cards instead of credit. One thing to keep in mind is that the authorization methods used with debit cards can affect the cost. In most cases, signature debit will be cheaper on smaller transactions while PIN debit will be cheaper on larger transactions. Customer preference is another factor that… Read more

Apple recently announced iPhone X, packed with technological advancements that'll play a huge role in facilitating payment processing, starting with updates to their own Apple Pay. According to a study earlier this year, 18.3 percent of iPhone users who were surveyed said they use Apple Pay every chance they get, while another 41.7 percent said they use it whenever they remember, signaling that a large and growing part of the population is increasingly turning to apps like Apple Pay for payment processing. Apple Pay Adds Peer-to-Peer Functionality Because Apply Pay is being used more and more regularly, it makes sense why Apple continues to roll out new features for their payment ecosystem. The latest includes a new P2P payment service that, once added with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4, will allow users to send money and get paid in Messages. Payments can be sent from any credit or debit card someone has in their Apple Wallet and when a payment is received, the money will go to a new Apple Pay cash card in Apple Wallet. This means the funds will be available… Read more

If your business has a brick and mortar location, you already know the importance of having the right type of payment terminal. Not only do you want a terminal that makes it easy to quickly and securely process payment, but you want to be sure that you're working with the right processing company. Getting stuck with the wrong processing partner can result in paying excessive fees and many other problems. Over the past year, some of the biggest retailers in the world have experienced significant problems. In many cases, this was the result of expanding too fast and underestimating the influence of ecommerce. As a small or medium business with a brick and mortar presence, those examples are a good reminder of the importance of staying both lean and current. So if those factors have led you to consider selling through your website, keep reading to get answers to some of the most common questions businesses have about setting up an online payment portal. How Much Does It Cost? While the answer to this question can vary a lot, there… Read more