Category Archives: Security

Discussing common security issues which credit card processing customers face during implementation and operation. PCI compliance standards, testing and verification.

Could Data Breach Insurance Protect Your Business from Credit Card Fraud?

A data breach can be one of the worst things to happen to a business, causing difficult-to-repair reputation damage and taking a large chunk out of its budget. With data breach insurance, a company has the protection it needs to reduce financial loss in the event of a cyber attack. This insurance usually covers legal, […]

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Do Your Receipts Reveal Too Much Information?

At one time, businesses routinely put customers at risk by printing an entire credit card number on each receipt. But in 2003, the government passed into law the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), which stipulates that companies cannot include more than five digits of a credit card number on a receipt. Additionally, expiration […]

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Will Contactless Payments Increase Fraud Risks?

Merchants and consumers have high hopes for the upcoming switch to EMV, assuming it will reduce fraud. But as consumers search for more convenient ways to pay, new concerns have emerged about security. Contactless payments allow customers to pay without swiping a card, whether they do so through a payment-enabled mobile device or a chip-equipped […]

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How to Detect if a Credit Card is Stolen

Credit card fraud cost businesses $11.27 billion in 2012, according to the Nilson Report, including the cost of lost merchandise and chargeback fees. As criminals have become more sophisticated, businesses are challenged to protect themselves, catching fraud early to avoid costly losses. If businesses can learn to spot a bad credit card number from the […]

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What You Need to Know About Risk Acceptance

Any business that accepts credit cards accepts a certain amount of risks. Chargebacks and fraudulent activity are a natural part of doing business. There are some things businesses can do to minimize those risks, but card issuers accept a small percentage of loss as one of the costs. For some businesses, though, those risks are […]

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What is Data Breach Protection?

Businesses are all too aware of the risk of working in a technology-enabled world, especially with so many data breaches having made recent news. One data breach can damage the reputations of a company and its payment processors, requiring a business to spend years rebuilding trust. In some cases, businesses never recover. According to data […]

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Hazards of Stolen Credit Cards and How to Protect Your Business

Identity thieves create chaos, clearing out victims’ bank accounts and damaging their credit for years. More than 15 million residents fall prey to identity thieves each year with losses costing consumers and businesses more than $50 billion annually. The person with the stolen identity isn’t the only one who suffers. When a thief pays for […]

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Keeping Up with Cash on the Go

Mobile credit card readers have given businesses the freedom to accept cards on the go using a tablet or smartphone. Even with this freedom, though, some consumers still prefer to pay by cash. Since setting up a full cash register with a drawer might be unreasonable at a conference or flea market, it’s important that […]

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Update: Global Payments loses PCI Compliance Status

Global Payments Inc., the company responsible for allowing up to 1.5 million ( had initially reported the number as 10 million, the original estimate) accounts to be breached has been removed from Visa’s list of PCI compliant processors, though the company is still actively enrolling merchants for their services. Critics of PCI compliance have suggested […]

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Up to 10 Million Mastercard and Visa Cards Breached

Mastercard has confirmed that U.S. based payment processor Global Payments Inc. has had a security breach, potentially compromising up to 10 million credit card accounts. The Secret Service has confirmed the incident and is currently investigating. Mastercard has taken immediate steps to minimize the damage, releasing a statement Friday addressing the issue. “As a result, […]

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