Category Archives: Security

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

Are Businesses Taking GDPR Seriously?

In the months leading up to the required start date for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance, there was a lot of talk about all the different steps that businesses had to take. Most consumers also received a flurry of emails from tech companies letting them know that they were following all the measures required […]

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P2PE and Threshold: 2 Powerful Tools for Combating Fraud in 2017

Forty six percent of Americans have been a victim of credit card fraud in the last five years. The EMV liability shift has significantly reduced in-person credit card fraud and, luckily, this trend will continue as EMV terminals make their way into additional retail settings across the United States. While EMV is great at securing […]

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The 5-Step Checklist for Secure Payments

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. […]

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The Latest on Visa and Mastercard Retailer Lawsuits

Last year, news broke about a major lawsuit involving two highly known companies: Walmart and Visa. After Walmart filed its lawsuit against the major global credit card, citing security issues, Visa responded with their own counter suit. Walmart didn’t want to allow consumers to use signature authorization for debit transactions, while Visa wanted the retailer […]

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What Payment Options Do Consumers Want?

The Internet and social media have made consumers more empowered than ever before, changing the dynamics of many industries. Instead of depending on a salesperson or piece of company literature to learn about a product, it only takes people a few minutes to go online and get a truly candid scoop about any product they’re […]

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5 Essential Online Payment Security Tips for 2017

Throughout 2016, we covered a number of data breaches and other security issues that affected merchants of all sizes. We’ve also talked about how, even though the EMV transition has been effective at reducing in-person fraud, it’s also increasing the rate of fraud for card-not-present transactions. Since these challenges and more will continue throughout 2017, […]

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Where Are We Now? The Latest on the EMV Liability Shift

After the EMV liability shift, which made businesses more liable for fraud on certain types of in-person credit cards charges, a lot of changes were required from businesses to help keep consumers safer. Earlier this year, we covered some of those key takeaways from the shift and what it could mean for you. Who’s responsible for fraudulent […]

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Find Out What Visa’s Level 4 Merchant Changes Mean for Your Business

Big news this month from Visa! They recently announced that any businesses that process fewer than one million Visa transactions in person or 20,000 ecommerce transactions in both the United States and Canada are now considered Level 4 Merchants. It’s estimated that 90 percent of businesses who accept credit cards fall into this category. At the core […]

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How This Unusual Agreement Could Change Payment Processing

When most of us think of Visa and MasterCard, we generally think of them as competitors. And while that’s probably also how the companies think of each other, a recent announcement shows they’re not afraid to work together when an issue is mutually beneficial. The two companies recently announced that they’re working together on accelerating the adoption of […]

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Which Payment Processing Features Matter Most?

In the not-too-distant past, there were only a handful of payment processing options for most businesses. However, technology growth and other factors have helped bring far more providers into this space. Not only are there more options than ever, but single niche processors have even sprung up, furthering competition in specialized payment processing areas. While competition […]

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