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July 22, 2015

Are PCI security breaches actually problematic for small businesses?

One of the biggest misconceptions today is that a fatal security breach will only happen to big-name companies; in truth, cyberhackers target businesses of all sizes. In 2013, 60% of businesses and organizations in the U.S. were exposed to payment fraud and they pay, on average, about $580.5 million in debit card losses per year. Approximately 42% of American consumers have experienced credit card fraud at least once in the past five years, and the median amount of money stolen in one fraudulent purchase is nearly $400. How long does it take to meet PCI standards? With the right credit...Read more


July 22, 2015

5 Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Credit Card Processor

For a company to survive and thrive, leadership has some very specific responsibilities. This includes saving money, handling accounts receivable, and reducing company debt and Days Sales Outstanding (DSO). As means of reducing DSO while boosting cash flow, a lot of companies now accept electronic payments. Top Considerations Common online payment types include credit cards, debit cards, and eChecks (ACH payments). When making the decision to accept online payments or change providers if a credit card processor is currently used, some very important features should be included. Security – In addition to convenient payment technology, companies have to be even more...Read more


July 17, 2015

A Basic Guide To PCI Compliance for Small Business Owners

PCI compliance is one of the most important details factoring into a successful business today, but it’s also one of the most complicated topics for the majority of business owners. Before you can be sure that you’re looking at the right credit card merchant processing services, it’s important to understand the basics of credit card authorization and settlement services, and the requirements set by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). What is PCI compliance? This refers to a system of requirements that have been designed to protect companies that process, store, and transmit credit card information when...Read more


July 15, 2015

EMV® Credit Card Chips: What’s On the Horizon and What You Need to Know Now

Over time, credit cards have undergone tremendous change, and even bigger changes are coming. For businesses with a lot of walk-in traffic, the way in which a physical card is swiped will be different. Using a new technology in the form of a credit card chip, payments will be easier and safer for consumers and merchants alike. Improved Protection One of the key benefits to credit card chips is the dramatic reduction of real data being stolen from magnetic strips located on the back of credit cards. Sophisticated criminals have the know-how and equipment needed to capture information and create...Read more


July 9, 2015

Reducing Credit Card Processing Costs

The cost of credit card processing can be quite expensive for a business that conducts high-volume transactions. To reduce such costs, the business should search for a merchant account provider that offers discounted credit card processing fees. Deciding which merchant account provider to use is something that should be a process rather than a hasty decision. Aside from choosing a reliable and inexpensive merchant, the business can use additional tips and tricks. The following is some information on how a business owner can cut the costs of credit card processing. Take Advantage of Special Offers One way that a business...Read more


July 1, 2015

5 Ways to Increase Your Profit Margins

U.S. businesses are facing greater difficulty increasing profit margins than they have in decades past. Part of the problem is the lingering effects of the Great Recession which has been extremely slow to recover. If your profits aren’t where you’d like them to be at this stage of the game, there are a few bold moves you just might light the spark that ignites a windfall of profit for your business. 1) Give some Customers the Heave Ho Throw dead weight overboard. These customers that are more problem than profit are weighing your business down. It’s time to cut them off...Read more


June 24, 2015

Preparing for EMV Technology

President Obama has recently set some new rules in motion for small businesses. Small businesses must now comply with EMV requirements to avoid having to pay fines. EMV technology consists of credit cards that have microchip technology inside of them. EMV is an acronym that stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa. The microchip technology prevents fraud from occurring. The microchip carries crucial identifying data about the cardholder, and it stores such data on its circuits instead of storing it on a magnetic stripe material. EMV chip technology has many benefits for businesses. First, it saves time and money for business...Read more


June 17, 2015

5 Reasons Small Businesses Should Switch to Chip & PIN

Nearly every small business has come to the realization that credit card processing is an essential part of their business. But US businesses have been running behind the rest of the world because for many their credit card processor is designed for traditional credit cards that have a magnetic strip. Consumers swipe the card and data about their account is fed to the merchant they are making a purchase from. While this seems convenient, the simplicity of this method has created numerous security issues. In Europe and Canada, as well as other places, EMV cards (Europay, MasterCard, and VISA) are becoming the...Read more


June 10, 2015

Online Data Security Tips: 3 Ways to Protect Your Financial Information Online

In today’s age, you can never be too careful with your information. That goes not only for shoppers, but also for merchants. In the past year, hackers breached credit card processing systems at major retailers including Target and Home Depot, accessing sensitive customer data. Online identity theft can jeopardize a person’s credit and many cases are never fully resolved. When it comes to financial information and the internet, prevention is the best cure. Here are 3 ways to safeguard your financial data: Watch Out for Wireless Networks It may seem convenient to get your banking done at an airport, coffee...Read more


June 3, 2015

Why Your Small Business MUST have EMV

On October 15, 2015, the world of credit card processing will change forever. This is the date when responsibility for credit card fraud shifts from credit card companies to merchants who do not have EMV. For small businesses, this shift can be catastrophic – unless you invest in the right credit card processor for your business. What is EMV? EMV is a new payment system adopted worldwide that involves inserting microprocessor chips into debit and credit cards so that they are less vulnerable to fraudulent transactions. While the technology isn’t new, it is widely used in other countries and has...Read more

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