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What are the Different PCI Compliance Levels and How are They Determined?

Posted on Dec 19, 2017
If you accept payment (credit or debit) cards that have the logos of any of the primary members of the PCI SSC (PCI Security Standards Council), which includes Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and JCB, then you are considered a merchant. As a merchant, you must adhere to certain levels of compliance established by the PCI SSC to ensure the security of any payment or customer data you transmit, process or store. If you don't follow the requirements, you could face penalties, fines, and the inability to continue processing card payments. 
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Topics: Partner Posts, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

Cryptocurrencies: Passing Fad or the Safest Way to Send and Receive Money?

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
“Follow the money” is a recurring theme in many political thrillers and gangster movies. When dealing with large transactions, there’s almost always a paper trail left by: 
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Topics: E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, Payment Trends

The True Carbon Footprint of Your Paperless Business

Posted on Dec 13, 2017
In an effort to “green” their operations, businesses worldwide are increasingly going paperless. It’s not difficult to see why.  The environmental impact of paper is enormous. 
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Topics: Small Business Tips

7 Strategies to Secure Customer Data Over the Holidays

Posted on Dec 11, 2017
While online shopping and mobile payments are two of the most preferred ways to buy nowadays, including the focal point of many consumer holiday shopping strategies, there is always a concern over fraud at the back of people's minds. The available statistics don't do anything to alleviate that fear. Instead, they are cause for greater concern.
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Topics: Partner Posts, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards: Pros, Cons and Security Concerns

Posted on Dec 07, 2017
Debit and credit cards are both convenient forms of payment that shoppers often use interchangeably. However, there are crucial differences between these two types of plastic: 
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Topics: EMV, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

How to Create an Engaging Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on Dec 05, 2017
Everyone loves giving gifts and getting them. The problem is that when we give our friends and family gifts each holiday season, there comes a point in time where figuring out what to get becomes challenging. Suddenly, the joys of the season seem like a big headache. 
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Topics: Partner Posts, Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

Tips and Tricks for Merchants to Detect and Protect Against Gift Card Fraud

Posted on Dec 01, 2017
Most retailers love the idea of gift cards — and for good reason:  Each card in circulation represents money already spent. You’ve made the sale, and you’re simply waiting for the card recipient to collect his or her goods.  Most gift cards expire — without ever being used. This means you still make that sale — without losing any inventory. 
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips

How Amazon Go Grocery Stores Might Impact Merchants

Posted on Nov 29, 2017
The Amazon Go grocery store is a revolutionary concept. On the outside, it looks like any other brick-and-mortar supermarket; but inside, you’ll notice a number of key differences: 
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Topics: Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, Fun Posts, Payment Trends

5 Ingenious and Painless Ways to Save Money in Your Business

Posted on Nov 27, 2017
As a business owner, there are essentially two ways to boost profits. You can either: Increase revenues (i.e., generate more sales) Reduce costs (i.e., cut some expenses)  Most companies focus on the former. Although there’s no limit to how much money you can make, it’s not possible to cut costs once you reach a certain threshold. If you haven’t already reached that threshold, then reducing expenses can — and will — make your business more profitable. 
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Topics: Small Business Tips

The History and Benefits of Small Business Saturday

Posted on Nov 23, 2017
Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another holiday of which you may not be aware, but it’s one of the busiest shopping days of the year. We’re talking, of course, about Small Business Saturday — held this year on November 25th. 
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Topics: Small Business Tips

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