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Tips and Tricks for Merchants Managing After-Christmas Gift Returns

Posted on Dec 25, 2017
The holiday shopping season — from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 — is the most lucrative time of year for American retailers. This is especially true right after Thanksgiving and just before Christmas.  In fact, this holiday shopping season is often used as a litmus test to assess the health of America’s economy. This explains why news organizations are so eager to publish each year’s sales figures. According to Fortune, for example, 2016 brought in a staggering $90 billion in revenues — and that was just for online sales. 
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips

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: Due.com Partner Posts, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

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: Due.com 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

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

The Scariest Aspects of Payment Processing

Posted on Oct 30, 2017
Many Americans love Halloween — the scariest and most frightening holiday of the year. If you love celebrating this time-honored tradition as well, you probably already have some spooky tales and Halloween decorations lined up to delight friends, family and neighborhood children.
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Topics: E-Commerce and Online Payments, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

How is Social Media Being Used Against You?

Posted on Oct 26, 2017
Most people would agree their lives are beyond busy. From working a 40-hour week, to raising children, to daily household chores, sometimes it feels like we don’t have a moment to breathe.
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

The Reality of a Data Breach: One Small Business Owner's Story

Posted on Oct 24, 2017
As a small business owner, you may be prone to thinking you’re untouchable when it comes to experiencing a data breach; however, you are the perfect target for fraudsters. Typically, SMBs are more vulnerable because they may not want to invest in an equipment upgrade or hire a dedicated IT security staff.
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Topics: Guest Blog Posts, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

What is an Incident Response Plan and How Do I Get One?

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
We’ve all seen the headlines or heard the news. And, possibly some of us may have even been impacted. Data breaches happen. Period. From large retail big box chains to small mom and pop shops, no one is ever 100 percent completely safe from a cyberattack. That’s why an incident response plan is a necessity for your business.
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

Friendly Fraud - How Customers are Scamming Stores They Shop at Frequently

Posted on Oct 18, 2017
Dissatisfied customers are an inevitable part of business, and whether those shoppers are unhappy about your products, service or delivery, the wisest course of action is to simply refund their money. 
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Topics: E-Commerce and Online Payments, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

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