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5 Ways 9/11 Changed the Way Businesses Operate

Posted on Sep 11, 2018
The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 had a huge impact on the American economy. The most obvious changes affected the roughly 18,000 small businesses that were displaced or destroyed in Lower Manhattan.  Nearly 20 years later, the effects of 9/11 persist, and they’ve forever changed how companies operate in the new millennium.  Below are five of the biggest changes businesses have made in the post-9/11 economy.
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Fun Posts

What is Authorized Push Payment Fraud?

Posted on Sep 07, 2018
As payment technologies expand, so does fraud. Now, payment fraud knows no geographical boundaries. In fact, some countries offer a glimpse into new types of fraud that is sure to impact other countries. For example, the UK has noticed an increase in what is called authorized push payment fraud. New statistics from UK Finance found 19,000 victims of authorized push payment scams that totaled more than £100 million ($130 million) just in the first six months of 2017.
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Topics: Due.com Partner Posts, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

Payment Functionality ISVs Need to Incorporate

Posted on Sep 05, 2018
If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that independent software vendors (ISVs) are increasingly expected to provide their end-users with seamless payment functionality.  This isn’t an industry requirement, per se.  But if the applications you design don’t come with payment processing capabilities, then perspective customers will simply find an ISV that can provide these things.
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Topics: Software and Payment Integration, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, ISV/VAR

6 Payment Security Tips for ISVs

Posted on Aug 28, 2018
Open source contamination is the bane of many independent software vendors (ISVs). If even a tiny snippet of open source code makes it into your build, the entire application might legally be reclassified as “open source.”  To avoid this, developers must invest a lot of time creating bespoke code entirely from scratch. As an ISV, there’s another type of “contamination” of which you need to be aware — one that has to do with payment security. Or more specifically, PCI compliance. 
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Topics: Software and Payment Integration, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, ISV/VAR

5 Best Practices for Identity Verification

Posted on Aug 20, 2018
Reaching a larger target audience online and creating lifelong customers is a game changer for small business owners like freelancers, startup founders, and even established brick-and-mortar retailers. Online payment technology has led to fast and convenient checkouts so customers enjoy a great experience with you.  However, there's just one problem -- and it's a big one: online identity fraud.
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Topics: Due.com Partner Posts, E-Commerce and Online Payments, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

5 Ways to Be More Financially Responsible for National Financial Awareness Day

Posted on Aug 14, 2018
Financial independence is one of the main reasons entrepreneurs go into business for themselves, but running a profitable company isn’t easy.   There are a lot of unknowns (i.e., risks). You have to manage many moving parts. Competitors are always at your heels.  Worst of all, expenses never seem to end.  But in honor of National Financial Awareness Day (August 14), we wanted to outline some simple tips that can move you closer to financial responsibility. 
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Topics: Recurring Billing and Electronic Invoicing, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments

From Chip-and-Pin to Chip-and-Skin

Posted on Jun 25, 2018
Over the last few years, chip-and-PIN has been heralded as the gold standard in payment security. These EMV credit cards come with embedded chips that are next to impossible to clone. To initiate an in-store payment, customers must input a personal identification number (PIN) that only they know.  Additionally, mobile payments and wearable technologies continue to grow in popularity every year. In fact, experts predict that annual in-store sales generated through smart devices could exceed $500 billion by 2020 — in the United States alone. 
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Topics: EMV, Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Payment Trends

7 Things ISVs Need in a Payment Partner

Posted on Jun 07, 2018
As an independent software vendor (ISV), clients expect you to create functional applications that deliver specific benefits to end-users. This delivery must be seamless across a broad range of devices and operating systems.  It’s no longer enough to make powerful applications that work. Clients increasingly demand secure payment tools that integrate seamlessly with the products you deliver. As an ISV, this requires choosing a payment partner that can provide both the technology and support you and your clients need.
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Topics: Software and Payment Integration, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, BluePay Partners, ISV/VAR

What is a White Hat Hacker? A Day in the Life

Posted on Jun 05, 2018
As a business owner, getting hacked is one of the worst things that can happen.  Whether for financial gain, revenge or pure joy, bad actors exploit vulnerabilities in your IT infrastructure — and they now have access to your sensitive data:  They do this to steal information (such as credit card numbers). They hold your data hostage until you pay a ransom of some sort. They simply corrupt your system for no reason. 
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Enterprise Business Tips, ISV/VAR

7 Steps to Keep Credit Cards Secure on Vacation

Posted on May 30, 2018
Losing your credit card usually isn’t a big deal. If one of your cards is lost, stolen or somehow compromised, your bank will send you a replacement ASAP.  Many card issuers also provide fraud protection so you’re not personally liable for any unauthorized purchases.  In fact, the algorithms used to monitor fraud are so good that your bank might contact you to verify purchases that “seem” out of character. If you use your card primarily for grocery shopping and gas stations, for example, a sudden weekend shopping spree at the neighborhood electronics store might raise red flags. 
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Topics: EMV, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Fun Posts

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