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5 Thing to Do Before Completing Your PCI Assessment

Posted on May 16, 2019
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a broad set of guidelines that govern how organizations should handle credit or debit card information.  It doesn’t matter how large your organization is — or whether it’s a for-profit business or charitable foundation. If you store, transmit, or process payment card data of any kind, you must become (and remain) PCI-compliant. 
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments

Is RFID-Blocking Technology Legit?

Posted on Apr 11, 2019
Radiofrequency identification (RFID) is a type of wireless technology used to communicate with items over short distances. Warehouses and stores, for example, often use RFID tagging to track inventory.  However, many credit cards use a subset of RFID technology — known as near field communication (NFC) — to initiate contactless payments.
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Consumer Education

Tokenization Goes Mainstream

Posted on Apr 09, 2019
Payment security is an ongoing concern for those who make payments in-person, online, and through their mobile devices. But, it becomes an even greater worry for the businesses that accept payments and become liable for any security breaches or fraud. According to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center, although the number of U.S. data breach decreased 23 percent from 2017 to 2018, the number of exposed records increased 126 percent year over year.
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Topics: Due.com Partner Posts, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

Tap or Dip? Are Contactless Cards Safer Than Chip Cards?

Posted on Mar 07, 2019
Most credit cards in the U.S. still come with magnetic stripes on the back — reserved for “swipe-and-sign” transactions. However, magstripe cards are easy to clone, making them prone to fraud and abuse. Signatures offer little additional protection, which is why the major credit cards have recently dropped this verification requirement.  In recent years, the payment industry has encouraged customers and businesses to shift from magstripe technology in favor of:
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Topics: EMV, Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

Valentine's Day Consumer Spending Trends

Posted on Feb 14, 2019
Valentine’s Day may not receive as much fanfare as other shopping holidays like Black Friday. Though according to the National Retail Federation, this annual celebration (on Feb. 14) brings in nearly $20 billion for retailers and restaurants across the country.
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Topics: Mobile Payments, E-Commerce and Online Payments, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Fun Posts, Payment Trends

Beware of These 6 Fraud Tactics

Posted on Jan 22, 2019
The global impact of fraud is enormous, with merchants and banks losing over $21 billion annually.  That’s just from debit and credit card abuse.  You also have to factor in malware, data breaches and identity theft — all of which take a huge financial toll on society:  In 2017, the U.S. reported 16.7 million victims of identity theft (resulting in $17 billion in losses).  According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and McAfee, cybercrime is a $445 billion industry worldwide. 
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Topics: EMV, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips

PCI Changes: What's New in 2019 and Beyond?

Posted on Jan 15, 2019
Every organization that captures, processes, stores, transmits, or affects credit card data is expected to comply with the security guidelines established by the Payment Card Industry (PCI).  These data security rules apply to multinationals, small shops and nonprofits alike. Failure to become PCI-compliant can lead to hefty fines for that organization.  Equally important, these guidelines continue to evolve over time as criminals develop newer and smarter data breaching techniques.
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Topics: Software and Payment Integration, EMV, E-Commerce and Online Payments, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

Why the U.S. Is a World Leader for Credit Card Fraud

Posted on Jan 08, 2019
The United States leads the world in credit card fraud — by a huge margin. It represents roughly five percent of the global population and 27 percent of all credit and debit card volume.  However, the U.S. accounts for nearly half of all card-based fraud. It’s hard to truly appreciate the sheer scope of this problem, but by 2020 experts predict out-of-pocket losses for stateside merchants could approach $12 billion annually. 
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Topics: EMV, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

Top Business Resolutions for 2019

Posted on Dec 20, 2018
New Year’s resolutions are usually reserved for personal goals — from losing weight to saving money.  But it’s also possible to apply these “betterment” principles to the business world. Every organization has room for improvement. Making your operations more productive, cost-effective and enjoyable can help you generate higher profits.
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips

A Payment Tokenization Primer

Posted on Nov 26, 2018
Fraudsters continually look for new ways to get their hands on sensitive credit card and bank account information. Merchants can reduce their risk of compromised data by employing a highly-effective data security method known as tokenization.  When applied, tokenization frees merchants from storing data in their systems, reduces PCI scope and liability, and saves money on pricey audits.  What exactly is tokenization and how does it work?
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

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