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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

4 Interesting Retail and E-Commerce Trends

Posted on Nov 09, 2018
Baseball enthusiasts may disagree, but when you run the numbers, “retail therapy” is officially America’s favorite pastime. As a nation, we love going to the mall, window-shopping, and coming home with new gadgets and toys.  At least, this used to be the case.  In recent years, this time-honored tradition has evolved as retailers increasingly welcome a new breed of American consumer — one whose shopping preferences and technological knowhow are vastly different from anything we knew before. 
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Topics: B2B, Mobile Payments, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

Our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts

Posted on Nov 02, 2018
The BluePay Blog is dedicated to providing you with useful information to help you understand payments, learn best business practices, or stay attuned to security concerns. We continually publish new content, averaging over 125 posts annually. We took a look at our blog to see which posts resonate with our visitors. Here is a list of our top 10 popular blog posts. If you haven’t read them yet, click on the links below.
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Topics: E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Enterprise Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments, Awareness

Authentication: How Many Factors are Enough?

Posted on Oct 29, 2018
Logging into websites is a time-honored ritual with which we’re all familiar:  You enter your username (or email)  You type in your password (or PIN)  And you’re in.  However, it’s fairly easy for criminals to hack this process. This is especially true if you use weak passwords such as “1234” or “password.”  For this reason, many websites now require that you use a combination of the following when generating secure passwords:
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Topics: Financial Institutions, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

Cybersecurity Trends to Watch in 2019

Posted on Oct 19, 2018
It seems like every week there’s a new high-profile data breach that dominates cybersecurity news headlines. Sometimes, these stories bleed into the mainstream as well.  In just the past few years alone, for example, you’ve probably heard about the following cyberattacks:   WannaCry and SamSam ransomware attacks Deloitte and Equifax data breaches Colorado Department of Transportation hack Facebook and Cambridge Analytica breach
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Enterprise Business Tips

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