Holiday POS Security: A Quick Reference for the SMB Retailer

December 10, 2012 • Published Categories Best Practices Tags , , , , , ,
Shoppers move past many stores brimming with lots of sales, luring them in for big savings at Woodland Mall. (T.J. Hamilton | The Grand Rapids Press)

SMB retailers are now in the throes of the holiday season. While the focus is (understandably) on making sales, it is not a time to let your guard down when it comes to POS security. That’s because data thieves are relying upon the holiday hustle … Read more

Helping SMB Merchants Cross the Chasm of PCI Compliance [Infographic]

November 13, 2012 • Published Categories Acquirer Programs Tags , , , , , , ,

The last four years have been marked by continued growth in Level 4 merchant data compromise, yet a recent study report from ControlScan and Merchant Warehouse reveals that many SMB merchants are still not receiving—or effectively responding to—messages about cardholder data security. How ISOs and Acquirers can … Read more

Five Steps Before Using a Mobile Device to Accept Credit Cards

September 17, 2012 • Published Categories Best Practices, PCI 101 Tags , , , , , ,

How mobile payment technology impacts your business. The taxi driver at the airport took your credit card using Square on an iPhone. The plumber that fixed your leaky pipes swiped your card on a PayPal device connected to an Android phone. And that posh restaurant where … Read more

The PCI SSC Releases its P2PE SAQ

July 5, 2012 • Published Categories Archive, Industry Topics Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In May the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) published a fact sheet to offer guidance for merchants evaluating technology to accept payments using a smartphone or iPad/tablet. Read More

New Best Practice: Out with the Password, In with the Passphrase

June 11, 2012 • Published Categories Archive, Best Practices Tags , , , , , , , ,

The recent news of security breaches among major social networking sites reignites the ongoing dilemma of the password. As humans, we have the natural tendency to simplify its content and use. Unfortunately, hackers and data thieves know this and use it to their advantage. Perhaps … Read more

PCI Compliance & Small Merchants: Whose Concern Is It Anyway?

May 30, 2012 • Published Categories Archive, PCI 101 Tags , , ,

Small merchants who want to accept credit cards as part of doing business can find themselves lost in a sea of information when it comes to PCI compliance.  While it can be frustrating, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has a worthwhile … Read more