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What Happens When a Company Experiences a Data Breach?

What Happens When a Company Experiences a Data Breach?

If you are a business owner, you do not want to find out firsthand what happens when you experience a data breach. When your company is the victim of a data breach, it can be both frustrating and terrifying. A data breach puts financial records and personal information in jeopardy which can lead to identity theft and even leave you drowning in fraudulent charges. For obvious reasons, a data breach can be very bad news to any company that experiences one.

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The Best Credit Card Processing Hardware for Merchants

The Best Credit Card Processing Hardware for Merchants

When it comes to running a business in a time when payment processing hardware seems to be evolving everyday, it can be overwhelming to find the solution that best fits your business’s needs. However, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. As a merchant, you need a credit card processor that does it all rather than using outdated countertop options that force you to pick and choose what conveniences you can use and which ones you will have to live without.

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Payment Gateway vs. Payment Processor Explained

Payment Gateway vs. Payment Processor Explained

Most modern business owners and operators at some point have to deal with e-commerce transactions for their business. In the process of setting up an over-the-web payment process, chances are you’ve heard of the terms “payment gateway” and “payment processor.” At a glance, the two phrases seem synonymous. They are not. In fact, the payment gateway and the payment processor are two entirely different things. In order to optimize your on-the-internet payment process for security and customer experience while reducing costs, it’s important to understand exactly what these two distinct services are and what they mean for your business’ web presence.

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Should I Use a Credit Card Machine or Mobile Card Swiper?

Should I Use a Credit Card Machine or Mobile Card Swiper?

We recently wrote about the various kinds of EMV equipment. Many merchants find themselves looking for a solution that’s secure and can be brought with them to accept payments on the go. We’ve written up a short re-cap of what you can expect from mobile swipers, countertop terminals, and a new breed of “Smart Terminals.” We hope to answer the question that plagues many merchants: Should I use a credit card machine or mobile swiper?

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How to Secure Your Business with Two Factor Authentication

How to Secure Your Business with Two Factor Authentication

In this age of online accounting and cloud storage, it is more important than ever to make sure your business is secure against the threats of cyber crime. Two factor authentication is an integral piece in this equation. It can be a powerful tool for protecting your business’s online presence and data. Maybe you haven’t heard of this means of protecting your business or you are unsure of how it works.

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Are Mobile Wallets the Future of Commerce?

Are Mobile Wallets the Future of Commerce?

Take a look around and it does not take long to realize that we are living in a different world than the one we were living in even ten years ago. Technology is changing the way we do things. One area in which this is especially true is in the changes to how we make our payments. Payments are gradually making the transition to digital solutions. This reality is clearly seen in the fact that more people are making the switch to mobile wallets.

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What is The MasterCard Per Location Fee?

What is The MasterCard Per Location Fee?

A Merchant Location Fee is an assessment fee imposed by MasterCard for each business location accepting MasterCard. The fee is charged to credit card processors, who in turn charge your business. Early information about the location fee indicated that it will be assessed based on the number of locations a business has at the end of the fourth quarter in 2016. Unlike interchange charges, the card brands post little information about the assessments they charge.

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3 Tips to Reading Your Processing Statements

3 Tips to Reading Your Processing Statements

As a merchant, you likely know the importance of reading your credit card processing statements. However, taking the time to read your statements does not do you much good without the proper knowledge in how to approach it. When you read your credit card statements without effective practices in place, you run the risk of paying more than you should. If you understand how credit card statements work and you understand the different fees involved, you will better be able to maximize your budget and profit-making potential.

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What Is a PCI QSA and Should You Hire One?

What Is a PCI QSA and Should You Hire One?

What exactly is a PCI certified QSA? Should I hire one for my business? Perhaps these are questions you have asked yourself. Knowing what exactly they do and if they are necessary can be a complicated affair. However, if you are interested in learning more about PCI certified QSAs, you have come to the right place. We hope this will be a helpful and informative resource for you and will give you the information necessary to determine for yourself whether or not a PCI certified QSA is right for you.

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Protecting Your Business and Cardholders With EMV

Protecting Your Business and Cardholders With EMV

Business owners around the world rushed to update their payment terminals to accept cards with EMV before the 2015 deadline. If you own a restaurant or retail store you’re probably familiar with the term EMV. However, many people don’t understand how the technology works. Are you curious about how it can help your business? Here is some basic information about EMV cards and how it can help protect your business.

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