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Everything to Know About PCI Compliance

Everything to Know About PCI Compliance

Do you need a better understanding of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)? One option is to wade through the PCI Security Standards Council's 139-page report outlining the standard. Before you dive in, we can provide a general overview of what is involved in this important set of requirements for businesses. This quick guide includes all the essential compliance information so you can move forward in ensuring the security of both your customers’ and organization's data. The Role of the PCI Security Standards Council The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is comprised of representatives…

What Is a Payment Facilitator?

What Is a Payment Facilitator?

Have you ever heard of Square, Stripe or PayPal? You might be surprised to learn that these recognizable names in the payments space are Payment Facilitators. There are numerous middlemen involved in credit card processing, and depending on your size and needs, different ones will prove most advantageous for you. If you're unsure what defines a Payment Facilitator, here's your answer. A Payment Facilitator provides businesses with one shared, mass merchant account. Anyone can use it, making them a preferred choice for small businesses with a low processing volume. Businesses that opt for a Payment Facilitator will share their merchant…

Things to Know Before You Buy Credit Card Readers

Things to Know Before You Buy Credit Card Readers

If there’s one thing to take away from this post, it’s that all credit card reader are not made equally. Despite looking similar, they vary greatly in features, business benefits and cost. Before investing in credit card readers, you should have a thorough understanding of them. Most importantly, you should be aware of the red flags to look for when shopping to ensure you’re purchasing readers that will be a long-term investment for your business. Below, we discuss six things to absolutely avoid when shopping for credit card readers. Credit Card Readers: Red Flags to Look For…

Cards on File: Why It’s Important to Be PCI Compliant

Cards on File: Why It’s Important to Be PCI Compliant

When it comes to your customers’ information, sophisticated data protection is a must. Yet so many businesses continue to store sensitive customer data haphazardly. Keeping this raw information in filing cabinets or on your computer makes both you and your customers vulnerable to a number of risks. When it comes to moving away from these old-school tactics, a common misconception we come across is that it’s riskier to use a third-party provider to store the data for you. As a PCI level 1 Merchant Service Provider, we can confidently say this claim is false. In this post, we dive…

4 Reasons to Automate POS Data

4 Reasons to Automate POS Data

What does good point-of-sale data management look like? If the words ‘Excel spreadsheet’ have made it into your answer, let me stop you there. Manually recording and analyzing data may have worked well in the past, but in 2019 this method is a disservice to an automated approach for retailers. Of course, if you’re a retailer, you are probably well aware of this notion. In fact, according to a 2018 survey by Askuity of nearly 500 brands, a staggering 92% of retail brands crave more insight from their point-of-sale (POS) data. Simultaneously, 63% are looking to move away from…