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How to Process Credit Card Payments After Signature Rule Change

How to Process Credit Card Payments After Signature Rule Change

In late 2017 and early 2018, the card brands revealed a major change to their long-held signature requirements for credit card transactions. MasterCard, Discover and Amex announced they would no longer require signatures for magstripe and EMV transactions beginning in April 2018. Visa announced that signatures would still be required in the event of a chargeback dispute for magstripe transactions, but would be optional for EMV. There are a few motivations for this protocol change. The card brands want to reduce payment friction and hope that eliminating a step in the payment process will entice merchants to upgrade to EMV-ready…

Experiencing TLS Issues? Here's Why

Experiencing TLS Issues? Here's Why

Right now, if you’re using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 protocols, you’re at risk for a data breach. A number of vulnerabilities have been found in this early encryption protocol, causing the card brands to require a security upgrade in order for businesses to meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) moving forward. But first, what exactly is TLS? It’s a cryptographic protocol that helps establish secure communication between two systems. It authenticates the systems and protects the confidentiality of the information passing between them. This update…

How the Way We Take Credit Card Payments Will Change

How the Way We Take Credit Card Payments Will Change

We’re all familiar with paper receipts. They’re so ubiquitous that you likely have one in your pocket or in your purse as you read this. For customers, they constitute a proof of purchase in case they want a refund or wish to verify the transaction amount against their credit card statements. For businesses, they provide the only evidence that a credit card payment was authorized, which is why businesses are weighed down by paper receipt copies — sometimes up to seven years’ worth — that are filed, boxed and stored. Signatures have historically been important to how we take credit…

The Buyer's Guide to Shopping for a POS Terminal

The Buyer's Guide to Shopping for a POS Terminal

Investing in a POS terminal carries obvious benefits. A combined 75 percent of consumers prefer to shop with a credit or debit card, so accepting credit cards opens your business up to a wider market than businesses that only accept cash. Some modern credit card terminals can also process alternative forms of payment, such as mobile payments. One downside is that researching credit card processing terminals can be daunting. What do you really need to know about EMV, NFC and PCI DSS? Consider this guide your key to understanding some of the more technical credit card terminal features that could…

5 Best Practices for POS Equipment Security

5 Best Practices for POS Equipment Security

Maintaining a secure business doesn’t just benefit you; it also benefits the customers who frequent your business and pay for your services. Simply locking your cash drawer isn’t enough if you accept credit card payments. Fraud costs businesses and consumers alike. According to the Federal Trade Commision, consumers reported over $744 million in fraud complaints in 2016. These complaints can impact the buyer perception of businesses that are breached or neglectful of fraud occurring on their premises. By implementing a device security protocol, you can stay on top of your business’s PCI compliance and actively prevent fraud.…