Month: January 2012

Facebook Attacks Clickjackers

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog takes a look at one of the latest and most twisted developments in online marketing: Clickjacking. This topic comes up because of a new lawsuit that is making the news. Facebook has filed a lawsuit against the company Adscend Media. The suit claims Adscend developed targeted spam campaigns and encouraged others …

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Top Free Online Shopping Carts

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog shifts its focus to the E-Commerce industry — specifically some tips we’ve found online to help small businesses with their e-commerce solution. An article written by Nova Scotian Vangie Beal details the ins and outs of ten open source online shopping carts that are available to merchants or really …

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Phishing Scam Alert

Attention Merchants. The Official Merchant Services Blog has been made aware of an e-mail based Phishing campaign designed to trick individuals into providing login credentials for their credit card processing — specifically one of the payment gateways that a merchant uses. The e-mail generally has a subject title of “Annual Agreement Renewal”  and the body …

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SOPA: Time For a Nap

When last we posted, The Official Merchant Services Blog was busy highlighting its own in depth coverage of the Stop Online Piracy Act and having a few yuks at the expense of the bill’s sponsor, Lamar Smith [R-TX], for having a web-site that violated the bill he sponsored. Since then, SOPA has somersaulted into the …

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SOPA: Pot Meet Kettle

The Official Merchant Services Blog has late breaking news to report today. Once again we take on the topic of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In perhaps the strangest twist to date for the ongoing saga that is the battle between the entertainment industry to curb piracy and the internet industry to keep their …

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Host Merchant Services Partnerships

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog gives the floor exclusively to Host Merchant Services. The topic being Partnerships and what the company offers with its partnership programs. What are Partnership Programs? The bulk of the payment processing providers out there offer individual services directly to merchants and their specific businesses. Host Merchant Services, the premier …

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E-Commerce: Review and Preview

The Official Merchant Services Blog begins our second year of blogging with a look at one of our favorite topics: E-Commerce. 2011 saw huge gains for online shopping. As reported in The Official Merchant Services Blog on Cyber Monday, online shopping was strong on Black Friday. IBM research unit Coremetrics stated that 20% more consumers shopped online Black Friday …

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