Fraud Costs Cut in Half Since the Introduction of EMV

Great news for the credit card processing industry: Just one year into the shift towards the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) system in the United States, and counterfeit fraud costs have been slashed by just over 50%. According to a report issued by credit card giant MasterCard in mid-September, counterfeit fraud costs are being sharply…

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FitPay: A Truly Wearable Payment Option

In the fragmented world of mobile payments, one company is taking advantage of unifying existing technologies for the benefit of shoppers. FitPay is a California company that was envisioned by veterans of the mobile payments industry. This innovative tech firm has paid close attention to shoppers who have been largely underwhelmed by “contactless” mobile payments…

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More Businesses Than You Think Still Pay By Check

Modern payment methods in the United States range from EMV chip cards to digital wallets to bitcoin; however, there’s one traditional form of payment that has managed to survive the shift towards digital. The use of paper checks by American business entities and individuals remains uncomfortably high in the 21st century. A 2013 survey by…

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Speeding up Chip Card Checkout Times with Visa

Over the last couple of years, more retailers and providers of merchant services in the United States have been settling into the new Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) credit card processing system. As EMV acceptance expands, business owners will start to see more technology upgrades offered by through their merchant services providers. One current quirk…

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Oracle MICROS Hackers Also Hacked 5 Other Companies

American companies that use credit card processing and merchant services are on high alert after a Russian hacking group breached the servers of various POS or point of sale systems. The first victim of the breach was tech giant Oracle, which in mid-2016 acquired MICROS Systems, a major provider of POS solutions for the retail…

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New Methods for Nonprofits to Accept Donations

The only means of sustenance for nonprofit organizations is the money they receive from a variety of sources. Because many NGOs want to maintain neutrality and independence in operations, they do not accept corporate funding. They therefore depend solely on funding sources such as road side stands, races and fairs to raise funds for operations.…

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What the PayPal and Visa Partnership Means for the Future of Payments

Discovering Visa and PayPal were partnering up has shaken up the credit card processing industry. It is believed that everything from merchant services to eBay will be affected. Some immediately lauded how the partnership will enhance in-store NFC payments. The most cynical critics believe Visa, with PayPal under its watchful eye, will be better suited…

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Data Breach at Wendy’s Expands to Over 1000 Locations

Data security issues at Wendy’s have now been super-sized. Following whispers of a data breach in January, Wendy’s finally confirmed payment security issues in May, when spokesmen admitted fewer than 300 stores had been affected by malware. Now, the company admits the real number of compromised restaurants is over 1,000. Thieves installed malware on POS…

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5 Signs Its Time To Upgrade

Your technology is outdated. Although upgrading your payment hardware every time a fancy new solution arises isn’t necessary, your technology has an expiration date. Since updating to the new iPhone or Android seems like an annual occurrence for most consumers, your business’ technology has the shelf life to be in use a little longer than…

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Special Interchange Rates For Your Nonprofit

Interchange rates, pricing models, payment gateways, integration software, the list drags on. Establishing a trusting credit card processor for your nonprofit organization can be overwhelming and often times complicated. With fixed rate programs, hidden fees, monthly minimum, cancellation charges, and equipment leases, there are many ways a merchant can fall into a trap of simply…

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