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PCI Compliance Fee

Many businesses that accept credit cards wonder what the PCI compliance fee is and why they have to pay it. It all starts with the information that a retailer gains when a customer purchases a product or service using their credit or debit card to pay for the transaction. The thin black strip on the…

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Data Breach Solutions

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog has a quick follow up to its ongoing coverage of the Global Payments Data Breach. The past two entries in our blog have taken a sweeping look at the big picture of data breaches and PCI DSS and how effective those security standards are. PCI Compliance is a topic…

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PCI and the Data Breach

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog continues looking at the bigger picture of the impact from the Global Payments Data Breach — specifically looking at the affect it’s going to have on PCI DSS as well as a little foray into State Security Breach Notification Laws. You’ll remember yesterday we highlighted some of the criticisms found in…

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Data Breach Consequences

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog is going to delve into the bigger picture of the impact that the Global Payments Data Breach is going to have on the payment processing industry. Obviously this news is going to have a huge impact on Global Payments itself. The company faces a big penalty after Visa dropped…

PCI Security from Host Merchant Services

Merchants are Slacking on Security

According to a study by Verizon, 79% of organizations were not fully compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) in their initial audit in 2010. That’s about the same level as the previous year, the first year the study was done. This is distressing news since PCI Compliance is extremely important…