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How Federated Identity Solutions Help Merchants Create Convenient Payment Experiences

Federated identity management isn’t something people often think about when looking at how merchants can facilitate payment efforts. But the process is essential, as it is about getting subscribers in a network to access the same identification data surrounding a person. Identity federation entails getting a user’s identity data out over many security domains. Each …

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What is Tokenization in Payments?

If you accept credit card payments, security should be your utmost concern. Amid the PCI compliance issues, tokenization is one of the primary issues/concerns all businesses should know and understand. What is Tokenization? It sounds complicated by tokenization is literally replacing important numbers with ‘tokens’ or a string of numbers/characters for security purposes. The numbers …

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iCloud Keychain to Now Store Credit Card Data

Apple’s recent software update includes a new product called the iCloud Keychain. With the feature, consumers can save sensitive information in a secure online file. Specifically, Keychain will save passwords and credit card information for all of their Apple devices. The program also helps Internet users create safer passwords.  Given the new functionality allowing users …

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Tokenizaton Makes Card use Safe

Safeguarding Stored Cardholder Data with Tokenization In this era of connectivity, consumers are increasingly concerned about the safety of their personal data. Leaders in the merchant services industry are actively engaged in developing new ways to protect customer information. Here at Host Merchant Services, we commit to security by providing our clients with tokenization, the …

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AlignCloud and HMS partner up

Host Merchant Services, an industry leading provider of payment processing and e-commerce services for small and medium businesses, announced a promising new partnership with cloud consulting firm AlignCloud. This partnership is the product of extensive research and collaboration and the bold new alliance  represents an exciting opportunity for customers to benefit from the combined expertise of …

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PCI Guidelines for Mobile Apps

Today the Official Merchant Services Blog will examine the PCI Security Standards Council’s most recent guidelines, and their slow crawl towards comprehensive security requirements for mobile devices. On Thursday, the PCI Security Standards Council released a set of best practices geared toward software developers of mobile devices.  These guidelines come four months after they released …

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Global Data Breach: Update #3

For today’s installment of The Official Merchant Services Blog, we are bringing you the most recent developments of the now infamous Global Payments Data Breach. Back in March When we first reported the breach, it had supposedly affected 50,000 cardholders and revolved around a taxi and parking garage company in the New York City area. …

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HMS News: For Our Merchants

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog is just going to offer a quick update on some services Host Merchant Services provides directly for its current customers. Today our site launched a page for our current merchants to go to in order to access online assistance services. There are currently two: TRUPCI We’ve pushed our PCI …

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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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