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EMV Benefits: It’s Not Just Security Benefits; it’s Much More than That!

June 23, 2014

EMV credit cards use an electronic chip that is built inside them. EMV provides superior security features for credit card processing and credit card merchant services. EMV uses advanced cryptography and digitally-signed payment data which makes the transactions secure. Advantages of EMV go beyond Better Security Aspects While EMV is mostly known for the advanced security features it provides, the benefits to the business community, specifically merchant account providers, and consumers, go beyond that. Businesses such as ATMs and fuel stations, , point-of-sale (POS) developers can significantly benefit from the EMV technology.

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A Guide to Credit Card Machine Buying

A Quick Guide to Credit Card Machine Buying

June 16, 2014

Credit card machines allow businesses to offer their customers with versatile and easy payment options. With multiple payment options, customers can make payments without any hassle. Credit card machines can support both credit and debit card payments. Before purchasing a credit card machine, price details and specifications need to be taken into consideration. Going through the available photos and user reviews, if any, can help you immensely in making the right choice. Choose Machines According to Your Business Needs There are various factors that need to be taken into account before purchasing these machines. The credit card machine specifications need to be compatible with your current system and supported by your merchant account provider.

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EMV Technology: Answering Some FAQs

June 9, 2014

  EMV is a standard set of specifications for smart card payments and acceptance devices. The cards consist of built-in microprocessors which enhance the security of merchant credit card processing and other merchant account services. EMV technology enhances security features of retail credit card processing services to a great level. We answer some common queries about EMV, the technology used in it, and other aspects. Who introduced EMV? EMV was introduced jointly by the card associations, namely, EuroPay, MasterCard and Visa. This was done for the standardization of credit card processing technologies across the globe.

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MerchantService.com Ranks Third Best Mobile Processing Firm

May 2, 2014

(PRWEB) May 02, 2014 topcreditcardprocessors.com Reports MerchantService.com as the Third Best Mobile Processing Firm for the Month of May 2014   The independent authority on credit card processors, topcreditcardprocessors.com, has named MerchantService.com the 3rd best mobile processing service for the month of May 2014. MerchantService.com was chosen based on their impressive performance in an in-depth analysis of the solutions they offer. While there are thousands of agencies offering a variety of solutions, the rankings consist of the best highlighted based on the results of the rigorous evaluation process.

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Doubts Emerge About Small Merchants’ EMV Readiness

February 27, 2014

Digital Transaction News Feb. 14th, 2014   As Key Chip Deadline Looms, Doubts Emerge About Small Merchants’ Readiness By John Stewart   With Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. digging in their heels on a key chip card deadline, payments executives are expressing doubts that all U.S. small businesses will be ready. “The short answer is no,” says Henry Helgeson, chief executive of Merchant Warehouse, a Boston-based merchant processor. “We still have a lot of work to do as an industry.”   In October 2015, the major card networks will shift liability for card fraud to the party that isn’t equipped to handle chip card transactions on the Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) standard. While Visa and MasterCard appeared to some observers to be…

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WARNING – First Data Phishing Attack

February 12, 2014

Feb, 12th 2014 First Data has learned of a widespread phishing attack telling recipients that their merchant ID has been locked.   Unsolicited email containing errors should always raise a red flag, especially if combined with a call to action, such as calling a toll-free number or clicking on a link. If you receive an email similar to the one below, immediately delete it from your inbox and deleted items folder.  Do not open any attachments. No further action is required on your part.

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Visa / MasterCard Class Action Settlement Recovery

February 12, 2014

A court case was recently settled between a group of merchants, on one hand, and Visa, MasterCard, and issuing banks, on the other hand, about unfair business practices related to interchange fees. If you accepted Visa or MasterCard between January 1, 2004, and November 28, 2012, you are part of a $7 billion dollar settlement. But, you have to register to be included. MerchantService.com and Brownstone Recovery Group are here to help.

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Hacked credit card machine TEXTS your info to criminals

September 19, 2013

Video A Russian-speaking man casually shows on camera how he can download a punter’s bank-card details and PIN from a hacked card reader. In a video demonstrating a tampered sales terminal, a card is swiped through the handheld device and a PIN entered – just as any customer would in a restaurant or shop. Later, after a series of key-presses, the data is transferred to a laptop via a serial cable. See Full Article provided by The Register

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The Not So Free – Free Credit Card Machine

August 22, 2013

In today’s competitive marketplace, merchant account services are a must for any business. 80 percent of all retail customers pay with their credit and debit cards. If your business does not accept credit cards, your customers may go to someone who does; your competitor. The acceptance of major credit cards is a key factor in customer satisfaction and the success of your business. When selecting a new merchant account provider just beware of any companies that may try to sway you by offering free credit card machines. It is nice to get something for free, but in reality, nothing really is free.

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How to compare merchant service providers to ensure you are receiving the best rates

August 14, 2013

Many credit card processors offer a variety of different processing rates and fees. If you are looking to do business with a merchant services company, it’s crucial to understand that comparing quotes from one merchant service provider to the next can be difficult. Rates will vary depending on the pricing method, type of card, the manner in which the card is processed and your adherence to qualifying criteria associated with the sale. With merchant service providers, the first thing to do is to look for a reputable company that offers interchange pass through pricing, interchange is the actual wholesale cost of the cards accepted and determines the overall cost a merchant pays for their credit card services. As a business…

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