Small Business Saturday® 2014 Special Offer


The fifth annual Small Business Saturday® kicks off this weekend across the United States. The founding partner of this much-anticipated event — American Express® — is offering small business owners a variety of resources to help make it the most successful post-Thanksgiving shopping day ever.

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Best Practices to Ensure Your Mobile Device is Payment Acceptance Ready


All merchants who process, store or transmit credit card information must maintain a secure transaction environment — and with mobile payment processing — as with all forms of electronic payment processing, the best way to secure electronic payments transactions is through compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This widely accepted set of policies and procedures is intended to optimize the security of credit and debit card transactions and protect cardholders against misuse of their personal information.

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Rooted or Jailbroken Devices are Unsafe for Mobile Payments


How much do you know about the mobile device you’re using? If you share your smartphone or if you purchased it used, you have a greater chance of having operating system security vulnerability. That’s because a used phone or one left in the hands of a curious teen might have been rooted or jailbroken. These terms refer to opening up a mobile device to allow the installation of third party apps.

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How to Accept Mobile Payments Safely and Securely


Although mobile payments offer convenience, ease and flexibility for both consumers and small business owners, the ControlScan/TransFirst 2013 Mobile Payment Acceptance Survey found some merchants are apprehensive to implement the new technology required to take them to the next evolution of payment processing.

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Simple Security Precautions to Protect Your Business


The revelation in early August that Russian hackers had stolen 1.2 billion user IDs and passwords — including access to 500 million email addresses — has set off a new round of cautionary articles on password security and data protection. Small businesses have become particularly vulnerable to hack attacks and should take necessary precautions to protect themselves.

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