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Rooted or Jailbroken Devices are Unsafe for Mobile Payments

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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

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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

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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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“Beating the Shift” Webinar Set for Nov. 19

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With a major liability shift deadline less than a year away, credit card issuers, acquirers and merchants are gearing up for the conversion of the U.S. payments market to the EMV chip card standard already in use worldwide. In collaboration with industry publication Digital Transactions, TransFirst® is sponsoring a webinar for ISOs and other acquirers entitled “Beating the Shift: Tactics to Get Merchants from Mag Stripe to EMV by Oct. 1, 2015”.

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Help for Small Businesses to Protect Credit Card Data

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Small businesses are heavily targeted by criminals and hackers for financial account information, contributing to the considerable growth of some types of identity fraud. According to a recent survey report , financial information is most sought after by criminal organizations, among all types of sensitive data.They are successfully targeting this data for theft and subsequent misuse now more than ever.

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