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Cyberattacks Are Costly For Businesses

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All businesses can become the victim of a cyberattack or security breach. For those dealing in credit cards, debit cards and/or electronic fund transfers, breach protection is a must. It is the responsibility of every merchant to provide policies and technology to guard their business and its customers from the devastating losses that follow a security breach – which may include acts of fraud and stolen identities.

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Cybercriminal Tricks and How to Beat Them

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Monetary damage caused by reported cybercrime in 2013 in the United States amounted to more than $781 million — an almost 50 percent increase in reported losses over the previous year, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).  So it’s important to recognize some of the cybercriminal tricks your business may encounter and to know how to thwart them.

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Shoppers Wary of Breached Businesses, Study Says

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If you still need convincing that a data breach can have a serious and potentially fatal impact on your business, a recent poll of cardholding shoppers drives the message home. Conducted by CreditCards.com, it reveals that nearly half of those surveyed say they’re likely to avoid stores that have been breached.

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Vishing and Smishing — BEWARE!

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First there was “phishing”, the attempt to steal sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card account information by email by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Now, prepare yourself for variations on that theme: “vishing” (voice phishing) and “smishing” (phishing via bogus short message service, commonly known as texting).

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Best Practices to Ensure Your Mobile Device is Payment Acceptance Ready

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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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