In April of 2014, Microsoft Corporation stopped supporting your XP operating system. (making it is susceptible to malware)
If you are using XP as the operating system you are in need of an upgrade as mandated by the Card issuers MC/Visa/Amex/Discover.
Credit Card Brands and others within the processing industry warn that fines and penalties will be levied on sites compromised.
We wish to assist you right away with the upgrades needed.
We have specific plans and payment options available so you can act now
If on XP operating system Check Hardware’s compatibility with new OS as many machines 5 years
or older require more memory or hard drive upgrades to even load the new OS.
Replace non- compatible hardware
Depending upon business type Quick Service, Table Service or Retail the additional pieces of Hardware may vary
We suggest encrypted Card readers and Pin Pads that take your POS out of scope yet still protect the swiped card data
Starting July 1, 2010, new national regulations regarding storing of Credit Card numbers on computer based systems takes effect.
The following 12 high level Requirements which comprise the core of the PCI-DSS Standards are found on Visa’s Website:
Build and Maintain a Secure Network
Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect data.
Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters.
Protect Cardholder Data
Protect Stored Data.
Encrypt transmission of cardholder data and sensitive information across public networks.
Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
Use and regularly update anti-virus software.
Develop and maintain secure systems and applications.
Implement Strong Access Control Measures
Restrict access to data by business need-to-know.
Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access.
Restrict physical access to cardholder data.
Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data.
Regularly test security systems and processes.
Maintain an Information Security Policy
Maintain a policy that addresses information security.
Why are EMV cards more secure than traditional cards?
Unlike magnetic-stripe cards, every time an EMV card is used for payments, the chip card creates a unique transaction code that cannot be used again.
How do I use an EMV card to make a purchase?
“Instead of going to the register and swiping your card, you are going to do what is called ‘card dipping’ instead, which means inserting your card into a terminal slot and waiting for it to process.”
Is card dipping the only option?
Not necessarily. EMV cards can also support contact less card reading. Dual interface cards and the equipment needed to scan them are expensive. Right now, the first step is to successfully integrate EMV cards into the U.S. shopping scene. Dual interface will arrive later.
Will I still have to sign or enter a pin for my card transaction?
“The card production demand today is really based on chip-and-signature cards”. “It will probably take two to three years to fully convert to chip- and-pin.”
If fraud occurs after EMV cards are issued, who will be liable for the costs?
After an Oct. 1st, 2015 deadline created by major U.S. card issuers Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express, the liability for card-present-fraud will shift to whichever party is the least EMV-compliant in a fraudulent transaction
So by Oct. 1st, 2015 the transition to EMV technology will be complete?
“Don’t expect a big bang in October of 2015, “says Doug Johnson, vice president of risk management for American Bankers Association. “In terms of rollout, we expect about 50% of banks and retailers to be completely transitioned over. It’s going to take a little time to adapt.”
If I want to use my chip-card at a retailer that doesn’t support EMV technology yet, will it work?
Yes. The first round of EMV cards—many of which are already in consumers’ hands—will be equipped with both chip and magnetic-stripe functions so consumer spending is not disrupted and merchants can adjust.
It is not mandated or required
There will be additional costs
Merchants do have a choice but there are some factors to consider:
Are you located in an area were counterfeit or lost and stolen cards are often used in your business?
Do you accept a lot of international cards?
How many charge backs occurred in your business within the last year? What were the reasons for those charge backs?
What is the COST to implement EMV standards in your business and does that cost make sense for your business’s RISK?
Multiple Processing Platforms
Processing Platforms, which allow Gift Card and Credit/Debit transactions through the same encrypted card reader.
Net E pay which is middleware to encrypt the data received from POS Software and securely sends to the processor.
Hardware – Point of Sale Terminals that will work with latest Operating Systems and everything from encrypted card readers to customer facing terminals that allow Smart Card use.
In other words we have everything your business needs to securely process credit/ debit cards for you and your customers.