SecurityCents Blog

Insights on payment data security, payments news and trends

The Case of the Lost Credit Card

I am sure this has happened to most of us. You look in your wallet or purse for your credit card to pay for something and much to your dismay you cannot find it! Ugh!

Mobile Wallets on a Slow Rise

Recently, I was reading an article on the adoption rates of mobile wallets. I was curious to know whether I was behind the curve on this payment offering and if so, by how much!

EMV: Chip Cards, By the Numbers

The switch to EMV is well underway in the United States. This means new processes for customers and merchants. Some customers are seeing the changes more than others but more will be coming soon. This switch involves new in-store technology and internal systems for merchants. As well as new card and learning mew payment processes for consumers. But ultimately this brings greater protection against counterfeit fraud.

Point-to-Point Encryption, What You Need to Know

P2PE is a payment security solution that involves the encryption of cardholder data. Cardholder data includes any information contained on a customer’s payment card, including the primary account number (PAN), cardholder name, expiration date and data used for authentication and authorization. The data may be printed on either side of the card and contained in digital format on the magnetic strip or in the microchip embedded in the card.

How EMV Affects the Little Guy

I have a unique background. Yes, I work for Merchant Link, providing the latest payment security technologies to small, medium, and large hospitality organizations. Prior to Merchant Link, I sold POS for two large organizations, both of which are global companies, and both of which have some of the highest profile clients you could imagine.

4 Payment Technologies Hospitality Businesses Need to Increase Security

Hospitality is a dynamic industry and is constantly evolving, particularly with the integration of new technologies to engage customers and improve service quality. Hospitality executives need to be aware of key technologies in the market, including the latest developments in payment solutions. I’ve summarized four technologies that hospitality tech executives need to understand.

NRF 2017 Recap

Another January and another NRF Big Show under our belts. This year’s show was very well attended with over 33,000 attendees and 500+ vendors. Sir Richard Branson delivered a great keynote describing the foundation of Virgin Atlantic after being stranded on vacation and chartering his own plane and selling the extra seats to other stranded travelers.

Payment Security and its Impact in Lodging

As payment security has evolved over the years, so has merchants’ implementation and approaches to PCI and security. Separating PCI from security makes sense because PCI is considered a minimum set of standards to try to keep a merchant’s environment, and customer’s data in that environment, secure.

Hotel Data Security: Why Cloud Computing is the Reliable Option

In the early days there was a little bit of fear mongering regarding the security of the cloud and despite its wide scale adoption (more than 90% of enterprises and 52% of all SME use cloud services in the US) cloud computing is still an object of skepticism for some who have mixed feelings about it’s security and reliability.