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Insights on payment data security, payments news and trends

Using Panasonic SMP? You are no longer PCI compliant.

By Don Bunt, President of Bunt Software July 1st brought some significant changes impacting merchants using Panasonic SMP. New rules regarding card practices took effect and included PCI DSS changes as developed by the PCI Security Standards Council. When Panasonic decided to concentrate on their workstation business last year, they discontinued support for their software
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Visa Takes a Stand on Tokenization

Merchant Link was very pleased to see Visa’s news today advising that retailers should not retain credit card data for chargebacks and we strongly agree with their position. This has long been a point of concern for us and a pain point for merchants, in fact we raised it during last year’s PCI US Community
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Panasonic POS System Users: You Can Relax Now… New Solution Extends the Life of SMP

Panasonic recently decided to stop supporting the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP), leaving approximately 3,500 merchants and Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) scrambling for an alternative point-of-sale (POS) credit interface. But you can relax SMP merchants and dealers! Merchant Link and Bunt Software have announced the development of a next generation point-of-sale payment interface called SMPLink.
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Hotels Remain #1 Target for Hackers

Hackers are now stealing credit card data from hotels more often than any other industry. With nearly 38% of data-breach investigations in 2009 originating from hotels, the industry must come together and develop standards, beyond PCI, to ensure credit card processing is secure. In fact, just last week during HITEC, which is one of the
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InterContinental Hotels Group Selects Merchant Link

ORLANDO, Fla., June 15 /PRNewswire/ — HITEC Booth #515 — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), whose brands include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Indigo, has signed a master agreement with credit card gateway and payments security provider Merchant Link. The contract endorses Merchant Link
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