Battle for the Secure Element – MicroSD & NFC/Bluetooth Stickers

The epic battle over the secure element that enables NFC contactless mobile payments is taking shape and the corporate armies are building their positions and preparing for war.  The spoils of victory are substantial; by 2014, analysts expect mobile payments to reach $633 billion annually, with 490 million customers using their phones to move cash around.  The GSMA mobile operators favor the secure SIM card (both removable and embedded) while the banks appear to favor MicroSD cards fitted with NFC capabilities and stickers with combined NFC/Bluetooth chips.

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Look For Security Threats from the Inside

High-tech hackers capable of breaking into sophisticated networks may be what many small-business owners envision when hearing about data-security risks. In their minds, such breaches are more likely to plague a corporate retail giant than a small, family-run shop.

But in many cases, attacks can be as low-tech as a dishonest cashier jotting down a few credit card numbers and stuffing them in his pocket. And with the myriad ways companies face being affected by fraud, achieving 100% compliance with Payment Card Industry data-security standards among the more than 5 million small U.S. merchants can be daunting for ISOs and acquirers.

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What is EMV Chip-and-PIN?

Due to problems with “skimming” fraud, magnetic stripe bank cards are becoming a payment method of the past in most places around the world except America but that is soon to change. EMV, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and VISA, is a global standard for chip-and-PIN electronic payments. Insteading of paying with the old school mag-stripe credit card, soon mobile phones that have near field communications (NFC) chips will bring EMV chip-and-PIN payment technology to America.

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Thank you for visiting the ATM and Merchant Services Blog of Prineta Payment Consulting.  While we strive to regularly post new, relevant, and interesting payments content, we know its a big world.  If you like our content, you may also want to check out the list of payments industry blogs at and consider Payments Source.

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Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Compliance

Is your credit card processing PCI DSS Compliant? Limit unnecessary exposure; speak to one of our PCI Compliant Specialists to find out:

1.    If your terminal is Compliant with the latest requirements.

2.    If your Accounting Software is the latest and most protected Version?

3.    If your customer information is being properly encrypted when it dials
out or uses the Internet for Authorizations?

We can help ensure you are in compliance with all the latest security requirements by:

1.    Thoroughly explaining the requirements and making it easy to understand.

2.    Issuing you a new Compliant Credit Card Terminal if necessary.  We even offer free terminals to qualified merchants.

3.    Giving you a free copy of your Accounting Software’s most recent version if you process through Quickbooks or PeachTree.

4.    Providing recommendations and best practices for achieving and maintaining PCI DSS compliance.

5.    Introducing you to PCI compliance industry experts like Trustwave.

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Connect With Us On Merchant Circle!

Have you ever heard of Merchant Circle? If you own a small business and want to be found on the internet, you need to create an account on Merchant Circle and actively use all the available tools. It is like Facebook for small businesses. And best of all, it is FREE!