In reference to last month's article about the TLS issue, we just want to remind everyone again that if you have not updated your point of sale system, most likely your integrated credit cards* will stop working in June. While the official deadline is June 30th, many gateways are proactively switching over before then.Read More >
Yes, credit cards may stop working on your point of sale system this summer! We are providing you with more information on this important issue - please take a moment to read.
First some definitions and background on this topic:
TLS: Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol used to establish a secure communications channel between two systems.
SSL: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private.
On Feb. 13, 2015, the PCI Security Standards Council announced that SSL, a protocol designed to ensure that data provided between a web server and a web browser, such as credit card information, remains secure - is no longer an acceptable way to provide strong cryptography, due to a number of known fundamental vulnerabilities. The deadline is June 30, 2018.Read More >
In March, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced new changes to the PCI Qualified Integrators and Resellers (QIR) Program in response to industry feedback and data breach report findings. The program changes are designed to increase the number of QIRs and equip them to help merchants reduce risk by mitigating the leading causes of payment data breaches.
The PCI SSC QIR program offers specialized data security training and certification to individuals that install, configure and/or support payment systems. PCI SSC maintains a listing of PCI QIRs on its website for merchants to use in identifying and selecting trusted partners. Since the program was established in 2012, breach reports highlight that smaller merchants are increasingly under attack, and that the majority of merchant payment data breaches could be prevented by addressing three critical issues: insecure remote access, weak password practices and outdated and unpatched software.Read More >
Data Breaches, ID Theft, Credit Card Breaches - we hear this all the time in the news. And this is the last thing you as an owner or manager want to experience for your business!
Please take time to read this! It could save your business!Read More >
If you accept credit cards in your business and want to avoid charge backs and/or reduce credit card fraud, we strongly encourage you to read this article from TSYS, one of our favorite preferred credit card processors:
See the list of the questions about charge backs answered in this article:Read More >
Update from one of our major paper suppliers:
January 5, 2018 – Thermal paper supply continues to be allocated by the mills due to the on-going leuco dye shortage. Mills continue to search for alternative sources of supply to meet customer demand. These sources often come at a price premium driving up prices for thermal paper. A thermal paper surcharge was just passed to the market and will be in effect at least through the first quarter of 2018.
As of today, neither Chinese leuco dye plant has restarted production. The exact date for the restart of the Chinese leuco dye plants is still unknown. When they resume manufacturing, the supply chain is expected to take months to fill. As such, we currently project supply will remain allocated through the first half of 2018.
Our strategy with respect to thermal paper supply continues to keep Iconex in the best possible position for paper availability.Read More >
So the good news first - the pricing of bond paper (non-thermal paper often used in kitchen printers) has gone down, and we have lowered our prices accordingly. We like lowering our costs, and passing the savings on to our customers!
And now, for the not so great news from the thermal paper industry: