Credit Card Processing Tips and Tricks

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5 Consequences to PCI Non-Compliance

By Jeff Kohl on Sep 7, 2019 12:30:00 PM

What are the consequences for merchants if they are not PCI DSS compliant? 

PCI-DSS compliance can be difficult and time consuming to accomplish without the right guidance or help provided to you and your business. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards that help keep you and your business safe from a breach in the system, which could be costly. Being PCI compliant not only gives peace of mind but it makes your business stronger and more secure. Trying to attempt the complicated process on your own can, in some cases, steer a business down the path of being PCI Non-Compliant. This leaves your company and clients at risk in multiple ways, as this blog will demonstrate. Non-compliance can lead to many different consequences such as monthly penalties, data breaches, legal action, damaged reputation, and even revenue loss.

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3 Reasons Why APS Payments is AccountMate’s Preferred Payment Solution

By Candra Rader on Jun 6, 2019 7:25:00 AM

APS Payments was honored with the AccountMate Vertical Solution Partner Outstanding Partnering Award in 2018 for many reasons. APS Payments offers the only fully integrated AccountMate Level 3 credit card processing solution. The APS Payments and MKT credit card integration offers added functionality and several key features that increase the speed in which AccountMate users process payments, eliminate compliance issues, and drastically lower costs through Level 3 credit card processing.  Get data off your local servers, automate your payments to save time, eliminate double entry, reduce your risk with tokenized protection for private data via the APSPAYS vault, and Level 3 processing that can help you save thousands of dollars on transaction fees. Our APS Payments experts are standing by to advise your business on the best steps forward for your organization.

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New Merchant’s Guide Explains the Cost for PCI Compliance

By Liz Anderson on Jun 4, 2019 5:50:17 PM

APS Payment has published a free Merchant’s Guide to PCI Compliance to help merchants understand and comply with PCI DSS standards. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is the specific set of requirements designed to ensure all companies processing, storing, or transmitting credit card information maintain a secure environment. Keeping up with PCI DSS requirements is often overwhelming for the average merchant because it’s complicated and the rules constantly change. You must make sure all employees and systems that interact with credit cards are compliant. This includes the way employees handle credit card information, your network, ERP software, accounting, eCommerce, POS, and /or mobile applications.

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Top 12 Features to Look for in an Integrated Credit Card Processor

By Patty Benitez on Mar 28, 2019 8:03:00 AM

How to find the best integrated credit card processor for your business 


As a merchant, you know the importance of getting the most out of your credit card processing and merchant services provider.  You may have already discovered there is a lot to consider when looking for the best integrated credit card processor for your business. Most merchants agree that it is important to get the best rates but there is a lot more to consider. If you ever had a bad experience with a disreputable credit card processor, you know it is also important to work with a processing solution that you can trust. Savvy merchants know to avoid companies with aggressive and misleading sales tactics, deceptive rate quotes, confusing merchant statements, long-term contracts, cancellation penalties, manual processes, and/or horrible customer service. More than that, merchants need their merchant service provider to be their trusted friend and guide through the payments industry. With that in mind, APS Payments would like to present the top 12 traits of the best processors so that you can always be informed and attentive.

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Acumatica Credit Card Processing: How to Automate Payments

By Patty Benitez on Mar 7, 2019 10:13:09 AM

If you are using Acumatica, there is a simple and secure way to automate billing and get paid faster. APS ClickToPay is a perfect solution for any company that wants to get paid faster.   Stop wasting time with manual based payment collection and automate this process with APS ClickToPay.

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Leading Payment Processing Provider Gets a Fresh New Look

By Patty Benitez on Jan 8, 2019 3:45:24 PM

As we head into the new year, we reflect on our successes and share gratitude with our customers and partners who have  helped us along the way. Your business has truly been a gift. We are excited to announce that our American Payment Solutions (APS) and North American Payment Solutions (NAPS) brands have a fresh new look in 2019. The brand change is one part of a  transition that we are making to combine our two companies into one name for our global brand. APS and NAPS have been combined into one easily recognizable brand - APS Payments.

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4 Tips to Understanding Merchant Statement Fees

By Patty Benitez on Nov 26, 2018 12:23:31 PM

Understand how you can reduce merchant statement fees and save money!

Are you getting the best rates with your merchant services provider?  How would you know?  As a merchant, you have options when it comes to merchant service providers. The cost of processing credit cards can get out of hand if you are not able to keep a close eye on your monthly merchant statement. If you think your monthly credit card processing merchant statements are confusing, you are not alone. It is very possible that your merchant statement is confusing by design. If you look into your processing fees and start rate shopping, you might find some good reasons to switch to another processor.

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What is Level 3 Credit Card Processing?

By Patty Benitez on Nov 7, 2018 10:05:51 AM

How can my business benefit from Level 3 processing?  

One common question that our team at American Payment Solutions (APS) receives from many merchants is, “What is the difference between Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 processing?”

Selecting the right processing level for your business simply requires understanding how much data you are able to provide about your transactions. The more data provided to Mastercard and Visa, the higher the savings.  Offering more data results in added security and protection from fraud as well as lower credit card transaction fees. As explained below, Level 3 processing provides the best security and requires the most data.

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New PCI DSS Compliance Evaluation Tool to Help with Data Security

By Patty Benitez on Oct 22, 2018 12:51:36 PM

Just this summer, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) released a new Data Security Essentials Evaluation Tool that helps small merchants assess security practices and evaluate how they are addressing potential security risks. This tool is an easy-to-use guide made to help you assess your PCI DSS compliance evaluation and security policy for 2018 and 2019. The tool walks you through a series of questions based on your specific method of collecting payments and individual payment environment. The purpose of the tool is to inform you of any security breaches made possible by the way that you process and store credit card data. Once you answer the series of questions, you will have clear and workable suggestions for data security improvements for improved PCI DSS compliance.

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PCI DSS Compliance Checklist – Get Ready for 2019

By Patty Benitez on Oct 8, 2018 10:53:30 AM

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) offers several layers of protection for credit cardholders against theft. Merchants are required to maintain current standards of compliance to protect your cardholder data and avoid penalties in the event of a security breach.  The PCI Security Council outlined the 12 steps you can take to ensure compliance and protect your customer’s data.

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