Entries tagged with “data security for small businesses”.


Running a small business requires a whole lot of patience and an even larger amount of decision making
skills. As part of the decision making process, managers and business owners have to decide on details
such as, what payment processor to go with. Approach your decision making process with a clear mind.
With these 5 tools, you will be sure to make the right decision for your small business.
1. Compare Fees and Associated Rates

Fees and associated rates are just two things that most credit card processing companies try to
manipulate customers with. Although some companies might provide seemingly low rates, look
for associated hidden fees—that’s usually how they mislead customers. Compare fees for both
swipe and keyed rates because they will be different.
2. Evaluate Point-of-Sale Solutions

Point of sale solutions, or POS is when a customer makes a merchant payment in exchange for
goods or services. During the POS, the merchant calculates the amount owed and provides a
payment solution. When evaluating POS, look at what equipment and software are available to
either rent or lease. Compare and contrast the benefits that equipment and software companies
are offering. Evaluate what your business needs and compare it to what companies are offering.
3. Not all Payment Processors are Equal

When you start to evaluate which payment processing company is good for you, remember that
not all payment processors are created equal. Meaning that although some companies rates
might appear to be lower than their competition, their hidden fees might actually result in their
fees being equal to their competitors.
4. Evaluate Security & Fraud Assistance

Are fraud detection and protection services included in the pricing? Or are they being offered at
an additional charge? As two of the components that can ultimately save your business tons of
money, security and fraud assistance are a must-have. Make sure your credit card processing
company can provide you with these services at a price you can afford.
5. Assess Monthly Minimums and Caps

Did you know that it typically takes between 24 and 72 hours for funds from a sales transaction
to be deposited in your account? Make sure your credit card processing company can guarantee
the transferal of funds within at least the 72 hours.
For more on learning how to select the ideal payment processor a team member at ProPay is here to help, contact us.

Finding the right payment processor for your small business is all about looking for features that match up well with what your business does. Here are some examples of features you should look for depending on your business.

Mobile Card Readers for Local Businesses

One useful feature you can get from a payment processing company is a mobile card reader. This is a device that sits right on top of your phone which can process credit cards securely in-person.

Many of the better ones give you a free app to go with it, and let you plug them right into a convenient area like the audio port. This feature is ideal for local businesses that do a lot of commerce in person and not at a stationary POS system within a store. A mobile card reader will be useful for brick and mortar stores that don’t want to pay extra for the more extensive credit card devices, and also for small businesses that carry product from within their own home and want to be able to process credit cards for local customers.

Multiple Payment Storage Options for Online Businesses

One excellent way to encourage repeat customers for your online business is to make it really easy for them to store payment options. Trivial inconvenience is the great killer of e-Commerce. If customers can store different credit cards and payment options with your site using a payment processing service that allows for this, then they can come back and make additional purchases with much less hassle.

Having to enter payment information over and over again is going to deter repeat business. That’s why the multiple storage feature can be useful for encouraging growth in small businesses that focus on internet transactions.

Regardless of how your small business operates, it can benefit from the right payment processing features. For more information about these features and others, please contact us at ProPay today.

A common misconception in business is that fraud prevention isn’t worth investing in. The way many business owners see it, investing in fraud prevention may help them avoid a few shady transactions, but they’ll wind up spending more in security anyway.

Not only is this idea wrong, but it’s also dangerous. First of all, fraud prevention has a positive return on investment (ROI) for most businesses. The amount of money they spend usually doesn’t compare to the money they would have lost.

Moreover, fraud prevention isn’t just about avoiding huge unauthorized transactions. It also deals with chargebacks from credit card companies which add up over time.

Here’s what a recent Practical ECommerce article has to say about such chargebacks:

“Chargebacks hurt your profits with the double impact of lost margin from unreturned product and additional fees from the bank. Then, MasterCard and Visa can charge additional amounts if chargebacks exceed 1 percent of your transactions. Plus, you have lost opportunity costs of your time when you fight chargebacks.”

So not only do these chargebacks cost you money, but you also have to spend time fixing the problem. That’s two assets you’re losing just because you didn’t practice fraud prevention.

Secondly, the idea of not practicing fraud prevention at all is just flat-out dangerous. You can’t just let anyone come to your business and make huge charges with their credit card. Your business has no choice other than to be accountable for its actions, so make sure you’re dealing with the right kind of people.

For many businesses, fraud prevention starts and ends with their payment processor. As long as you choose a secure payment processor, then you won’t have to worry about unsecured transactions or costly chargebacks.

To learn more about fraud prevention for your business, please contact us.

The recent hack of a major entertainment company demonstrates the weaknesses still existing in corporations, both large and small. The hackers, according to recent news, rendered the company “unable to process payments, leading to… canceled film shoots…”

If you think that you’re safe, think again! According to another news article, “the recent high-profile cyber security breach risks unleashing a wave of copycat attacks after the entertainment company showed the impact cyber criminals could have when the [company] canceled the release of [its movie].” Other cyber criminals have the potential to see that they could have a powerful influence on businesses and become brazen with their attacks. The article states that small and large entertainment-related companies are calling cyber security experts, terrified and willing to pull any and all movies that hackers may deem offensive – all in hopes that they are spared from cyber attacks.

During these turbulent cyber security times, you should choose a cyber secure payment processor. ProPay is always on top of the latest cyber security measures. Contact us today to learn more!

Being a merchant nowadays is very challenging – not only do you have to worry about the rebound from our recent economic recession – you also have to now worry about cyber security. According to Tech Crunch, more and more retailers are succumbing to hackers.

Many retailers, including major clothing, home-improvement, grocery, and restaurant chains  have been attacked and successfully breached. “[one retailer] saw 56 million accounts compromised!” The article states that a major reason why most retailers are being breached is because they haven’t converted from mag stripe card readers to more up-to-date systems like chip and PIN. If there’s a takeaway to this: if you have a brick and mortar store – you should update your system to avoid any breaches. Keep in mind that whether it’s your payment processor or you that gets breached – you’ll experience a major dent to your reputation either way. Make sure to choose a cyber-secure payment processor – and update your hardware/software on your end as well.

ProPay has been providing thousands of merchants (with more joining each day) with excellent payment processor services since the 1990s. Contact us today to learn more about our state-of-the-art cyber security measures – and how we can help your business succeed further.