Merchant Payment Solutions

Set Up a Secure E-Commerce Payment Application: Part 1

In this two-part series, we will talk about two popular payment acceptance paths for e-commerce: Embedded API for Direct Post, commonly referred to as transparent redirect, and hosted payment pages. We will look at how the solutions function and things to consider when selecting your preferred method.

Recently, I went to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center. It is an impressive piece of history to see firsthand. I could not help but think of how often you hear, “This isn’t rocket science.” This actually was rocket science! The complexity and inner workings of this ship are incomprehensible to most of us, a little intimidating, yet awe-inspiring.

The good news is that setting up a secure e-commerce environment doesn’t have to be rocket science, although it may sound like it. Known in the industry as “transparent redirect” or “Embedded API with Direct Post”, TC Trustee API is an elegant e-commerce payment solution that lets merchants do what they do best—manage the web site, user experience and environment—but leave the payment acceptance and security to the experts.

An embedded feature of the merchant-hosted payment form, the TC Trustee API code posts financial transaction field data from the customer browser straight to the TC secure processing platform. It is easy to set up, requiring a small amount of code and basic programming skills.

New to Electronic Payments? Start Here

Those new to electronic payment processing often ask, “Why do I need a payment gateway?” It’s a great question and this article will help explain.

In order to process electronic payments such as credit cards, debit cards, and ACH/electronic check payments, merchants work with payment gateways. A payment gateway sends the electronic payment data to a processor/acquiring bank that routes the payment securely to the issuing bank. A payment solution handles this complex workflow in mere seconds. An issuing bank maintains the consumer’s credit card account and pays out to a merchant’s account when the consumer makes a credit card purchase.

The gateway can be one piece of an overall payment solution. TrustCommerce payment solutions include gateway functionality, and much more.

Make Payment Security a Daily Priority

Merchant who store, process or transmit cardholder data, must be compliant with the PCI Data Security Standard. More often than not, PCI DSS Compliance is a starting point for protecting payments, not an achievement that can be crossed off a check list.

Headlines remind us of the ongoing risk of data compromise. A franchising company is the latest example. According to the company’s press release, an internal forensic investigation, launched after fraudulent activity was found on several payment cards that had been used at the company’s locations, identified suspicious files, including malware, on the licensees’ computer systems at 108 locations in 10 states. The franchising company is concerned that the suspicious files could indicate that an attacker(s) may have accessed data, including credit and debit card information. It is yet to be determined whether credit or debit card data was exposed.

To help you better understand how TrustCommerce’s security products could have helped prevent this “malware” attack, here are some key points.

PCI Compliance Game Plan for Insurance Companies

The insurance industry faces tremendous challenges when it comes to protecting customer data. Due to the nature of the business, a vast amount of sensitive information is collected about each customer. New stringent regulations demand that the data is kept secure, with steep penalties for non-compliance. Meanwhile, large databases of sensitive data are enticing targets for increasingly savvy hackers who can use that information for identity theft, fraudulent payments, and more. The consequences of a security breach are numerous and often devastating: lost customers, damaged brand and reputation, government fines, the cost of revising the information technology infrastructure, and a public relations crisis. How do you run a successful, PCI compliant insurance company without becoming a data security expert as well?

Meet PayWithIt: Secure Mobile Payments

If you know a thing or two about TrustCommerce, you know that we live and breathe security. You also know that we are flexible. Accepting payments in a variety of ways, is critical to most merchants. Take for example your typical hospital system. They collect co-payments at the terminal prior to a doctor’s visit, allow patients to pay their bill at a kiosk in the lobby, accept payments via web-based patient portal, utilize Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR), and much more. It is common for Non-Profit organizations to accept one-time and recurring donations online and also collect donations at events and activities. TrustCommerce payment solutions make it easy to capture payments wherever your customers are utilizing the most convenient and effective method. To that end, we’ve added a new method to accept payments—via your mobile device. We are happy to introduce you to PayWithIt, the TrustCommerce secure mobile payment acceptance solution.

Developer Friendly Payment Solutions

TrustCommerce and E-Commerce Developers are a perfect match. We speak the same language, can finish each other’s sentences, and are just a phone call away. Our relationship is effortless because:

TrustCommerce payment solutions are developer friendly! Our solutions are designed for easy set up and flexibility—integrating into any solution. We accomplish this using open-source technology and our 19+ APIs. Once integrated with the TrustCommerce payment system, you can implement the solution to any number of merchants.

Practical Ways to Protect Yourself Online

Zappos, online shoe and clothing retailer, is the latest merchant to succumb to a data breach. More than 24 million customer accounts were compromised, which may have included customer names, e-mail addresses, addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of credit card numbers and “cryptically scrambled” passwords. Zappos encrypts payment card data and said no credit or debit card information was accessed.

The recent Zappos breach has us all thinking about trust. We start to think about all the online sites in which we’ve placed our trust—accounts we’ve opened, where we’ve shopped and social networking sites where we disclose our lives, to name just a few. Many of us can’t remember them all; let alone the email or password we used. As we go about our daily lives, we repeatedly take leaps of faith. For convenience and opportunity, trust seems to be the only choice. However, there are some practical ways you can protect yourself.

Save Money on Payment Processing

Wouldn’t it be nice if payment processing came with a textbook for beginners? Unfortunately, many times merchants are on their own to master key terms and skillfully implement best practices that help manage costs. One of the biggest challenges can be understanding the interchanges rates set by the card networks and other fees incurred in order to accept credit card and other payments.

5 Tips to Reduce Holiday Shopping Fraud

As consumers, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday season and drop our guard when it comes to safe shopping. The increasing balances on credit cards often result in people not checking their statements until after the holiday season.  In a rush to make purchases, caution may take a back seat to convenience and the prevalence of goodwill may convince some shoppers that criminals wouldn’t take advantage of the holiday season. Unfortunately, the holiday season is when criminals are often most active.

Secure Payment Acceptance in a Dynamic Environment

Life was simpler way back when. Some of you may remember when televisions only had three channels. A pencil or typewriter was your primary means of written communication. When you made a purchase or paid a bill, you mailed a check or paid cash at the register. Choices were limited, but simplicity appeared to make everything a little more manageable.

Innovations have lead to more choices and greater convenience—especially in our payments world. Think of all the ways consumers pay today: cash, check, credit cards, ACH/e-check, debit cards, gift cards, etc. Merchants also have a multitude of ways to accept payments: POS, online, automated recurring billing, SMS, mail order/telephone order, kiosks, integrated voice recognition (IVR), mobile devices—you name it.