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01/05/2016

AMEX Has Replaced OnePoint With OptBlue

AMEX Has Replaced OnePoint With OptBlue

For years, Shift4 has provided small merchants with direct payment processing to American Express (AMEX) along with support for the AMEX OnePoint program. OnePoint catered to merchants that processed less than $500,000 (under a single tax ID) in AMEX charges each year. However, on November 1, 2015, the OnePoint program ended and AMEX began offering …

01/05/2016

Microsoft to End Support for Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Microsoft to End Support for Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Microsoft announced that they’ll be ending support for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer that is currently offered for a desktop or server operating system as of January 12, 2016. If you are not running a version of Internet Explorer that is receiving regular security patches, your PCI DSS compliance status may be …

01/05/2016

Shift4 Sponsors Faith Lutheran High School’s VEX Robotics Program

Shift4 Sponsors Faith Lutheran High School’s VEX Robotics Program

Robot vs. Robot Each year, the VEX Robotics students form several small teams that prepare for and compete in local, national, and international VEX Robotics Competitions. In 2015 alone, teams from Faith Lutheran have won two Nevada State Championships, multiple tournament championships, as well as individual awards for design, excellence, innovation, and sportsmanship. In April …

12/01/2015

Executive Insight: Winning the War for Payment Card Data

Executive Insight: Winning the War for Payment Card Data

By Steve Sommers – Senior Vice President of Applications Development, Shift4 Corporation Last year, the United States experienced what has been dubbed “the year of the data breach.” Now, we’re nearing the end of 2015, and data breaches continue to plague merchants. Some are saying that hackers’ tactics are changing and that remote-access attacks are …

12/01/2015

‘Tis The Season For Secure Mobile Payments!

‘Tis The Season For Secure Mobile Payments!

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season – and for millions of holiday shoppers that means purchasing decorations, food, and gifts that make the season bright. According to the National Retail Federation, “Despite the challenges that still exist in our economy, it looks as if consumers are eager to celebrate the holidays …

12/01/2015

Dara Security Assesses True P2PE™

Dara Security Assesses True P2PE™

At Shift4, we value our customers’ payment data security above all else. Every product and technology we provide was created knowing that data breaches and fraud are real threats that can happen to anyone at any time. With that in mind, we want to make sure that all of our payment solutions are as secure …

09/01/2015

Support for Windows Server 2003 Is Over

Support for Windows Server 2003 Is Over

In March, we warned merchants that Microsoft’s extended support for Windows Server 2003 would be ending. In July, this extended support period expired. On August 20, 2015, Visa issued a Security Bulletin about the Windows Server 2003 end of life for acquirers, issuers, processors, merchants, and agents. We’re sharing that bulletin below for your reference. …

09/01/2015

Get in Gear for EMV

Get in Gear for EMV

The U.S. EMV migration liability shift date, October 1, 2015, is almost here. Are you on the road to EMV chip card acceptance? Earlier this year, we shared a road map to give merchants and independent software vendors (ISVs) a quick look at how to get ready for EMV. Now, we’re sharing the steps merchants, …

08/04/2015

Don’t Fall Victim to Malware

Don’t Fall Victim to Malware

Malware attacks have become increasingly common for merchants who process payments using remote-access systems, according to a recent alert from the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC). In the past year, there has been a significant increase in reports of malware that invades point-of-sale (POS) or property management systems (PMS) and creates a …

07/07/2015

Executive Insight: Take the Time to Do EMV Right (Part 2)

Executive Insight: Take the Time to Do EMV Right (Part 2)

By Steve Sommers – Senior Vice President of Applications Development, Shift4 Corporation Last month, we talked about how some organizations are pressuring merchants to rush into EMV solutions instead of urging merchants to take the time to adopt a strategic approach to EMV. This month, I’ll review some of the nuances of the EMV liability …

07/07/2015

Shift4 Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Tokenization!

Shift4 Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Tokenization!

Tokenization has become more of a household name as of late, as more companies adopt the technology and as sister technologies like the consumer-based “payment tokens” of mobile wallets take shape. Shift4, on the other hand, has been using tokenization long before anyone else. After all, we invented it a decade ago! How was tokenization …

07/07/2015

12 Hospitality Touchpoints Secured by Shift4

12 Hospitality Touchpoints Secured by Shift4

From a payments point of view, hospitality environments are particularly complex. Typically, hotels keep payment card information on file for booking guarantees, advanced deposits, refunds, incremental authorizations, and more. This makes the hospitality environment at hotels, resorts, and motels particularly vulnerable to data thieves, who target these environments to retrieve payment card information held within …