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Are You Using The Best Card Processing Solutions?

Make Sure Your Merchant Account is the Best for Your Business At AVPS, we believe that continued discernment is what sets great entrepreneurs apart from the rest. As we approach tax time, now is the perfect time to take a second look at your options to see if you can get better rates, better service, […]

You May Need More Help Than Your Antivirus Software Can Give

You May Need More Help Than Your Antivirus Software Can Give

A recent article in Slate’s “Future Tense” section has some sobering news: “In 2005, Panda Software reported that a new strain of malware was discovered every 12 minutes. In 2016, the cybersecurity company McAfee says it found four every second.”   And by “malware,” they mean “the umbrella term for parasitic software like viruses, worms, […]

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How Your Small Business Can Benefit By Adding Mobile Processing

In the past, the AVPS team has talked about how mobile credit card processing has revolutionized innovative small business models. From food trucks to seasonal businesses, mobile processing removes the typical restrictions that keep entrepreneurs chained to traditional brick and mortar storefronts. This week, we want to look beyond even those innovators to the hidden […]

A Brief History of the Unlikely Rise of the Credit Card

A Brief History of the Unlikely Rise of the Credit Card

We don’t know if you’re in the habit of reading the venerable Christian Science Monitor, but they’re a reliable source of what remains real news, and many of their features and backgrounders are fascinating, as well. Just this week, they ran an interview with Matty Simmons, the former publicist-turned-Hollywood-producer, who is pushing 90. Without dating […]

New Fintech Rules? The Yin and the Yang

New Fintech Rules? The Yin and the Yang

Along with all the turmoil occupying our headlines these days, comes some under-the-radar discussion of potential new rules that could affect the financial sector — or at least the financial technology or “FinTech” sector. What’s happening, as Forbes recaps, is “the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”), a division of the U.S. Department […]

of SID, the Fed, and EMVs

of SID, the Fed, and EMVs

Often, we wish the news would be otherwise: Surely something other than yet-another-lapse- in-data-security must be in the payments news cycle. Well there is. But there’s also the lapse. In payments news, we see that the Fed has issued a progress report on its previously announced “Strategies for Improving the US Payment System”,  a plan […]

Data Breaches Hit "All Time High" -- AVPS Announces Countermeasures

Data Breaches Hit “All Time High” — AVPS Announces Countermeasures

All Time High was a good name for a James Bond film theme. But it’s an unwelcome descriptor for a trend in data breaches and hacks. As Insurance Business Magazine reports, “there were 1,093 tracked data breaches in 2016, a new all-time high according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and […]

Fraud Prevention. Why This Issue Affects All of Us

Fraud Prevention. Why This Issue Affects All of Us

Credit Card Processing Risk Management The issue of secure payment processing is obviously a longstanding battle between banking institutions and thieves, but this is a problem that affects both business owners and customers as well. We often think of the effects of fraud on a singular level—how it affects us. However, with thieves and hackers […]

Hacks Happening! But AVPS and SID Can Help!

Hacks Happening! But AVPS and SID Can Help!

We knew we’d have some “breachy” news to report this month — we always do — but little did we know how much! For starters, just up the boulevard from AVPS, L.A. Valley College decided to pay out $28,000 in BitCoin for a New Year’s Eve attack where ransomware captured their computers, or more specifically, […]