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If It's Wednesday,  It Must Be SID4B Training Day! (WebEX Link Inside!)

If It’s Wednesday, It Must Be SID4B Training Day! (WebEX Link Inside!)

We’re excited here at AVP Solutions, as Wednesday, April 19th rolls around! Not because it’s the day after Tax Day (well, maybe a little because of that), but because it’s our long-talked about SID4B Training Day, at last! Our mission at AVP Solutions has always been to equip our merchants with the most comprehensive services […]

May the Force Not Be With You: Guard Against Fraudulent Force-Posted Transactions (Pt. 1)

May the Force Not Be With You: Guard Against Fraudulent Force-Posted Transactions (Pt. 1)

Among the many types of hacks and frauds we warn about, or sadly have to post about (a report discussed by Reuters this week finds that “cyber security breaches erode companies’ share prices permanently”), one to be especially vigilant about is the “force sale” (sometimes called a “force capture” or “offline transaction.”) Generally, these transactions […]

AVP Solutions Launches "SID" (SmartIDentity for Business) Training; Join us on April 19th

AVP Solutions Launches “SID” (SmartIDentity for Business) Training; Join us on April 19th

Our mission at AVP Solutions is to equip our merchants with the most comprehensive services and the highest level of customer service available.  In that tradition, we are proud to announce the addition of SmartIDentity for Business (SID4B) to our core suite of services! You have received a product overview and notification letter and we […]

Better Credit Card Deals Can Be Yours For the Asking  

Better Credit Card Deals Can Be Yours For the Asking  

Who knew that a better deal on credit card rates and fees was simply yours for the asking? Well, evidently everyone who picked up a telephone and dialed up and asked for it! And by “telephone” and “dialing,” we actually mean tapping the number pad on that little computer in your pocket. CreditCards.com, according to […]

PCI Oh My: New Study Shows Compliance Can “Make or Break” Merchant Relationships

PCI Oh My: New Study Shows Compliance Can “Make or Break” Merchant Relationships

A  new ControlScan survey making the rounds of the financial press, showing that “one in four acquirers say that how they approached Payment Card Industry security standard compliance caused them to lose merchant accounts.” As one ControlScan exec said, “Easing their merchants’ PCI compliance pain is certainly to the acquirer’s competitive advantage, but for risk […]

Record “Green” Predicted for St. Paddy’s; Eyeing Payments on Other Side of Rainbow

Record “Green” Predicted for St. Paddy’s; Eyeing Payments on Other Side of Rainbow

“Americans,” according the National Retail Federation, “will spend more than ever as they put on their favorite green outfits to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.” As the above-linked summary states, “spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, an all-time high in the survey’s 13-year history. The total is up dramatically […]

The Two Types of Credit Card Users: Churners and Chuggers

The Two Types of Credit Card Users: Churners and Chuggers

There are numerous pieces of philosophical shorthand floating around about there being “two types of people” in the world — those that like a certain type of entertainment or music, say, or those that don’t. Perhaps a kind of food, or a political philosophy. While this kind of binary redaction may not be the most […]

Beyond the Antivirus Software, Pt. II

Beyond the Antivirus Software, Pt. II

As we write this morning, the internet is recovering from a partial loss of “the cloud” as Amazon’s S3 server had gone out, resulting in the shuttering of numerous websites and services.  Since we posted last week, a massive potential breach to numerous websites has made headlines, as the Cloudflare security service used by many […]

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, […]

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 […]