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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Breaches Predicted; Help is Coming

Breaches Predicted; Help is Coming

The CIO website is rife with predictions on coming cyber threats and data breaches for the coming year, laid out across several different articles.  In one on Five Data Breach Predictions for 2017, they list, among the quintet of threats, a “focus on payment-based attacks despite the EMV shift taking place over a year ago.” […]