New credit card payment standard coming to town – EMV

There’s a new credit card payment standard – EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) specifications will change the way all businesses get paid and how credit card fraud is handled.  In the name of improved security, credit cards with magnetic strips are being phased out and replaced with cards containing an embedded microchip.

A two-step checkout process requires the new cards to be ‘dipped’ (not swiped) into a special reader, along with entry of a passcode. (There is also a contactless version where consumers simply wave the card in front of a reader.) While improving technology to combat fraud is welcomed, the final phases of this transition could cause some headaches.  Mark October 1, 2015 on your calendar. If not in compliance after this date, you could be held liable for fraudulent transactions.

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