ICVERIFY Alternatives 2017

ic verify replacement alternativeICVerify Software is still in use in 2017, even though it was end of life back in 2015.  Alternatives are abundant, but none are comparable to CenPOS for meeting business to business (B2B) companies.

What does ICVERIFY Software end of life mean?

First Data sales, product development and support have ended. Continued use of the product will invalidate a merchants PCI Compliance.

What happens if my ICVERIFY Software stops working?

You will get zero support. If you cannot open due malfunction, you’ll have no access to records. If you’re acquirer shuts down your ability to send transaction data, and this is happening frequently because it’s not PCI Compliant, they will not turn it back on. If your acquirer finds out you’re using ICVerify in 2017, you will get shut down. It’s imperative to migrate to new solution as soon as possible.

What are alternative solutions to ICVERIFY?

A cloud payment gateway is required. There’s no software to install. You can use a payment gateway via integrated or non-integrated options, which include mobile app and virtual terminal via secure web site. ICVERIFY was a buy once and use forever product. Payment gateways have transaction fees. Many businesses make the mistake of using the one with the cheapest fee or the one that their developer or consultant is familiar with because they’ve used it for a decade or more. Are you using the same cell phone you did 10 years ago? The cheapest fee could result in the highest actual cost or inefficiency. For example, most gateways do nothing to help merchants reauthorize after an authorization expires. That matters because even though the issuer may approve the transaction, it won’t qualify for the best rate, which could be half the cost of the non-qualified rate.

What is best alternative payment gateway to ICVERIFY for a B2B company?

I’m not going to waste your time listing all the cloud payment gateways on the planet like First Data Payeezy, authorize.net, Payflow Pro, Paytrace, Cybersource, Orbital, 3Delta Systems, or 3DSI and their differences. Each has bits and pieces but none has the whole package of solutions B2B companies need. CenPOS is the only solution I know of today that will get merchants compliant with all these critical items:

  1. Comply with 2017 Visa stored credential framework and mandates. It’s complicated. CenPOS automates compliance with things like sending the merchant initiated or customer initiated use of stored credential flag.
  2. Eliminate paper credit card authorization forms with multiple digital ways to accept payments and store cards, including text and email. Sure, some gateways offer a hosted pay page, but can they generate a PCI Compliant authorization form automatically for those that still like paper?
  3. Automate authorization management, including requirement for preauthorization and settlement match and renew expired authorizations for card not present transactions.
  4. Automate compliance to qualify transactions properly for level 3 interchange rates for corporate, purchasing and business cards. Supporting level 3 is not enough, it’s complicated.
  5. Mitigate fraud risk with a layered approach, including supporting 3-D Secure, which shifts fraud liability to issuer.
  6. Encrypted Virtual Keypad (EVK) to reduce PCI Compliance scope and burden. (No card data touches your system for phone orders; avoid key logger dangers.)
  7. Audit trail as required for PCI. Every user, every touch. Available minimum 7 years.

What else makes CenPOS the best alternative payment gateway to ICVERIFY for a B2B company?

  • Graphically pleasing, easy to use. It’s like marrying the coolness of Apple design with an Amazon buying experience. People love it. Customers are happier (proven by our clients conducting their own studies).
  • Wire transaction support with electronic bill presentment and payment services. Stop the madness associated with matching deposits to invoices and getting paid the wrong amount.
  • Reports. Dynamic search and view online or download; robust custom reports, alerts and distribution. So much faster to research anything!
  • No capital investment. We make companies more profitable virtually overnight.
  • Deposits equal receivables, not net of fees. Other services are mixed. For example, authorize.net echeck service takes it’s fees out of your deposit so then you have to do some accounting magic to reconcile.

Will I be able to port over my existing data? Yes. Per PCI Compliance rules, merchants need to securely remove sensitive cardholder data from all systems. Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) companies are independent security organizations that have been qualified by the PCI Security Standards Council to validate an entity’s adherence to PCI DSS. You can find one here https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/assessors_and_solutions/qualified_security_assessors.

Ready to get started with CenPOS? Contact Christine Speedy right now at 954-942-0483.

Christine Speedy, CenPOS authorized reseller, 954-942-0483 is based out of South Florida and NY. CenPOS is a merchant-centric, end-to-end payments engine that drives enterprise-class solutions for businesses, saving them time and money, while improving their customer engagement. CenPOS secure, cloud-based solution optimizes acceptance for all payment types across multiple channels without disrupting the merchant’s banking relationships.

CenPOS’ Secure Payment Solution Receives HIPAA Compliance

CenPOS announces HIPAA attestation aimed to deliver a secure and robust payment architecture for healthcare.

October 11, 2017. CenPOS, a payment technology provider, recently announced that it has received a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) attestation from a third party external auditor across a broad range of payment solutions offered by the company. The company also announced that it had achieved its Qualified Integrated Resellers (QIR) certification from the PCI Data Security Council.

According to Healthcare Informatics, 34.5 percent of all security breaches are within the healthcare industry. This industry is also one of the ones hit the hardest by hacking, phishing, and skimming attacks. Over 1,000 data breaches occurred in the U.S. in 2016 and the number is expected to increase, as research from Identity Theft Resource Center reports.

CenPOS is a merchant-centric engine that delivers enterprise-class solutions across many industries to improve customer engagement and save time and money. The cloud-based solution increases the efficiency of collecting payment across many channels, all without disrupting the banking relationships of the merchant.

“We live in a world where data is a valuable and prime target for hackers. Anyone familiar with HIPAA knows that HIPAA compliance is very complex, it is our job at CenPOS to simplify this process and develop business solutions to address these risks and ensure that our clients’ data is secure at all times”, commented Jorge Fernandez CenPOS’ Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We provide a unique combination of solutions to the healthcare industry not found anywhere else under one roof with our validated Point-to-Point encryption, HIPAA attestation, and QIR. Risk comes in many forms today and the cost associated with risk mitigation tools and compliance is very expensive. Our all in one solution makes it very affordable for our clients to implement and maintain compliance”, added Mr. Fernandez.

With the healthcare industry being a constant target for hackers of all levels, it’s important for practitioners and facilities to focus on security solutions. CenPOS offers layered security solutions that deliver a secure and robust payment architecture. It enables those within the industry to focus on providing excellence to their patients. CenPOS will manage the day-to-day payment operations focus on security and compliance.

With the recent attestation from HIPAA, it gives healthcare professionals another reason to choose CenPOS. They can ensure that healthcare records are secure and less likely to be leaked, exposed, or otherwise hacked.

CenPOS is engineering the future of payments. Their comprehensive solutions are years ahead of the competition and continually eliminate fraud and human error. Exploring their solutions in-depth can be a significant benefit for those in the healthcare industry.

For more information, contact:
CenPOS
Telephone: 877.630.7960
sales@cenpos.com
https://www.cenpos.com/

About CenPOS
CenPOS is a merchant-centric, end-to-end payments engine that drives enterprise-class solutions for businesses, saving them time and money, while improving their customer engagement. CenPOS’ secure, cloud-based solution optimizes acceptance for all payment types across multiple channels without disrupting the merchant’s banking relationships. | CenPOS | @CenPOS

Contact Christine Speedy, CenPOS authorized reseller, 954-942-0483 for all your CenPOS HIPAA compliant payment processing sales and integration needs.

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B2B Steps to Visa Stored Credential Mandate Compliance

How can merchants get compliant with the Visa Stored Credential Transaction framework and mandates effective October 14, 2017?

Step by step getting started guide for B2B merchants:

Plan how you’ll comply with consent record requirements. See Improving Authorization Management for Transactions with Stored Credentials https://usa.visa.com/dam/VCOM/global/support-legal/documents/stored-credential-transaction-framework-vbs-10-may-17.pdf . Are you going to manage documenting everything or are you going to use technology to help you manage it? Ask your gateway if they’re going to provide a checkbox for consent and if you’ll be able to pull the opt-in records on demand. CenPOS, a merchant-centric, end-to-end payments engine that drives enterprise-class solutions for businesses, saving them time and money, while improving their customer engagement will provide an automated solution for clients.

Update workflow and documents. Ensure your sales order or associated credit documents include sale, refund and cancellation policies. Add a checkbox for customer opt-in to terms, including online payments. CenPOS has an opt-in box and you can customize the text.

Verify if you have a system to manage authorization validity. What the heck does that mean? Many B2B companies have complex needs including pre-authorizations, incremental authorizations, delayed shipping etc. While you may get issuer approvals, that doesn’t mean the authorization is valid. The two most common rules B2B businesses struggle with are Settlement within timeframe for card not present sales, and Authorization amount and settlement amount must be equal. Per Visa Core Rules October 2017, for typical distributor and manufacturer card not present transactions, the authorization must settle no later than 7 calendar days from the date of the initial Approval Response. CenPOS automates compliance. Other payment gateways are incapable or may leave it up to developers to create a solution. Are you compliant now? Look at your merchant statement ‘pending interchange fees. If you see  EIRF or STD, that’s a red flag there’s a problem.

Replace paper credit card authorization forms, and any digital form that you can decrypt and view sensitive card data. Offer your customers a way to self-manage their own wallet with either a hosted online pay page or Electronic Bill Presentment & Payment. CenPOS offers both options, including a lite ‘request a payment’ option, and lets your customers choose both text and email. For those not ready to give up paper, CenPOS creates a printable PCI Compliant credit card authorization form for every stored card.

New to online payments? See Visa best practices to prevent brute force attacks. https://usa.visa.com/support/merchant/library/visa-merchant-business-news-digest.html. CenPOS includes recaptcha and client managed velocity and other rules as part of a layered security approach.hosted online pay pageVerify your gateway is ready or will be ready to send correct transaction data for the initial transaction and subsequent transactions for both customer initiated and merchant initiated use of the stored credential.  You’ll want the payment gateway to perform a zero dollar authorization and authenticate the cardholder with 3-D Secure. Ask your gateway if it will automatically flag a transaction as customer initiated stored credential or merchant initiated stored credential, or if they’ll require you to have multiple gateway accounts, one for each type. CenPOS does all this for you now in a single account.

Get an ecommerce merchant account. This is needed for online payments. Don’t run mail order telephone order (MOTO) transactions on the ecommerce account unless you know your payment gateway can alter the flag sent with transaction to change the transaction type. Many cannot. CenPOS manages all compliance seamlessly in the background; whether you need multiple merchant accounts varies by acquirer/processor.

Register for 3-D Secure, including Verified by Visa, with your acquirer. Don’t do this until you know which payment gateway will be used and get their instructions if applicable.

Communicate with customers. Advise any upcoming changes will increase efficiency and security for everyone.

Why comply? With full compliance, merchants can expect better qualified interchange rates, increased approvals (avoid declines based on issuer risk averse algorithms), reduced PCI Compliance burden, and increased efficiency for both buyer and seller. The cost of non-compliance is hefty, including higher interchange rates, penalty fees, and risk of both issuer and cardholder chargebacks.  

interchange rate qualification

The same transaction can process at different rates as shown above, depending on which rules you follow. CenPOS Smart Rate Selector automates compliance to qualify transactions at the lowest rate possible. Which rates are on your merchant statement now?

Why should developers choose CenPOS for their integrated payment gateway? CenPOS has native modules for ERP, shopping cart, accounting and other software.

  • Increase profits faster
  • More efficient, quicker reconciliation
  • More secure- from Encrypted Virtual Keypad to elimination of credit card auth forms
  • More robust- Wire, ACH, check, Paypal, credit card and more; text and email payments supported. No 3rd party Electronic Invoice solution needed such as BillTrust; CenPOS invoice portal and automated collections included.

Where can I buy CenPOS or learn more? You’ve already found one of the top salespeople, Christine Speedy. All agreements are direct with CenPOS, no middle man.

Resources and documentation http://3dmerchant.com/blog/merchant-bulletins-downloads – bookmark it!.  Join Christine Speedy’s email list.

DISCLAIMER: condensed and incomplete information! Information may be quickly outdated.

With the fast pace of changing rules, companies need a technology partner to automate compliance. Did you know?

  • CenPOS has a suite of solutions for companies just like yours, solving common problems and increasing profits virtually overnight.
  • For those not ready to give up paper, CenPOS creates a printable PCI Compliant credit card authorization form for every stored card.
  • CenPOS has ERP, ecommerce shopping cart, accounting and other plug-in modules available for quick and easy implementation.
  • I’ve been selling for CenPOS since day 1. Though I have other payment gateways available in my arsenal, nothing else compares for meeting business to business needs.

Christine Speedy, CenPOS authorized reseller, 954-942-0483 is based out of South Florida and NY. CenPOS is a merchant-centric, end-to-end payments engine that drives enterprise-class solutions for businesses, saving them time and money, while improving their customer engagement. CenPOS secure, cloud-based solution optimizes acceptance for all payment types across multiple channels without disrupting the merchant’s banking relationships.

First Data level 3 processing solutions

Need a solution for level 3 processing with your First Data merchant account? A payment gateway that supports level 3 processing is required, but that’s not enough. Payment gateway selection and implementation impact whether a transaction actually qualifies for level 3 rates.

The main requirements to qualify for level III interchange rates are:

  1. Submit required extra order detail. This varies by card brand; for example Ship to/from ZIP code, Destination country code,VA/ tax amount, invoice number, order reference number, Discount amount, Freight/shipping amount, Duty amount, Order date, unit of measure and more.
  2. Valid authorization. For example, the authorization and settlement amount must be the same.
  3. Interchange Rate Special Requirements, which may vary by card, industry etc. For example, here are requirements to qualify for MasterCard Data Rate III
    1. U.S. Merchant
    2. Applicable Electronic Authorization Data must be included and match Settlement Data
    3. Valid Banknet Reference Number and Banknet Date in valid date format MMDD
    4. Settlement within 2 days of transaction
    5. Level II & Level III Corporate Card data (Level II Data includes the entry of customer code, card acceptor type, tax ID and sales tax. Level III Data includes Level II data, line item detail, item description, item quantity, item unit of measure, extended item amount, product code, and debit or credit indicator.)
    6. Non-T&E MCC
    7. Card Acceptor Type and Tax ID must be provided

Visa Stored Credential Framework Impacts Authorization Validity

For business, corporate and purchasing card transactions to qualify for Level 3 interchange rates, a valid authorization is required. New rules change requirements for card not present transactions using stored cards. US businesses must comply with Visa Stored Credential Transaction framework effective October 14, 2017. Without getting into too much detail, payment gateways must update to comply, and merchants will also need to make some changes going forward.

Merchant requirements include:

  • When capturing a stored credential for the first time, complete special requirements, including cardholder authentication as applicable (Managed by payment gateway or integrated solution.)
  • Send correct transaction type on subsequent transactions: Installment Payments, Recurring Payments, or Unscheduled Credential On File. (Managed by payment gateway or integrated solution.)
  • Authorization and settlement amount must match. (Managed by payment gateway or integrated solution.)
  • Obtain cardholder consent and disclosure agreement. (Most likely managed by payment gateway or merchant.)

For years, authorization and settlement amount mismatch has been a common problem for merchants to qualify for level III rates. Even if a gateway solves this problem, an integration may limit the capability. This is easily identified by EIRF, STD/ standard, level I and level II rates present in the “pending interchange” section on merchant statements.

To solve all of the above problems, merchants can use a third party payment gateway with their merchant account, that manages authorization validity and continual changes within the gateway, including integrated solutions. Below image shows before and after interchange rates from actual merchant statements; same merchant account, just changed the payment gateway.level 3 gatewayContact Christine for a level 3 payment gateway that works with your First Data Merchant Account, as well as other acquirers.

Christine Speedy, CenPOS authorized reseller, 954-942-0483 is based out of South Florida and NY. CenPOS is a merchant-centric, end-to-end payments engine that drives enterprise-class solutions for businesses, saving them time and money, while improving their customer engagement. CenPOS secure, cloud-based solution optimizes acceptance for all payment types across multiple channels without disrupting the merchant’s banking relationships.

Disaster planning: credit card processing, cash flow and accepting payments

Mobile credit card processing and online payments of all types can ensure business cash flow during and after a disaster. When the storm is over and people emerge to shop again, how will businesses manage accepting credit cards? Or get paid by check if mail is undeliverable? Critical issues include power, telephone and internet access, as well as human capital when employees scatter to many different places.

How can we help your business when a USA storm is imminent?

  1. Online pay page– hosted pay page supporting ACH/echeck with or without guarantee, credit card, wire and Paypal. No web developer is needed for this fast solution; just send our custom link to your customers.
  2. Electronic Bill Presentment & Payment- Login to a portal and Text or email your customers a pre-filled payment object with link to pay a specific invoice; optionally create detailed invoices on the fly if your accounting system is not available.
  3. Virtual terminal – your employees key enter the payment information via virtual terminal on a secure hosted web page or using the mobile app (free).

All solutions above are quick and easy to adopt and they work with your existing financial partners such as merchant services or check processor. Remote training videos can help users get up and running the same day as the account is activated from wherever they are. For the two self-pay options above, when using 3-D Secure cardholder authentication, liability for fraud shifts to the issuer, much like EMV does for retail. Additionally, the qualified rated for credit card acceptance in many cases is the same as retail.

It’s probably not realistic to get a credit card swiper on short notice because in the current retail world, EMV chip card and point to point encryption are critical to protect against fraud and data breaches. Use a store bought mag card reader at your own risk.

 

Good to know:

  • Works with all or most processors- bring a merchant statement, online login, or contact information with you when evacuating so we can connect to it.
  • No long term agreement- month to month
  • Plugins available for many software solutions
  • Encrypted virtual keypad protects cardholder data from key logger software (important when employees may be using their own PC’s)
  • PCI Compliant
  • Each user has unique login for compliance and tracking; same permission based login across all solutions.
  • Standardization across all locales for complete transparency, and compliance.
  • With simple cashiering you can even manage and track cash transactions.

Contact Christine Speedy 954-815-6040 or cspeedy At cenposreseller.com