Everyone who has any contact with credit card information, including websites which automatically transmit credit card data to an authorized gateway must be audited on a yearly basis and must submit PCI compliant quarterly reports.
What is PCI compliance?
It the adherence to the set of rules set forth by Visa, Master Card, American Express and others in the credit card industry.
Their basic goal is for everyone who is accepting credit cards to follow the same set of standards to be sure that credit card information submitted by your client cannot get compromised in the process of handling their transaction with you.
When do I need to be PCI Compliant?
Different merchant providers are implementing PCI Compliance at different times. However, there is no better time to achieve this status, for your OWN Protection. Stolen credit card data can result in the lose of your merchant services, as well as impact your ability to apply for merchant services in the future.
Where can I find a PCI Compliant web host?
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If you have a poor password your website is at risk! Spammers and Phishers constantly try to break into websites that have poor passwords, once in they use your website to host fake websites intended to deceive people into proving private information, or they use your website’s sendmail service to send spam from YOUR email address. The #1 way to protect yourself is YOUR PASSWORD. We encourage all users to choose a difficult password using the following tips listed below.
Passwords aren’t suppose to be easy, they are intended to protect you, so don’t make it easy!
Login NOW and change your password to something hard!
Some PASSWORD DO’S AND DON’TS Examples:
Bad Password: charlie
Better Password: charl!e
Bad Password: password
Better Password: PaSsW0Rd!2
At least eight characters long – 16432794
A combination of upper and lower case letters- IE: PaSwoRDexAmPLE
Use interspersed numbers – IE: use 0 instead of o (zero instead of the letter o)
Use characters such as !@#$%& – IE: use ! instead of i etc…
Passwords aren’t suppose to be easy, they are intended to protect you, so don’t make it easy.
Your first name, last name, or login name, in any form
Consecutive or repetitive numbers or letters
Adjacent keyboard letters such as qwerty or asdfghjk
Common and obvious letter-number replacements (e.g. replace the letter O with number 0)
Easily guessed personal information such as names and dates of yourself, family members, pets and close acquaintances
Easily obtained information, such as:
license plate numbers
credit card or ATM numbers
Social Security or Social Insurance numbers
Dictionary words, in any language, forward and backward
Popular book titles, movie titles, or phrases
Never share your password with anyone. Protect all passwords as you would protect your bank PIN.
Never store passwords unencrypted on your computer. Password management software is great for managing many passwords, but take great care to protect access to your password database with a strong password, access card or USB key! (Or better, a combination of these).
Never type your password when anyone is standing nearby.