Shift4’s P2PE Solution Will Soon Be PCI Validated

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Our True P2PE is already faster, more secure, and more reliable than any other point-to-point encryption solution in the industry. And, it will soon be one more thing: PCI validated!

It’s Time to Start Layering Your Payment Security Solutions

image With the holiday shopping season in full swing, millions of businesses will see a spike in payment activity. And unfortunately, many of them will see a spike in data theft, too. This is a vital time of year for merchants to take a look at their payment security strategy and ask themselves if they are truly doing everything they can to protect their customers’ payment
data – and their brand – from the devastating effects of a data breach.

4 Reasons to Visit Shift4 at Retail’s BIG Show in NYC

image Shift4 is headed to the Big Apple for Retail’s BIG Show, January 15-17. The National Retail Federation’s annual expo is always a great forum to discuss all things retail, and we’ll be there to demonstrate how our DOLLARS ON THE NET payment gateway delivers secure, reliable, and proven payment processing to omnicommerce retailers.

EMV Is a Journey, Not a Destination

thumb The transition to EMV is a journey – and thanks to our vast experience, we’re reducing the number of bumps you may experience along the road. (After all, we want it to be a journey you’re glad you took.)

Shift4 Supports Ingenico’s New Mobile Terminal

thumb Add new revenue centers and make paying for goods or services more convenient for your customers with Ingenico’s sleek and secure new iSMP4 Companion, which (pardon the pun) happens to be a great companion to Shift4’s VT4 mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) solution. (Bonus: our Universal Transaction Gateway already supports it.) This smart mobile point-of-sale device is out now and Ingenico is currently seeking pilot opportunities.

Our Award-Winning VT4 Mobile POS Just Got Better

thumb VT4 is the most versatile mobile point-of-sale solution available. It works on any smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a variety of accessory packages, including the new iSMP4 Companion. One of the biggest draws to VT4 has been the ability for administrators to control VT4 settings in real time via the backend application, 4tress. (Think of it as VT4’s mission control center.) Now, 4tress has a polished new look and feel, so it’s even easier to navigate when you’re updating user permissions, adding or updating shelf items, pulling sales reports, and more.

Ready for Faster EMV Transactions?

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Last year, we put out an article explaining how the arrival of EMV essentially killed the concept of swipe ahead. With EMV, customers have to wait until all items are rung up and a total is calculated before inserting their cards – and then wait 15-20 agonizing seconds for processing before they can remove their card. Good news! This no longer has to be the case.

Payment Security Tips From PCI

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Shift4 was honored by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) last month for supporting the Council since the very beginning, 10 years ago.

UTG Update Supports New EMV Device and More

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As a leader in the payments space and a dedicated merchant advocate, Shift4 routinely updates our Universal Transaction Gateway (UTG) in response to industry trends and merchant feedback. While some of these changes are minor tweaks and behind-the-scenes improvements, others may have a larger impact on your business.

EMV … Ugh | What Merchants Need to Know

image While it does serve a very specific purpose, EMV was oversold as the payment security cure-all to stop the seemingly endless string of data breaches that have made headlines in recent years. The fact remains that EMV does nothing to actually stop breaches.

Shift4 Speeds Up EMV With Quick Chip

Are you tired of EMV transactions taking so long? Shift4 now fully supports EMV quick chip with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

Increase Account Security With veri4

Introducing the newest member of the Shift4 product family: veri4.

UTG Update Brings New EMV Options and More

As a leader in the payments space and a dedicated merchant advocate, Shift4 routinely updates our Universal Transaction Gateway (UTG) in response to industry trends and merchant feedback. While some of these changes are minor tweaks and behind-the-scenes improvements, others may have a larger impact on your business.

Don’t Miss Out On Our Extensive Software Updates

thumb As dedicated merchant advocates, we listen to your feedback and regularly update our payment solutions to optimize your payment processing efficiency and security. In the last month, we’ve released software updates for our Universal Transaction Gateway® (UTG®), DOLLARS ON THE NET® payment gateway, and VT4® mobile point-of-sale solution.

Ready for Card Numbers Starting With 2?

Starting next year, Mastercard will be rolling out new payment cards that begin with the number “2” (typically, they start with “5”).

You May Need to Replace Your Payment Devices

thumb As you already know, Shift4 is committed to securing your business, your brand, and your customers’ card data. As part of our mission to help you stay secure and PCI complaint, we’ll be sunsetting support for six payment devices effective January, 1, 2017

EMV Devices: Which Ones Shift4 Supports and How to Get Them

thumb Many of you have been looking into purchasing new payment devices to accept EMV chip cards. Shift4 has carefully selected a variety of secure EMV devices. And, with nearly a dozen different device options currently offered, you can customize your EMV setup to fit your specific business.

Executive Insight: Warning for SSLv3 and Some TLS Users

thumb By Stephen Ames, CISA, CISSP – Senior Director, Security Compliance, Shift4 Corporation

As you already know, we at Shift4 are fanatics about having the strongest security possible which is why we build security into everything we do from the ground up.

Making Sense of Mobile Payments

thumb You probably take your smartphone with you wherever you go, so it should come as no surprise that mobile payments usage has been steadily increasing. But, with all of the different mobile technologies out there, we know that it can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming.

HITEC HI-Lights

thumb Every summer, thousands of the hospitality industry’s brightest and most influential players flock to HITEC, the world’s largest hospitality technology show. This year, we sent a dozen of our payments experts down to New Orleans to visit with our partners and provide payments advice and support to the thousands of hoteliers in attendance.

Shift4 Offers Fast-Track to EMV Acceptance

thumb Shift4 is proud to offer EMV with more device and processor combinations than any other gateway provider. More than 70 of our valued point-of-sale and property management system partners who have integrated their systems with our DOLLARS ON THE NET® payment gateway have now made the tweaks necessary to certify those solutions for EMV.

We Made Some Major Additions to VT4 mPOS

Shift4’s mobile point-of-sale solution, VT4®, is already one of the most secure, flexible, and scalable options for merchants in any industry. VT4 opens up revenue streams that didn’t exist before, such as kiosks and food stands at events or mobile checkout in your store.

Partial Authorizations Explained


Most merchants are familiar with partial authorizations on gift card transactions. A customer eats dinner at your restaurant, pays their bill with a gift card, and then $25 is taken off their bill and your point of sale (POS) asks for another form of payment to take care of the remaining balance.

Recent UTG Updates

Shift4 supports the latest and greatest payments technologies to optimize your payment processing efficiency and security. As such, we listen to your feedback and update our Universal Transaction Gateway® (UTG®) on a regular basis.

Don’t Waste Money on a Stand-Alone Solution for EMV

thumb We knew that many of you would be eager to add EMV, so Shift4 got into certification early and are currently processing EMV in the U.S. and Canada with several processors. However, if you’ve read our executive insight blogs recently, you’ll know that the delay for EMV adoption is out of our hands.

What's New With the UTG®?

thumb Shift4 provides the latest and greatest payments technologies to keep your business thriving and your customers happy. We listen to your feedback and regularly update our Universal Transaction Gateway® (UTG®), keeping your payment security, efficiency, and business operations in mind with each new UTG build.

4 Ways EMV Ruins the Point-of-Purchase Experience

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If EMV were a kid on a playground, we’d say it doesn’t play well with others.

Whether as a consumer or a merchant, you’ve probably noticed that EMV transactions take a long time – sometimes, a really long time – to process. In fact, most EMV chip transactions take up to 20 seconds simply to get a bank authorization.

Shift4’s Certify Test Environment Is Moving

If you use Shift4's test environment, Certify, then you should read this important message, as it contains important information that may impact your ability to run tests with Shift4. Certify is most often used by independent software vendors that supply point-of-sale and property management systems, as well as those merchants that own and operate their own systems.

Executive Insight: EMV – 6 Months Later

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EMV.

If you are in the payments industry, you probably cannot remember the last time you went a full day without hearing this word. I certainly can't.

Chargebacks: Fraud or Fiction?

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Merchants these days are shouldering more responsibility for fraudulent transactions, thanks to the EMV liability shift.

5 Musts for DOLLARS ON THE NET® Admin Users

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If you sign in to your DOLLARS ON THE NET® account using the word “Admin” or “Administrator,” then you’re the king of the mountain, queen of the castle, ruler of the roost – or at the very least, a financially responsible individual at your business.

ALERT: Use Layered Security Tools and Secure Practices to Minimize Risk

thumb There is no silver bullet when it comes to payment data security, which is why Shift4 layers numerous security tools to protect our merchant customers in both card-present and card-not-present scenarios, as well as call centers and other specialized environments.

Executive Insight: Setting the Record Straight on Tokenization

thumb I watched an interesting and entertaining Twitter dialogue unfold late last month between two payments industry experts. Ian Kar, who covers the payments industry for online news publication Quartz, was covering PayPal’s earnings call when he heard PayPal CEO Dan Schulman make a pretty bold claim:

Making Heads or Tails of Your PCI Compliance Forms

thumb We've seen a pattern of confusion from merchants who are attempting to complete their PCI compliance forms. Shift4 has provided some frequently asked questions (along with our answers) to help clear things up.

5 Reasons VT4 Is a Perfect Choice For Your Business

thumb VT4®, Shift4's mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) solution, was released to the general public in late 2015, and it is already making its mark on the payments industry.

The Most Feature-Rich Payment Gateway for Just Pennies Per Transaction!

image Talk about value! Did you know DOLLARS ON THE NET® gives you the most feature-rich payment gateway for just Pennies Per Transaction?

Shift4’s VT4® Named Best M-POS Solution in 2016 Pay Awards!

thumb Well, we can’t say that we’re surprised – but, we are thrilled! VT4®, our ingenious mobile point of sale (mPOS) solution, recently won the Best M-POS Solution award in the 2016 Pay Awards!

4 Ways to Avoid Suspended Batches

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February Release – Shift4's UTG® Update

thumb Shift4 provides the latest and greatest payment technologies to keep your business running smoothly. We listen to your feedback and update our Universal Transaction Gateway® (UTG®) nearly every month, keeping your payment security, efficiency, and business operations in mind with each new UTG build.

Shift4 Sponsors Centennial High School’s Science Olympiad Program

thumb Shift4 is proud to sponsor the Science Olympiad program at Centennial High School in Las Vegas, NV, for another year. This program serves as a valuable resource for tech-savvy high school students who want to pursue careers in science and technology fields.

URGENT: Internet Explorer 10 Users Must Upgrade ASAP

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Executive Insight: 3 Ways Merchants Can Ensure a More Secure 2016

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By J.D. Oder II, CTO and SVP of Research and Development, Shift4 Corporation

For merchants, there is an all too common tendency to "fire and forget" when using security tools. You might have just completed your most recent PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) assessment, installed new antivirus software, or added EMV.

AMEX Has Replaced OnePoint With OptBlue

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For years, Shift4 has provided small merchants with direct payment processing to American Express (AMEX) along with support for the AMEX OnePoint program. OnePoint catered to merchants that processed less than $500,000 (under a single tax ID) in AMEX charges each year.

Microsoft to End Support for Older Versions of Internet Explorer

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Microsoft announced that they’ll be ending support for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer that is currently offered for a desktop or server operating system as of January 12, 2016.

Shift4 Sponsors Faith Lutheran High School's VEX Robotics Program

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Shift4 is proud to sponsor Faith Lutheran High School’s VEX Robotics program. This program serves as a pathway for students to learn valuable technical skills that can prepare them for a career in engineering.

Happy New Year!

Making Your Payments Fast, Reliable, and Secure – Year After Year