Paul Maplesden is a freelance writer specializing in business, finance, and technology. He brings shrewd research skills to CardFellow, resulting in detailed, actionable information for business owners.Paul finds writing about money deeply interesting, and much of his work for CardFellow focuses on the intersection of payments and technology. Whether he's writing about the latest payment app or detailing the differences in popular ecommerce platforms, Paul's work helps businesses understand the myriad products and services available in the processing industry.Aside from writing, he loves Earl Grey tea, pivot tables, hats, and other fine geekery.

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Magento Review – Ecommerce Options for Your Business

In this review we’ll dig into Magento including its main features, benefits, customizations, integrations, and payment options. You’ll get a good overview of what Magento can offer you and the insight you need to choose the right eCommerce platform. Types of Ecommerce Platforms Magento Review: Pros Popular Ecommerce Platform Open Source Magento Review: Cons Customization…

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Magento is an eCommerce platform that lets you sell products via a website, as an ecommerce shop. It was acquired by Adobe in 2018.

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Credit Card Processing

Switch: Automatic Card Updating for Businesses

If consumers don’t update their details, it becomes very difficult for businesses to collect payment. This is especially true of online businesses and subscription services, where the card is not present. Without valid card details, requests for payment will be denied and chasing down consumers can be time-consuming and expensive. If you’ve already granted access…

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Every time a new card is issued, the information and security credentials change slightly. Whether it’s the card number, expiration date, or the card security code, these differences matter.

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Business, Credit Card Processing, ecommerce

What Changes Will the Internet of Things Make to Payments?

While they provide tremendous convenience, it’s also vital to properly secure IoT products, especially if they have access to our financial details. Let’s take a look at the IoT, explain what it is, how it’s integrating payments, and the impact that will have on consumers, manufacturers, and payment providers. What is the Internet of Things?…

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Imagine a world of 20 billion connected devices, all transmitting and receiving data. Now, imagine that a good portion of these devices can make payments and order products and services on your behalf. That’s not just in your head — that’s the Internet of Things (IoT), and as time goes on, these devices will be everywhere.

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Credit Card Processing

Visa and the Contactless Transit Payments Market

That’s why Visa’s new entry into the contactless transit payments marketplace is so exciting. We’ve all seen the queues at turnstiles and ticket windows. Systems like Oyster on the London Underground, Suica in Japan, and Calypso in Europe have revolutionized how people get around. These contactless micro payment cards simply debit a small amount from…

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When it comes to public transportation and commuting, passengers are looking for one thing above all else — speed. As city populations grow, public transit is coming under pressure to move as many people through the system as quickly as possible.

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Credit Card Processing, ecommerce

WordPress, Woocommerce, and Wix – What Should You Use?

There’s also an abundance of online website building services that provide eCommerce options. Services like SquareSpace, Weebly, and Wix provide sophisticated templates, an easy-to-use interface, and integrations that make setting up an online store quick and easy. Finally, you have the ubiquitous WordPress. As the most popular website publishing and content management platform in the…

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When it comes to selling products online, eCommerce entrepreneurs have never had more choices —  from specialized eCommerce services like Shopify or Volusion through to bespoke eCommerce websites, there are plenty of options for online retailers.

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Credit Card Processing, Security and PCI Compliance

Fighting Fraud with Machine Learning

There are several good techniques for fighting fraud, including biometrics and multi-factor authentication, but alone, they aren’t enough. Instead, payment providers and the card networks need to dig into the vast amount of payment information that’s produced every day to find patterns that indicate likely fraudulent activities. They can then use this data to find…

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Fraud remains a thorn in the side of businesses, credit card processors, and customers. In fact, credit card fraud created losses of nearly $22 billion in 2015 alone.

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Credit Card Processing, News

Should Your Business Go Cashless?

The use of cash as the de facto payment option is shrinking, and nearly 40% of Americans favor going completely cash-free. Then, in the summer of 2017, Visa stepped up a “war on cash” by offering businesses money to go cashless. If you run a business, it’s almost inevitable that much of your sales are…

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The way we pay for things is changing. The wide availability of credit cards, debit cards, contactless payments, and online shopping has transformed our payment options.

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Credit Card Processing, Security and PCI Compliance

Biometrics for Payment Security

In 2015, credit and debit card fraud caused losses of nearly $22 billion. Anything that can reduce the impact of fraud will significantly improve confidence throughout the payments marketplace and save businesses money. One potential way to fight fraud is through the use of biometrics — your uniquely identifying personal features like fingerprints, voice, face,…

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One of the main issues in the payments industry is how to combat fraud. Although fraud impacts less than 1% of all transactions by some estimates, it’s still a major concern for consumers, banks, card networks, and businesses.

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