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Posted: Feb 19, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

10 Steps Credit Unions Should Take To Keep Member Data Safe

Taken at face value, mobile payments are considered more secure than credit cards, even more secure than EMV chip cards. Unlike chip cards, the payment credentials stored on the phone or watch are tokenized, whereas the chip card has the actual card number on the chip. Also, the phone requires an additional authentication (a fingerprint or a passcode) which the card does not require. This is the current case with Apple/Samsung/Android Pay. But there are other forms of payments both in the market and in start-ups whose focus is not on security. These start-ups are working on merchant-specific payment and loyalty apps, on-demand service apps, pay-at-the-table apps, and the vulnerability of these new forms of payments are driving increased security concerns.

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Posted: Feb 18, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Part 3 of a 3-Part Series

More on Tokenization

This is Part 3 of the 3-Part series “Tokenization, Encryption, EMV, and Biometrics: The New Superheroes of Payments Fraud.”  In Part 1, we reviewed tokenization, its background, and how it is now being used in mobile wallets.  In Part 2, we provided a deeper understanding of EMV and its use of encryption to protect payment credentials and we covered how NFC technology fits into the payments picture. In Part 3, the final installment of the series, we will look more closely at tokenization, the protection of payment credentials and some of the potential problems it will present the merchants.

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Part 2 of a 3-Part Series

This is article 2 of 3 in the series “Tokenization, Encryption, EMV, and Biometrics: The New Superheroes of Payment Fraud.” In Part 1, we reviewed tokenization, its background, and how it is now being used in mobile wallets. It is also good to gain a deeper understanding of EMV and its use of encryption to protect payment credentials. EMV is a technology and a solution designed to prevent card counterfeit fraud.

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Posted: Feb 1, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Part 1 of a 3-Part Series

Introduction

Many credit unions have asked us which is better, tokenization or encryption; or which is more secure EMV or NFC?  Focusing on these questions might not be the best approach. All of these technologies are different pieces of the puzzle intended to help fight fraud. Chip cards, tokenized mobile payments and fingerprint scans all play important roles in making data breaches less valuable to fraudsters, thereby reducing issuers’ costs when breaches occur. Since there is much ground to cover on this topic, we decided to divide the content into three parts.  First up, Tokenization.

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Posted: Jan 26, 2016
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Author: Tom Davis

What should credit unions be on the lookout for in 2016 regarding payments?  Driving member card loyalty might be the biggest challenge your credit union will face.  The competitive set is rapidly growing and evolving for member credit and debit card loyalty especially with new payment offerings from merchants. As consumer demand continues to accelerate you will need to evaluate your credit union’s loyalty programs to ensure they are satisfying your members’ needs and your credit union’s bottom line.

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