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What is PCI Compliance?
PCI Compliance
Major credit card issuers created PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance standards to protect personal information and ensure security when companies process, store, or transmit credit card information, whether it be a brick and mortar or an online business. All members of the payment card industry must comply with these standards if they want to accept credit cards. Failure to meet compliance standards can result in fines from credit card companies and banks and even the loss of the ability to process credit cards.

PCI Compliance applies to all businesses or merchants, regardless of size, who acquire banks, are independent sales organizations, processors, hosts, shopping carts, e-commerce and retail merchants. All merchants who store, process or transmit card holder data must now be compliant. You may refer to your merchant bank for specific validation requirements.

A SSL (Secure Certificate) is not a valid PCI compliance requirement. Its purpose is to secure connection between customer's browser and web server, as well as, validation of a Website organization. To be PCI compliant you must protect credit card information.

To satisfy the requirements of PCI compliance Alternate Image has a registered account with
TrustKeeper, a certified PCI compliance provider for all credit card companies. TrustKeeper has validated the compliance of the majority of service providers listed on the Visa and Mastercard websites.

We have also passed compliance with Security Metrics, but work exclusively with TrustKeeper.

Alternate Image stays up to date on all PCI compliance regulation changes. If you receive a notification of non-compliance, this does not mean your website is insecure. Please notify us immediately and we will work towards resolving any data security vulnerabilities.

If you have any other questions regarding PCI Compliance please feel free to contact us anytime.

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