ChipCards and CyberSecurity Issues

The ins and outs of eCommerce and the latest changes in how eCommerce is conducted is something that confuses many people.  This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with reputable resources in America are teaming up to educate entrepreneurs and small business owners on these changes.  Rather than discuss these changes at length in this blog article, I’m sharing two events I’m aware of that may be of interest to readers and visitors to this blog.

Twitter Chat | Small Biz Chip Card/EMV Questions | #ChipCardChat

Please join the US Small Business Administration (@SBAgov), SCORE Mentors (@SCOREMentors), AT&T Small Business (@ATTsmallbiz), Mastercard (@MasterCardNews), First Data (@FirstData), and Square (@Square) for a Twitter chat on the payment card transition to the embedded chip (also known as EMV). We’ll be discussing common questions about what the shift means for small businesses. Follow along with the hashtag #ChipCardChat.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

Twitter Chat
EMV 101: What Small Businesses Need to Know About The Switch to Chip Card Technology
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Square for a free webinar presentation: “EMV 101: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Switch to Chip Card Technology”.

Participants will learn:

  • What the transition to EMV chip card technology means for small businesses
  • What EMV chip card technology is and why it’s more secure
  • What the new fraud liability rules that take effect October 1st mean for merchants

Cosponsorship Authorization # 15-2050-102.  SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs and services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

To register for this webinar, click HERE.

A fantastic infographic has been created by and is downloadable as a pdf file.  Visuals are a great way to remember key points on important matters, especially when there’s so much important information to remember!

Click HERE to download this infographic directly from the website.

NOTE FROM ELYSE BRUCE:  October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with four components to this year’s awareness campaign.  This week is “Staying Protected While Always Connected.”

Please remember that year-round cybersecurity practices are important for helping to keep your personal information, assets, and third-party information safer when you’re aware of the dangers.

  •  Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone, no matter how trustworthy they are.
  •  Keep your operating system, browsers, and other critical software optimized by installing updates on a regular basis.
  • Talk about Internet safety and best practices with family, friends, colleagues, and your circle of influence.
  •  Limit the amount of personal information you post online.
  • Use privacy settings to avoid unintentionally sharing information on the Internet with third-parties.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online.   If it sounds too good to be true, most likely it’s not true.

Commit to making your digital world safe just as you commit to making your real world safe.  Don’t be a victim.

Elyse Bruce


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