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New security mandates could improve the e-commerce space

PCI Security Standards Council releases new security mandates that e-commerce enterprises must follow

E-commerce enterprises could be penalized if they do not abandon their outdated security protocols. The PCI Security Standards Council has released mandates that businesses must follow, requiring retailers to move away from Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and embrace Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. SSL is a standard security technology that establishes an encrypted connection between a server and those accessing it, but this technology is beginning to grow outdated, especially as cyber attacks become more sophisticated.

Digital attacks are becoming a major threat for the e-commerce world

The PCI Security Standards Council has introduced new security mandates as a response to recent, high-profile digital threats, such as Heartbleed and Shellshock. These threats have caused significant turmoil in the digital space, and e-commerce enterprises may be exposed to risks that have yet to be detected. The organization is now urging e-commerce companies to make changes to their web servers so that they are compatible with TLS protocols. These companies are also being tasked with abandoning SSL support.

Security standards may have an impact on the mobile commerce space as well

Security - e-commerce and mobile commerceThese new security mandates will also affect the mobile commerce space. The mobile space has become a valuable target for malicious groups that aim to exploit financial information. Commerce applications are still relatively new, and the companies responsible for these apps are not yet versed in the various risks that exist in the digital space. As such, many apps lack the security they need to find mainstream success and adoption. New security standards could help solve this problem, offering consumers peace of mind when they participate in mobile commerce.

Many companies are still not fully compliant with security standards from the PCI Security Standards Council

Notably, many companies still fail to comply with security mandates issued by the PCI Security Standards Council. According to a recent survey from Verizon, 28% of companies are not fully compliant with security standards nearly a year after they received validation for their security protocols. This could become problematic, as these companies may be unnecessarily exposing themselves to digital risks.

Softcard mobile payments service now available for Windows Phone

Windows Phone users will be able to make mobile transactions thanks to Softcard

People with Windows Phones will now be able to make mobile payments thanks to a new application from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. The new Softcard app was released for Windows Phone last week, giving the platform one of its first mobile wallets that is supported by a wide range of retail companies. Softcard, formerly known as ISIS, is a mobile payment company that has been growing in popularity for some time, offering consumers an effective mobile wallet with a wide range of features.

Softcard offers to store consumer information to make transactions more convenient

Using Softcard, a consumer can store their financial information on a mobile device. They can also use the Softcard application to store information from retailers regarding loyalty programs and special offers. The app also facilitates mobile payments, using NFC technology to accomplish this task. In order to make a payment, however, a merchant must also support NFC technology, as well as the mobile wallet itself.

200,000 retailers in the US support Softcard

Windows phone - mobile paymentsSome 200,000 retailers throughout the U.S. currently accept mobile transactions from Softcard and other NFC-based payment services. These retailers have adopted NFC-enabled point-of-sale systems that allow people to purchase products using their smartphones rather than credit and debit cards or physical currency. Softcard currently only works with a limited number of credit cards as well, supporting American Express, Wells Fargo, and Chase cards.

New mobile commerce services may be coming to the Windows Phone in the future

Windows Phone users have had very limited options in the mobile commerce space in the past. There are few applications currently available for the platform that are capable of facilitating mobile transactions, leaving Windows Phone users somewhat on the fringe of the mobile commerce space. Softcard is one of the first big name services that has come to the Windows Phone operating system, but it may not be the last. Windows Phone users may be in the minority when it comes to mobile consumers, but the demand for mobile commerce services among this demographic is quite high and growing quickly.