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How to Reduce the Risk of Fraud with Your IVR

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“You are what you are and you ain’t what you ain’t” – Dear Abby, John Prine “Basic” Security Isn’t Enough When it comes to fraud prevention, this line from a John Prine song pretty much explains what it is fraud prevention technology tries to figure out. Preventing fraud over voice communications channels has its own challenges. Most companies have security… Read More

Case Study: Payments Company Lands Major Client with Help of Plum

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One of Plum’s clients is a major payment aggregation (MPA) company based in Seattle, Washington. The company offers customers a platform to pay bills and manage important documents, securely, in one place. The problem that led MPA to Plum began with a client request. One of the company’s major clients offered the company exclusive handling of all their accounts–which would… Read More

Reload: An Easier Approach to Prepaid Cards

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It’s a common refrain uttered repeatedly about sports teams that experience continued success: they don’t rebuild, they reload. Teams like the New England Patriots, the New York Yankees, Syracuse University’s men’s lacrosse (and the Maryland women), and, until this past season, the Detroit Red Wings have all fit this bill. In the world of prepaid cards, companies need to decide… Read More

Change Your Healthcare Billing for the Better with IVR

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The World of Healthcare Billing A recent article from Advance Healthcare Network highlighted some of the issues that exist in the world of healthcare billing and offered a number of specific areas where healthcare companies can focus their energy to create a better experience for patients. This article demonstrates how no solution exists in a vacuum. But that just means… Read More

IVR – The Strong, Silent Partner In Mobile Banking

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From Here to There and Everywhere Are we seeing the swan song of brick-and-mortar store fronts for banks? It’s no secret that mobile banking has taken off in recent years. People are more likely to stand outside their bank and complete a transaction on their phone than to actually go inside. Scaling back the number of brick-and-mortar locations eliminates a… Read More

Case Study: Use Voice Tech to Provide More, Better Payment Options

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Merchant services companies have lot of different payment channels to offer their customers these days. These are the companies that provide customers with the infrastructure to accept and complete payments. Needless to say, with the right merchant services company, a business can cater to the needs of their customers no matter how diverse those may be. One of Plum’s clients,… Read More

How Credit Card Transactions Work: A Tutorial

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One of many famous scenes in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap occurs when the band is trying to get from their dressing room to the stage and they end up getting lost in the hallways and corridors of the venue. If you’ve ever wondered what happens after someone swipes a credit card—how, exactly, does the payments process work?—then chances are you’d… Read More

Experts Reveal How to Get Healthy, HIPAA-Compliant IT

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Personal medical information may be the only type of data that is more valuable to internet ne’er-do-wells than credit card information. Health care data breaches are serious business so having security measures in place to protect patient information is critical. The federal government passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to help address this situation. Companies… Read More

Expert Advice on Getting Your Tech PCI Compliant

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If your company does or is thinking about processing credit card payments, whether it’s a single transaction or millions, it’s wise to ensure that those payments go through a PCI-DSS compliant environment. PCI-DSS is a set of security standards established by the leading credit card companies, e.g. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. To be clear, there are a number of… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to HIPAA and PCI-DSS Compliance

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We spend a lot of time talking about security these days. And right so. Data breaches can be costly for everyone involved. We’re not just talking financial costs either, although those can mount quickly. Industries that deal with sensitive customer data on a daily basis need to ensure that the people and companies creating and using that data do so… Read More