Learn if your business needs to comply and how EmailMeForm can help
Together with the rise of online marketplace and e-commerce, arose the need for standardized protection of customers’ personal information that circulated between Internet merchants, customers, and payment systems. In the beginning, this was still much in the grey area and it provided a perfect setting for the hackers to explore and exploit.
To stand in the way of the growing problem of identity thefts and cardholder impersonations, five major credit card brands — Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and JCB — united to create standardized regulations for online sellers to adhere to.
What exactly is the PCI Compliance?
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of rules and requirements prescribed for those that collect sensitive customer data and process payments online. These rules dictate how sensitive customer data gets collected, stored, and transmitted on the Internet and are a sole responsibility of sellers and businesses that engage in these transactions to make sure they can follow.
Does my company need PCI compliance?
Ensuring maximum level of protection throughout the information processing life cycle should be your top priority if you’re collecting sensitive customer information like names, dates of birth, social security numbers, email addresses, employment information, income and credit card data. Data breaches and internet frauds are the worst thing that can happen to your business and your brand image ever. The consequence and cost of such a thing happening to your business is not “just” a bankruptcy but also lawsuits and debts that entail.
No one is immune, that’s why it’s so important that you get this right. Even some of the greatest companies in US have suffered from data thefts, having hackers break into their systems stealing their customers’ personal information and incurring millions of dollars of costs and an irreparable damage to their brand name.
In short, the data that travels from one place to another (from your form to our secure servers) must be encrypted and encoded in a prescribed way. If you wish to assess if your Credit Card Authorization form or any other similar form meets these global standards, you can take this PCI self-assessment questionnaire.
No matter how big or small a player you are, if you’re collecting personal and credit card information through your online forms and store the data in your EmailMeForm account then we highly suggest that you outsource the worry about security to us.
How can EmailMeForm help protect my business with PCI security standards?
From travel agents to educational and sports institutions, banks, hospitals and medical centers, sellers of all sizes, service providers, and various organizations — customer data collection is a widely accepted way of doing business online. There are various solutions out there that offer out-of-the-box compliance security standards. Depending on the size of your business and the value of transactions you’re processing, their annual price can range from $1,000 to over $50,000.
EmailMeForm is now implementing highly secure technologies to protect your customers’ sensitive information and cardholder data that you collect through your forms*. We are offering this feature for a fraction of price to our beta users. As we are now in the Beta phase of implementation, we’re inviting you to apply for our Secure Form Vault program, that comes with many benefits for first adopters.
Watch this video to learn about our high level security form vault:
Secure your place and protect your customers and business with PCI security standards
by subscribing to our Secure Form Vault Program
If you need more information about the program, feel free to reach out.
* Users that have our payment integration with PayPal, Stripe, Braintree or Authorize.net enabled on their forms need not worry about PCI compliance as it is guaranteed by the payment service providers. EmailMeForm is your platform for form creation and payment integration, the compliance with global security standards is outsourced to these third party services which guarantee the safety and data protection by their certifications and routine security audits.