There's been a recent demand from the regulatory agencies for credit card companies (and companies processing credit cards) to increase their security, in order to protect their customers. ProPay, a credit card company used by hundreds of thousands of Mary Kay consultants, is the leader in online processing.
During development of UnitWise, we contacted ProPay, knowing that many of our customers would be using their system. We showed them our security protocols and they liked what we were doing, so they worked with us to integrate their new ProtectPay system. They told us that ProtectPay was the latest and greatest security measure for the company, and that we would be the first to integrate it. On top of that, they told us that if other companies didn't increase their security standards to match the ones we were employing, they would stop supporting them.
Earlier this week we got an email from one of the MK Directors using UnitWise, with this link to a Blvd blog post. Here is a screen shot of that blog post. (From the post below: Therefore, comeJuly 1, 2010, no matter what version of Boulevard software you are using, you will no longer be able to submit credit card transactions directly to ProPay.)
See, older programs like BLVD store customer credit card information on your computer in an unencrypted text format. The problem with that is it leaves your customers at risk. What if someone got on to that computer or if it got stolen? They could pull the credit card information off easily, no hacking required. Then you would be held responsible.
Since UnitWise uses ProPay's ProtectPay system, the credit card information is stored with them, not you. When you enter in a customer's credit card information, it goes to ProPay--all you see are the last four digits. That way, even if someone were to get into your UnitWise account, they couldn't take any of your customer financial information.
We just thought we'd send out a reminder that UnitWise is the safest, and most comprehensive program available
See, that's much safer and simpler!
*Blvd is a product of Main Street Software and is not affiliated with UnitWise