11th November 2009
How Dependable is a Wireless Credit Card Machine?
There are many instances where you might need to depend on a wireless credit card machine.
There are many instances where you might need to depend on a
wireless credit card machine. These devices are becoming more popular
by the minute, and they are used for businesses that deliver products
and services to homes, for in home demonstrations, at outdoor events,
seminars, trade shows, fairs and flea markets, and even by taxi
services. The venues where the ability to accept payment cards requires
the use of a wireless device are unlimited.
Can you depend on
these devices? When you think of a wireless device, you probably think
of devices such as your cell phone or laptop computer. This is pretty
much the same thing. Just as you can instantly send a text message from
your telephone, credit card transactions made with these devices are
equally fast. As for how dependable they are, the equipment itself is
usually quite sturdy, despite being very small, and you can get service
for real time transactions pretty much anywhere that you can get
service with your cell phone.
For those instances where service
is not available for your wireless credit card machine to make the
necessary connection for real time processing, most devices have a
store and forward feature, which is essentially software that is
installed on the system, allowing you to accept credit cards regardless
of whether the data can be immediately sent to the processing companies
system. In this instance, you run the credit card just as you normally
would and print out a receipt for the customer. The system
automatically stores the information, and when a signal is obtained
again, it sends the information for processing.
been warned to never give out sensitive information over your cell
phone - either with a voice call or a text message - because that
information could be intercepted. With cell phones, this is absolutely
true. However, when it comes to a credit card device, this isn't the
case at all.
Naturally, because of the sensitivity of your
customers financial data, the Wireless Credit Card Machine has software
installed that encrypts that data, using the most secure encryption
processes possible, before sending the data over airwaves. Therefore,
your customer's information is completely safe - even though
transmitting the same information over a cell phone that doesn't have
the right software is not.
However, if you will be using your
cell phone or PDA to accept and process payment card payments, note
that it is vital that you make sure that you always have the latest
version of the software that is required for this to happen. This
software is downloaded and installed using your cell phones web
browser, and again, you must make sure that it is always updated so
that your customer's information is secure.
If you apply this
information to the wireless credit card machine that you select, you
can definitely depend on the device for secure and fast credit card
processing - regardless of where you are or the signal that the device
is receiving for transmission. Many businesses these days are going
with wireless solutions whenever possible, and you should as well.