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Why Businesses Need Secure Payment Services

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Why Businesses Need Secure Payment Services

Cash as a payment method has been slowly declining in Australia since 2007, Then the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic hit and the need for contactless payment was the final nail in the coffin for cash. Australian consumers fell in love with the speed, convenience, and reliability that online payment methods can offer. And though the pandemic has passed, they have maintained their preference for contactless payment methods such as card payments, direct debit, and digital wallets. But as the popularity of online payment methods and digital wallets grow, so does the need for businesses to have secure payment services in place to protect themselves and their customers.

But what is a secure payment service and why is it so important for businesses to have one?

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What is a secure payment service

Secure payment services help businesses accept and manage secure online payments made by credit card, debit card, or direct debit. A secure payment service should handle the entire payment process from end-to-end from the moment the customer enters their payment details to the time when the business receives the payment.

Like Biz Core’s Microsoft Azure Security, a secure payment service should have strong built-in security specifically designed to protect the sensitive information of both customers and the business.


How online payment systems work

Alhough a secure online payment system makes the process look fast and easy, there are quite a number of factors involved.


Who’s involved?

Generally, the main entities involved in an online payment include:

  • The customer – a customer will use their credit or debit card to purchase goods or services from your business.
  • The merchant (you) – the person or business providing the product or service. As the merchant or business, you will also need a merchant account for customers to transfer funds into.
  • The payment processor – communicates with the issuing bank via their card networks.
  • The issuer – the financial institution or bank that issues the credit or debit card.
  • The payment gateway – a virtual, cloud-based system that works similar to an in-person POS system and ensures payment information is encrypted and secure.


How does it work?

The online payment process usually follows these general steps:
Step 1: customer uses their payment card to purchase goods or services
Step 2: the payment information is sent through the payment gateway, encrypted and secure to the payment processor
Step 3: the payment processor communicates with the issuing bank to ensure the customer has sufficient funds to approve the payment
Step 4: the payment processor will communicate with the merchant as to whether the payment is approved or declined.
Step 5: The payment is settled and the funds are deposited into the merchants bank account, usually at the close of business that day.

What are secure payment methods

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A secure payment means that both the businesses information and the customer’s information (such as their credit card number, credit card expiry date, and CVV) is encrypted during the payment process.


Typically, one of the safest methods of payment is credit cards. This is because most credit card issuers will routinely monitor credit cards for fraudulent transactions and suspicious activities. Credit card issuers will also often offer their customers zero fraud liability coverage, meaning customers are not responsible or liable for any fraudulent charges that may occur. When this routine monitoring and fraud cover is combined with a secure payment service, credit cards become one of the most secure payment methods available.


However, all payment methods come with their own risks and using a secure payment service can be a good way to ensure the sensitive information of both you and your customer is secure regardless of the payment method chosen.


Which online payment system is best

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Each business will have its own unique needs and non-negotiables and it’s important to research every secure payment service carefully before making your decision.


However, there are some important features to look out for when doing your research.


Built-in security

When handling sensitive information, it’s vital your secure payment service has strong built-in security features that protect both you and your customers. The security should offer full encryption and protection against fraud.

Free trial or demonstration

Finding a secure payment service that offers a free trial or demonstration is important. This will help you determine if the product is right for your business before making any commitments.

Upfront fees

Hidden fees can be a nasty surprise for any business, so make sure you choose a secure payment service that is upfront with their fees and charges.

Multiple payment methods

Customers like choice so having a variety of payment methods to choose from can help keep your customers happy and loyal.

Flexible payment schedules

Offering customers a number of payment options can be a great way to ensure your business is paid on time. Find a secure payment service that offers weekly, fortnightly, or monthly payment options.

Customer management tools

The best secure payment service should offer customer management tools that keep track of customer information, customer interactions and payments. This will take some of the admin stress out of running your business.



Secure more with Biz Core

Looking for a secure payment service but not sure where to start? Biz Core is here to help!
We offer a free live demonstration with our experts so you can be sure you’ve found the right fit for your business.


Contact Biz Core today for more information or to book your free live demonstration.

Loan management software FAQs

Are recurring payments automatic payments?

Automatic payments can encompass various types of transactions, including recurring payments, one-time payments, and instalment payments. However, recurring payments specifically refer to transactions that occur on a recurring basis, typically with a fixed amount charged at regular intervals until the customer cancels or modifies the arrangement.

Why do recurring payments fail?

Recurring payments can fail for various reasons, including:

Insufficient funds

Expired or invalid payment information

Payment gateway issues

Bank or card issuer restrictions

Account holds or restrictions

Billing address mismatch

Payment authorisation issues

Subscription cancellations or changes

System or software errors

Communication failures

To mitigate recurring payment failures, businesses should ensure that they have a comprehensive payment processing system in place, like Biz Core.

Contact us today for a free live demo and for more information on how we can help your business streamline your payment processes.

Can a debit card be used for recurring payments?

Yes, debit cards can be used for recurring payments. When you provide your debit card information for a recurring payment, the merchant or service provider will typically request authorisation from your bank to charge your card at regular intervals (e.g., monthly, quarterly, annually) for the specified amount.

Read more: Setting up direct debit for small business

Why is sports membership payment software important?

Sports clubs have a range of fees and costs that need effective management. From day-to-day payments to competitions to club fees and membership, there are a lot of payment structures that need to be accounted for. A sports club payment system is built to meet these unique needs and make payment processing and collection simple.


Read more: Why is a Sports Payments System Important?

What fees can be charged on a credit card account?

Credit card issuers may charge various fees associated with credit card accounts. These fees can vary among different card issuers and may include the following:

Annual fees

Interest charges

Penalty fees, such as late payment fees and overlimit fees

Transaction fees, including foreign transaction fees and cash advance fees

Miscellaneous fees, such as balance fees and returned payments fees balance

However, fees can vary based on the card issuer, the type of credit card, and the terms of the card agreement. So it’s important to check with your card issuer to confirm what fees you may be charged.