What’s in an Acronym? PCI, Explained

You’re probably sitting there thinking, “Hey, I’m a web developer—not a credit card processing expert!” and your argument may elicit a nod of agreement from most people. But the bottom line is, if you want to become a successful r3sellers.com affiliate, you’ll want to brush up on your knowledge of the credit card processing industry. There’s nothing that brings comfort to an unsure client like a developer with industry know-how.

What’s PCI?
The first thing you’re going to want to acquaint yourself with is the term PCI, which is short for Payment Card Industry. Easy enough. PCI refers to the whole industry of businesses that make their bread and butter from credit card processing.

Okay, so What’s PCI-DSS?
Sounds complicated, but it’s really not. It’s just short for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, which is (you guessed it) a standard that all businesses involved in the processing of credit card payments are required to fall in line with to guarantee PCI compliance.

So now that you’ve become versed in some of the basic lingo, you’re ready to go out there and educate your customers—right? Not so fast, partner. The hard truth is, the education of a web developer is never complete. Remember to stay abreast of current and future trends, and do a little research now and then. You’ll be surprised by how a little know-how can shape your clients’ perception of you.

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