As you may be aware, an Internet-wide security issue, commonly referred to as POODLE, has been identified in the last two weeks and affects anyone using older Web browsers that use SSL version 3 (SSLv3), specifically Internet Explorer (IE) 6. This issue creates a vulnerability that could allow hackers to gain access to any connection using this outdated Web browser.
Authorize.Net itself is not vulnerable to POODLE, but we are making changes to our systems to assure that we are providing our merchants and their customers with the highest degree of security possible.
To that end, on November 4, 2014, we will be disabling the use of SSLv3 within our systems. This means that if your website or shopping cart solution uses SSLv3 to send transactions to Authorize.Net, you will no longer be able to process transactions. You will also no longer be able to access any secure Authorize.Net pages from IE6.
We expect that a minimal number of our merchants will be affected. However, because we do not control how your particular site or solution sends transactions to us, this change could potentially impact your transaction processing. Please immediately contact your web developer or shopping cart solution to see if you will need to make any changes to your site or solution before November 4th.
Most modern shopping carts do not use this old technology in their solutions--in general, POODLE will only affect solutions that are older and use SSLv3. But again, because we do not control which method your systems use for transaction processing, we are not able to advise whether or not this change will affect you site or solution. We strongly urge you to contact your web developer or payment solution provider to find out for sure.
We apologize for the short notice, but security is of the utmost concern. Authorize.Net and most other payment and technology companies are disabling SSLv3 as soon as possible to help make sure that hackers aren't able to exploit this vulnerability.
If you have any questions regarding this change, please review our POODLE FAQs. You can also check out this post in the developer community for instructions to give to your web or solution developer regarding the upcoming change.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this urgent issue.
As you've probably heard by now, Apple recently launched a new payment service that will be available with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new service is called Apple Pay, and Authorize.Net is one of the first companies to offer support for the new feature.
What hasn't been discussed much is the tokenization technology that Apple Pay is using to drive its new payment solution. The behind-the-scenes story of what happens when customers use Apple Pay is what truly makes the Apple announcement an important milestone for Authorize.Net and the payments industry in general.
Rajat Taneja, Executive Vice President of Technology for Visa, Inc. (our parent company), recently wrote a great article describing the new technology and how it applies to the payments ecosystem.
Today's case study focuses on a UK merchant named Optimize Press. Optimize Press is a popular WordPress plug-in that makes it easy to transform WordPress websites into lead-generation and sales-conversion platforms. What makes this UK-based company unique is that 80% of their customers are based in the U.S.
James Dyson, owner of OptimizePress, explained, "We have the peace of mind of knowing that we can rely on the Authorize.Net Payment Gateway for secure, reliable, payment processing in support of our expansion plans."
Read the case study to learn more about OptmizePress and how they use Authorize.Net to grow their business globally.
Last month, David Schwartz introduced the Authorize.Net Merchant of the Week. Several merchants with unique products and successful business models have been highlighted on our Facebook page. Each of them has a unique story to share; if you haven't yet, go check them out today!
Over the next two weeks, we will highlight a couple of merchants in the UK that were kind enough to share how the Authorize.Net services have helped them to grow faster and manage international orders.
Today we are sharing the story of Wiggly Wigglers who operates a successful e-commerce store from the quaint, countryside town of Herefordshire. Wiggly Wigglers has found success in selling worms, goat socks and flowers throughout the UK with their tagline, "Bringing Country Living to Life."
Read more about their business and how they have handled increased demand with Authorize.Net.
Authorize.Net is currently exhibiting at the Internet Retailer Convention and Expo (IRCE) at Chicago's McCormick place through June 12th. If you're in the area, stop by booth #1529 to say hello, hear what's new, grab some swag and maybe a latte or cappuccino.
Many companies use tradeshows and conferences as a great way to drum up new business and partnerships, attend educational sessions and, of course, network.
While we definitely do that, too, we here at Authorize.Net also love the opportunity tradeshows provide to meet and visit with our existing customers and partners. In today's digital age, it's a great reminder of the real people and stories that are behind every business name or customer number. We love to chat and learn about the different businesses that are out there, the many ways in which people are using our services and answer any questions about our platform.
We've got two tradeshows coming up in June: Internet Retailer in Chicago, IL, and Internet World in London, UK. Both are great shows and give you the chance to interact with some of us at Authorize.Net. If you're attending either of these shows, please stop by, say hi and collect some Authorize.Net swag!
We hope to see you there!
Posted by: David Schwartz, Sr. Marketing Director
One aspect that I truly love about my job is the opportunity to interact with Authorize.Net merchants and learn about all of the unique businesses that use the Authorize.Net platform for managing their payments needs. From startups to non-profits to brick and mortar retailers, we’ve got over 400,000 customers, which means over 400,000 stories to tell.
This week, we begin a new feature on our Facebook page in which we showcase a merchant each week and highlight their particular business.
Our first merchant is Growers Alliance Coffee, a fine gourmet, organic and fair trade coffee company based out of Jacksonville, Florida. Check out their video below to learn more about the company and make sure you visit and like our Facebook page to see our regular updates, including each week’s Merchant of the Week.
If you are interested in seeing your business featured, please send us an email.
The Merchant of the Week is selected at the sole discretion of Authorize.Net and due to the high volume of merchants interested in participating, we regret that we are not able to honor all requests or respond to all inquiries about the program.
Transact 14 is in full swing at the Mandalay Bay. If you are around, stop by booth #406 and say hello to the Authorize.Net team.
Posted by: Todd Whittaker, Alliance Team Manager
Visit us at Transact 14!
As usual, Authorize.Net will be exhibiting at the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Convention and Expo, now known as Transact 14. Though the name has changed this year, we expect the conference to be just as great and rewarding as in years past.
This year the show is back at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, April 8-10, and we’re excited to meet with our many valued resellers and partners attending the show. Be sure to stop by booth #406 to learn about our plans for the upcoming year, discuss the industry in general and enjoy a free coffee or hot chocolate from our beverage stand. We’ll also have swag and sweets and a place for you to rest your feet if need be.
See you in Vegas!
Posted by: Alex Burgin, Sr. Sales Director
Authorize.Net and Volusion have had a close partnership in the United States for over 10 years and share thousands of merchants across our respective platforms. As a leading provider of e-commerce software and services for small- to medium-sized organizations, I’m happy to let you know that we are expanding our partnership to include support throughout the UK and Europe. This expansion provides numerous benefits for current and future merchants including support for currency localization and the ability for merchants to access Authorize.Net services directly through Volusion in major global markets.
The thousands of merchants that we share have access to some of the industry’s leading e-commerce solutions, from Authorize.Net’s fraud and data tokenization tools to Volusion’s store builder and all-in-one e-commerce platform. The expansion of our partnership demonstrates that we are committed to working together to help our merchants achieve success and grow their business.
I asked Neil Patel, Head of Business Development for Volusion, for his thoughts on the partnership and he shared, “Authorize.Net has been a key partner of Volusion’s, and we are thrilled to be able to expand that partnership to our global customer base. We believe the end-to-end combination that Volusion and Authorize.Net offer creates a best-of-class solution for merchants in the U.S., UK and Europe.”
If you are interested in learning more, please contact me at .