Fort Lauderdale, Florida – (The Hosting News) – August 1, 2006 – Web host, eCommerce and online marketing service provider for web professionals and small businesses, Affinity Internet,
has debuted two services, designed to meet and exceed current industry compliance standards for online credit card usage.
ScanAlert PCI Certification and ScanAlert HACKER SAFE. PCI Compliance is an industry requirement for businesses of any size that accept credit card payments online.
Jim Collins, CEO of Affinity Internet explained, ”At Affinity, we understand the importance of providing our users with easily accessible and effective solutions for their eCommerce needs. Our goal is to help our small business owners navigate the ever changing scope of the Internet as efficiently as possible — a task that can be difficult since most small business owners lack the resources available to their large enterprise counterparts.”
One such change is the recent regulations implemented by credit card processing services, such as VISA CISP, which make Certification to the PCI standard a requirement for all web sites accepting credit cards. Fines for noncompliance can reach up to $500,000 per incident and lead to further restrictions on the merchant. Under these regulations, in the event of a security breach, credit card companies can punish violations from small- and medium-sized businesses in the same manner as large corporations.
Mr. Collins noted,
”Most small businesses simply can’t afford these penalties. Yet, despite these strict regulations, our recent survey of ValueWeb users showed that 75 percent of our eCommerce merchants were unaware of their compliance status. Clearly this is a problem we are looking to solve for our customers.”
In the past, obtaining PCI Certification for online businesses could cost thousands of dollars. Affinity Internet is now offering it free to professional hosting users and for the low cost of $69/month for business and commerce users. Merchants can also subscribe to ScanAlert’s premium HACKER SAFE service, starting at an additional $19.99/month.
Michael Ayers, Director of Channel Sales at ScanAlert offered, ”Until now, once a small business became aware of compliance regulations, they often found they couldn’t afford to meet the industry standards. We are thrilled to be partnering with Affinity to offer this technology at an affordable price for small- and medium-sized businesses.”
According to HACKER SAFE, it is the world’s most widely adopted eCommerce security standard. ScanAlert only allows the certification mark to appear on sites that pass comprehensive daily security audits of eCommerce infrastructure. As long as a site remains secure, ScanAlert continually serves a HACKER SAFE certification mark directly to the retailer’s Web site from ScanAlert’s network. In scientific testing by more than 400 retailers, including PETCO, Yankee Candle and Warner Brothers, HACKER SAFE certification increased sales conversion an average of 14%. ScanAlert PCI Certification and ScanAlert HACKER SAFE products are available through Affinity Internet’s ValueWeb brand. Visit www.valueweb.com for further information.
Headquartered in Napa, Calif., according to ScanAlert, it is the world’s largest web site security certification company, protecting over 70,000 Web sites in 40 countries through the HACKER SAFE certification program. Over 40% of the Internet Retailer Top 500 use HACKER SAFE certification to build the trust that builds their business. ScanAlert also provides co-branded security services on behalf of hundreds of organizations such as Visa International and CyberSource.
(www.valueweb.com) and online marketing solutions and Gate.com, the cutting-edge UNIX and Windows web hosting (www.gate.com) service, WinSave, BigStep, SiteHosting, and SkyNetWeb.
Awards and Certifications for Affinity include:
- One of Inc.500’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Nation for 2005
- 2005 Deloitte Technology Fast 500
- 2003 PC Magazines Editors Choice: Best eCommerce Solution
- 2000 PC Magazine’s Editors Choice: Best eCommerce Solution
- Microsoft Certified Gold Partner
- Member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
- Google Certified Company
- ScanAlert’s HackerSafe Certification
Affinity’s co-brand and private-label partner programs are designed to enable service providers and Internet brands to extend value proposition to include feature-rich web site, ecommerce and online marketing services and applications. Affinity’s services are supported by its customer service ”success guides” – knowledgeable consultants with a passion for serving small businesses and a dedication to ensuring their growth and success.
To learn more about ScanAlert, please visit: www.scanalert.com.
For more information about Affinity Internet, please visit: www.affinity.com.