As a merchant, you have a lot on your plate given the current state of the commerce industry. Between deploying mobile point-of-sale devices, securing IT environments and keeping up with business demands, it is not easy to stay up to date on the latest trends and topics that are being shared on social media and discussed on popular payment sector blogs.
However, maintaining an awareness about your industry, payment processing and cybersecurity is absolutely necessary, and therefore, you must find some time to read news stories and opinion pieces. Of course, you can't spend your days searching for credible sources.
Here are seven payment, IT and cybersecurity blogs that every merchant should read.
It's tagline is "What's next in payments," and that's exactly what kind of blog posts and articles that you'll be able to read on PYMNTS.com. For in-depth opinionated editorials on the hottest trends such as EMV, mobile POS and more, as well as breaking news and videos, PYMTS is a great resource. Often, the website will host interviews with industry experts from a variety of payment card companies, processing firms and banks, and these insights into the sector can make anyone an expert.
"Mobility and mobile apps are important aspects of modern business."
2. Mobile Payments Today
Mobility and mobile apps are important aspects of modern business, and by ignoring the mobile sector of the payments industry, you are essentially missing out on the latest trends in customer experience. That's why all merchants should frequently visit mobilepaymentstoday.com.
The website hosts news stories, analytical articles and white papers, making it a one-stop-shop for anything mobile payments-related. Even better, there are plenty of topics that make this a great site for any industry, with categories including bill payment, card brands, EMV and mobile banking and sector-specific blog posts related to retail, food service and security.
3. The Paypers
Despite being based in the Netherlands, ThePaypers.com provides merchants around the world with thought-leadership blog posts and reports. With something to read for everyone from payment service providers to professionals in finance, this website covers a wide variety of topics while still remaining relevant to its overall audience.
4. Payment Cards & Mobile
At Paymentcardsandmobile.com, you can find everything you need to keep up with the face-paced payment industry. Whether you're looking for daily news in a specific sector or just browsing for some insights to payment processing, this blog has what you want.
Payment Cards & Mobile also offers plenty of reports, as well, so if you want to check out some deep dives into card processing or mobile payment fraud, the website has you covered.
5. Krebs On Security
Brian Krebs is an experienced cybersecurity expert, and on his blog at KrebsOnSecurity.com, Krebs covers the latest security news and delivers hard-hitting investigations into data breaches and security incidents. And you can trust Krebs, since he's been interviewed by all of the biggest news sources.
The best part about Krebs' blog is that Krebs isn't afraid to uncover what no one else will touch. Check his site out if you want the best cybersecurity news on the Internet.
PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and JPMorgan are just some of the companies that Paymentsource.com is currently reporting on. This website is perfect for merchants that want a great mix between news and opinion articles, and with categories including debit, risk and analytics, regulation and compliance and retail and acquiring, there is something for everyone. In addition, their technology section is quite insightful.
7. Let's Talk Payments
Do you want to read interviews, insights into the payments industry data analyses and reports, as well as news stories? Then check out LetsTalkPayments.com. Since becoming publically available in 2013, this website has quickly risen to the top of the pack, and with a weekly podcast, it's going to stay there for a while.