Syntec Blog

Pause and resume is dead

We ran a webinar recently about PCI DSS in call centers and asked the attendees what they were doing about PCI compliance for ‘card not present’ (CNP) phone payments. 27% said they were using ‘pause and resume call recording’ (also known as ‘stop/start’) to avoid capturing credit and debit card numbers, either agent- operated or as an […]

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Cash is no longer king – how does this affect the payment card industry?

It’s just been reported by the British Retail Consortium that payment by card now accounts for more transactions than all other payment types combined in the UK. In particular, there’s been a massive growth in the use of contactless card payments, so much so that there’s speculation that we may be moving towards becoming a […]

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How PCI compliance can help you achieve GDPR compliance too

As you probably know, there’s a lot of pressure on organizations to ensure that they are compliant with the new EU GDPR regulations by 2018. At Syntec we’re increasingly asked how PCI DSS and GDPR are related. In this blog I’ll discuss the overlap between the two and how PCI compliance can help you then build […]

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The evolution of Syntec

When my wife was in hospital in the late 1990s, I saw that the numbers given for the bedside phones were attached to that handset, so if you moved bed you had to have a new number given to you, which was inconvenient for everyone involved. I realised there was an opportunity to create portable […]

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Ten benefits of a hosted PBX (private branch exchange) telephone system

According to Ofcom, mobile phone take-up per household overtook fixed telephone lines as long ago as 2006, and now VoIP telephony (internet-based) is similarly supplanting traditional ISDN fixed lines in the business world. Beneficial for businesses large and small, a private branch exchange (PBX) system, delivered as a hosted, cloud-based service, builds on this IP-based […]

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Keys to a successful PCI DSS project

Considerations for vendor selection The choice of supplier for your PCI DSS solution is critically important to the success of your project. A good fit for your business helps ensure a relatively smooth journey. Solutions which are intuitive ease the learning process, foster the sense of the project being an improvement, and contribute to organisational […]

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UK regulation of outbound telephone marketing scores another own goal

As you may have seen in the news, the law regarding outbound direct marketing calls has changed. Currently one in five outbound direct marketing calls is from an anonymous or withheld number, something that became illegal from 16 May 2016.  UK registered companies that flout the revised regulations could be subject to penalties of up to £2.5 […]

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Five ways to reduce queuing time in your contact center

Customers generally hate waiting on hold, and the longer that they have to hold the more chance there is that they’ll abandon the call. High call abandon rates are never good but they’re particularly problematic if your business is running any kind of inbound marketing campaign when every call abandoned can mean lost business. Even […]

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