September 7 2016.

As a small business owner, the topic of online payments processing security may not necessarily be at the top of your priority list. However, in this increasingly digital day and age, it is becoming an ever more important part of running a business, with simple improvements making all the difference.

Here are five things that you should consider and plan for as a small business:

1. Staying safe

Following some high profile, corporate data hacks, how does your business plan to protect itself against a threat of a data breach? With cybercrime becoming an ever-increasing problem across the digital world (according to ONS figures there were nearly six million instances of fraud and cybercrime in the UK last year, as reported by the BBC), what steps do you plan to put in place to ensure your business is not at risk, and thus protecting your customers’ data and money? By advising customers of the steps you take to protect your data, whether that is building a secure environment for card processing, or contracting all of your payment processes to a Level 1 PCI Compliant payment processor, your customers will feel more comfortable providing their payment data, and you are more likely to get repeat business.

2. Playing by the rules

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