If you're looking to accept credit cards online, you need to meet certain payment card security standards, known as PCI compliance,* to protect your customers' information. This page explains what's involved and how our PCI-compliant solution can help you.
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What is PCI compliance?

Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards are minimum requirements for protecting your customers' payment card information. Adopted by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, and JCB, PCI compliance is required for all merchants that store, transmit, or process payment card information.

How can PayPal help me with PCI compliance?

We have a PCI-compliant solution called Payflow Link that makes it easier for you to meet PCI standards. We offer checkout page templates that you can customize to match the look and feel of your website. These pages are hosted by PayPal, so our experts handle data security on your behalf.

This solution delivers two key advantages. Your customers never leave your site, giving them a seamless checkout experience. And since PayPal is PCI-compliant, †your task of meeting these standards is a good deal simpler.

Call 1-888-879-8716 for details about Payflow Link.

What additional steps do I need to take?

Our hosted solution takes a lot of the work out of meeting these standards. The only remaining requirements are a Security Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and Quarterly Security Scans. To help you complete these steps, PayPal has partnered with PanOptic, a Visa- and MasterCard-certified security vendor for PCI certification services (enroll here). With Payflow Link, you can spend less time dealing with data security and more time devoted to growing your online business.

I want to deal with PCI compliance on my own

Businesses that want total control of their online payment process can choose to meet the requirements themselves. These measures include implementing quarterly scans and audits, passing security assessments, building and maintaining a secure network, and other controls. You'll need to take these measures if you're considering PayPal Payments Pro.

1. A customer shops on your site and chooses to pay using their credit or debit card.

2. They enter their payment and shipping details directly on your checkout pages.

3. They enter their credit card details on your site. PayPal hosts the payment pages behind the scenes, so we handle data security on your behalf.

1. A customer shops on your site and chooses to pay using their credit or debit card.
2. They enter their payment and shipping details directly on your checkout pages.
3. They enter their credit card details on your site. PayPal hosts the payment pages behind the scenes, so we handle data security on your behalf.
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