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Square readers quietly add hardware encryption

updated 11:35 am EDT, Tue March 27, 2012

Square upgrades readers with hardware encryption

Square readers have just been upgraded to offer hardware encryption, VentureBeat found. The company is planning on upgrading existing readers without hardware encryption to the new ones. The new security measure will encrypt credit card numbers as they are sent from the reader to the app on the mobile device, keeping it secure even before it needs to go online.

How much more the new hardware will cost and whether this will be passed on to customers isn't yet known. The required battery does cost between 15 and 25 cents more, which is small enough that Square could eat the difference.

While this upgrade brings Square more in line with the hardware of the likes of competitor VeriFone, that rival company still holds an advantage in supporting PIN-locked debit cards and payments from NFC devices. Square is mostly countering using Pay with Square, which lets users open a tab just by going nearby and then telling a clerk they'd like to pay.




By Electronista Staff
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  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    -1

    Sadly they lied about this

    right from the start. Of course you can't find it now, but their initial marketing said the readers were encrypted and they were not. That caused me some concern in the beginning. I have been using Square since the beginning though, and it's a great product. i hope it kills PayPal.

  1. UmarOMC

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    WHAT!?

    This wasn't encrypted from the get-go!? Wow.

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