All merchants who accept credit cards or store payment card or other sensitive data must secure and protect this information and their customers. This article explains how QuickBooks meets the PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standards), and in some cases what actions you may need to take to be compliant. Standards increase in rigor year after year, so newer versions of QuickBooks provide more built-in protections than older versions.
In 2011, merchants were required to enable "complex passwords" in order to continue to process credit card payments in QuickBooks. A complex password is simply one that has at least 7 characters and includes at least 1 number and 1 uppercase letter. Complex passwords must also be changed every 90 days.
We help to ensure you’re compliant through the functionality of QuickBooks software:
If you are certain that you don't need to be PA-DSS compliant, you can disable Customer Credit Card Protection to use a less complex password. We encourage you to use strong passwords anyway, as an added safeguard for your own business and your customers.
Actions you can take to comply with these new security standards:
If you are certain that you don't need to be PA-DSS compliant, you can disable Customer Credit Card Protection to use a less complex password.
Important: You may need to take actions outside of QuickBooks to ensure you are compliant.
You can also contact a technical support agent for additional guidance. Fees may apply.