The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Would your genealogy or historical society like to accept payments on the web? Possible uses are to accept membership dues, to sell books or other materials, accept donations, or to accept registration fees for seminars and other events. Online payment processing may sound “high-tech” and complicated, but even the smallest nonprofit can easily implement procedures to receive payments through its website.
Online credit card payments are the most accepted method of payment these days. Years ago, many people were afraid to use credit cards online. However, those fears are long gone as millions of online credit card payments are now made every day. The number of lost or fraudulent online charges is now lower than that of old-fashioned “face-to-face” credit card payments in stores, gas stations, restaurants, and elsewhere. As a result, online use of credit cards is now safer than using credit cards in stores. In addition, all online payments made by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card are now fully insured against fraud and errors, both online and offline, so purchasers will never lose a dime even in the worst situation imaginable. Once upon a time, debit cards were not protected but that has now changed. The protection now covers both debit cards and credit cards.