Monthly Archives: April 2014

FFX Tools Easter weekend update

It sounds like our encouraging pre-Easter tweet did the trick for FFX Tools weekend at Brands Hatch for the Super Bike Championships when they were tooled up (pardon the pun!) with two of our very handy short term rental credit card machines:

Here’s what they told us:

“The weekend turned out to be really good – once the rain cleared and 35,000 people visited for a long weekend of Super Biking. The terminals were just fine with no hang-ups or issues at all.”

We hope the sun keeps shining for their next event in two weeks time and that the other Super Bike Championship events they will be attending around the UK throughout the summer go equally as well!

FFX Tools fired up for the British Superbike Championship

FFX Tools And MoreSpring is in the air and at PDQ Machines HQ that means one thing – a leap in requests for our famous short term rentals for all those open air events and festivals taking place up and down the country.

And just one of those requests has come from FFX Tools And More, suppliers of high quality tools, fixings and building supplies, who will be spending their Easter holidays with their own FFX Yamaha team at Brands Hatch for the British Superbike Championship.

We’ll be supporting their retail endeavours by providing them with two of our trusty short term rental credit card machines while they experience “four days of breathtaking drama” and we hope four days of breathtaking takings too! Here’s what Adrian Walker their Senior Sales Executive told us:

“PDQ Machines is supplying FFX Tools with credit card terminals for our stand at the British Superbike Championship which starts at Brands Hatch over the long Easter weekend, 18 to 21 April, and then moves to other venues all around the country through the summer so we need two short term rental machines for the duration of each event.

FFX Tools Website

They’ve come up trumps for us yet again and we’re confident that the terminals they’ve recommended, which use GSM/GPRS with complimentary back-up SIM card, will be the perfect solution for this jaw-dropping (and very busy) four-day event that attracts around 20,000 people.

Our experience of PDQ Machines hands-on customer service means we know that should any technical problems arise during the championship they’ll be at the end of the phone to help out and ensure we are able to continue trading.”

If you’re planning to go to this petrolheads’ paradise over the Easter break to cheer on FFX team riders Ian Hutchinson and Andy Reid or maybe Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes or Tommy Bridewell on Paddock Hill Bend, Pit Straight or Hailwoods, be sure to check out FFX Tools stand and their market-leading prices.

Brands Hatch Superbike Championship

Look out for an FFX Tools And More update on the PDQ Machines Blog…coming soon.

Why you shouldn’t rent an EFT 930 Terminal

EFT-930-TerminalFrom April 2017 the EFT 930 terminal cannot be used under the latest regulations. Because by then these terminals, which are PCI PED 1.3 products, will not be compliant. So what do we mean by this?

Early Security Standards

Prior to 2004, each credit card brand policed their own PIN Entry Device (PED) requirements for security. In 2004, Visa and MasterCard collaborated to align their specifications and PCI PED was born.

Subsequently additional card brands collaborated. The PCI SSC (Payment Cards Industry Security Standards Council) was formed in 2006 with the PCI-DSS (Data Security Standard) standard in its scope. PCI PED was brought under the PCI SSC umbrella in September 2007.

The initial release of PCI PED, call it version 1.0, harmonised the requirements of Visa and MasterCard and provided a security baseline that the card brands felt represented a minimum level of security required in any PIN accepting device.

Maintaining Security

As security threats have evolved, PCI PED has been enhanced to maintain a balance of compliance and expense. PCI participants have agreed that, in general, PED security will be updated at least every three years.

As these changes are made, the PCI SSC (Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council) publishes the transition dates between versions. They usually publish a date whereby the previous version can no longer be certified, as with the EFT 930 Terminal, as being compliant with the current version of the standard and a second date when that product can no longer be purchased.

PCI PED version 1.3 devices are no longer certified but can be sold until December 2014, such as the EFT 930 Terminal range.

What this means to you the Retailers

So why should a retailer making a product purchasing decision today care about the difference between products approved for either PCI PED versions 1.3 or 2.0. The most fundamental answer is to reduce the risk of compromise and to extend the serviceable life of the product selected today.


EFT 930 Terminal

In other words EFT 930 Terminal products are no longer compliant and a classed as “Old Stock”.  Here at PDQ machines all machines we currently rent are PED 2.0  and so will be compliant until 2020.

Why is this happening?

All changes to the PCI PED standards are driven as a result of actual product attacks that are detected in the field, by an analysis of criminals increasing skill and sophistication and by the ever decreasing cost of technology. As technology capability continues to increase and technology cost continues to decrease, the risk – reward ratio continually changes.

When you purchase the latest version PCI PED certified product from PDQ Machines, you are ensuring that the device can withstand the latest generation of attacks and will remain sufficiently secure for the longest period of time. (Note:  it is quite possible that an attack will be mounted that forces PCI to alter the current dates for installation and usage of a particular version of device.)

In closing, it is PDQ Machines’ strong recommendation that any retailer making a device purchase decision in 2014 seriously considers the risks associated with purchasing a non-PCI version 2.0 device and that any organisation selling or hiring to new customers a EFT930 Terminal product or non PCI 2.0 device after April 30th 2014 should be reported to Visa and Master Card.

Technically PCI PED version 1.3 devices like EFT 930 Terminal range, can be installed during the first quarter of 2014, but it should be remembered that the initial requirements of PCI PED version 1 were written in 2004 and the sophistication of technology and skill of criminals has progressed significantly since then. So click here to ensure your new credit card machine not only complies with the legislation but is a great deal as well!