Friday, July 31, 2009
SmartyCard is adding subscription-based rates to its pricing options, the company said today. The idea behind the move is to help parents take the guess work out of topping off a child's SmartyCard account (and for parents who might forget to fund a child's account). SmartyCard responded to its summertime surveys and has made a basic subscription available at $6.95 per month for 5,000 points. A three-month subscription plan provides 5,000 points per month and the six-month subscription plan provides 6,000 points per month. Virtual worlds that use SmartyCard include Zwinky Cuties, Bella Sara, Club Penguin, and Stardoll.
Reports that companies involved in some of the latest data breaches were PCI-compliant continues to spark discussion of whether PCI is a solid measuring stick for overall security. Industry observers say yes, but businesses need to change their check-list approach. http://www.eweek.com/prestitial.php?type=rest&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eweek.com%2Fc%2Fa%2FSecurity%2FPCI-Compliance-Only-the-Start-of-Security-365170%2F&ref=.