Appendix 1: Best Practices for Managing Credit
A portion of the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) relates to encrypting your
payment data. In most cases you are required to meet these standards, although they are also
considered best practices:
- Enable encryption in your store. After you enable encryption, payment information on new orders
will be encrypted.
- Encrypt existing payment information. If you have existing orders with unencrypted payment
information, you have to encrypt the payment information on those orders.
- Delete payment information from orders. PCI has several requirements for when you should
delete payment information:
- It is never acceptable to keep unencrypted credit card numbers in your database, even
- You should not keep credit card data longer than you need to. For example, the PCI standards
let you keep credit card information to cover your return policy, or if you sell custom products
that may be paid for in installments. However, you should delete credit card information when
you no longer need it to process or refund an order.
- Under no circumstances should you store payment information in your database for more than 1
- You may never store the entire stripe data (which includes the CVV code) even if it’s encrypted.