Authorize.Net

Credit card processing for small & medium business merchants

About Authorize.Net

Authorize.Net is an online payment gateway enabling small to medium-sized online merchants to accept credit card and electronic check payments from websites and deposit funds automatically into their merchant bank account. More than 305,000 merchants trust Authorize.net for payment processing and online fraud prevention solutions.

Accept retail payments/in-person payments by attaching a compatible card reader to an existing computer, or use a mobile device in order to accept payments on the go. Authorize.Net also powers payments for dozens of pre-integrated, third party point-of-sale systems.

Customers can make a web purchase on their mobile phone, and Authorize.Net payments can be embedded into the business' mobile app for accepting payments.

Accept mail order/telephone order payments and submit transactions manually by entering payment details into Authorize.Net's online virtual terminal. This feature is ideal for merchants who take mail or telephone orders from their customers.

Pricing starting from:

USD 25.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Authorize.Net

  • Accept a variety of payments – All major credit cards, eCheck.Net (electronic checks from bank accounts), gift cards, and signature debit cards.

  • Manage transactions – A full-featured merchant interface to monitor and control payments through websites.

  • Prevent fraud – Identify suspicious transactions with value-adding products and built-in fraud tools.

  • Risk management – Sensitive data is stored in the Authorize.Net PCI-compliant data center, and never on the user's computer.

  • Receive payments quickly – Funds are automatically deposited into the user's merchant bank account within days.

  • Free help – Authorize.Net provides live technical and account support to merchants, as well as access to online documentation and user guides.

  • Devices

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    Australia, Canada, China, United Kingdom, India, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    USD 25.00/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Authorize.Net: 28

    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Commission Management
    • Customer Accounts
    • Customisable Branding
    • Discount Management
    • Electronic Payments
    • Electronic Signature
    • Fraud Detection
    • Gift Card Management
    • Inventory Management
    • Invoice Processing
    • Loyalty Program
    • Mobile Access
    • Multi-Location
    • Ordering Automation
    • PCI Compliance
    • Payment Processing
    • Purchasing & Receiving
    • Real Time Data
    • Recurring/Subscription Billing
    • Restaurant POS
    • Retail POS
    • Returns Management
    • Sales Reports
    • Transaction History
    • Transaction Monitoring
    • eCommerce Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5
    (121)
    Value for Money
    4.3/5
    Features
    4.3/5
    Ease of Use
    4.2/5
    Customer Support
    4.2/5

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    Keyana K.
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    • Industry: Internet
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Gets the job done with hardly any issues ever.

    Reviewed on 25/04/2018

    Pros

    Authorize.net is our payment gateway, as we are a company that runs several credit card transactions daily. The fees are minimal, the customer service has always been great (even if, at times, the reasons I had to call we're not so great), and the website is about the simplest one I've ever used, considering all of the information it processes. We don't use any POS devices, just the website, but that's still MORE than enough for us.

    Cons

    I wish it was easier to edit ARB subscriptions; for example, if I want to simply change the date that a customer's auto-charge runs, I have to actually delete the whole thing, and create a new one to reflect the date change. That's pretty annoying, but for a website that hasn't really changed much in the 12 years since I first began using it, I can only expect so much at this point.

    Joe K.
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    A Bit Dated, But Functional

    Reviewed on 19/08/2021

    Overall, positive experience. Had one day where the servers went down and were unable to take...

    Overall, positive experience. Had one day where the servers went down and were unable to take payment for a couple hours. Other than that, zero outages or complaints.

    Pros

    We've had very little problems with fraudulent payment attempts. Security settings are quite customizable and ease of setup is good.

    Cons

    The interface is a little outdated. Other processors like Square and Stripe feel more sleek and modern, more navigable.

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    Stripe

    Reasons for Switching to Authorize.Net

    Ease of setup with our software and employees familiarity of Authorize.
    Jay M.
    Overall rating
    • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

    Holds Funds like PayPal Does - Avoid.

    Reviewed on 03/12/2019

    I'm not saying that Authorize.net does not work for everybody. But the digital marketer is in...

    I'm not saying that Authorize.net does not work for everybody. But the digital marketer is in particular I would steer clear because it has the same issues that PayPal exhibits were sometimes a hold your funds for no reason and you have to fight to get them. Youre flagged as high risk

    I was a customer with Authorize.net for about three months and I was approved for ACH bank transfers by their credit team. I put two of them through and all of a sudden my bank transfer account was shut down and they didn't tell me why other than my account was deemed high-risk by their bank and no matter what I did it would never be reopened ever. To my knowledge the only thing that makes it high-risk is that I charged about $5k in two days - Which I told the underwriter team was my norm before I signed up. They knew how much money I would be processing each month. They also told me that my business model wasn't elibigile for bank transfers.

    My clients couldn't even ask for a refund. All they could do was dispute the charges that were on hold and if they did that it would hurt my account and my credit. To this day they still have about $4400 of my money that I will not get until the end of January if my account is in good standing. Well I shut down the account and moved over to QuickBooks so hopefully I get paid.

    Again I'm doing recurring bank transfers with my client so this might not be the case for everybody and this might be great for credit card transactions.

    Pros

    It was very easy to set up recurring payments and sync with my webmaster.

    Cons

    - The UI is extremely outdated and looks like it's from the early 2000s.
    - Your invoices are not customizable and they look tacky
    - Navigating around the menu is not user-friendly as finding where you're trying to go and can be difficult
    - Customer support is not the greatest and sometimes I can't help you with your problems or get back to you in a timely matter

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    Reasons for Switching to Authorize.Net

    I moved to QuickBooks.
    Corinne A.
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    • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    Overall rating

    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Adequate Payment Gateway

    Reviewed on 29/07/2021

    Overall, I think there is a reason nearly every organization I've worked with uses this payment...

    Overall, I think there is a reason nearly every organization I've worked with uses this payment gateway. It works well and is fairly intuitive.

    Pros

    I've used Authorize.net as a payment gateway at multiple organizations. It is fairly easy to use and intuitive when it comes to basic functions like payment processing, refunds, looking up transactions. They have a live chat customer support feature which is really handy.

    Cons

    The security features can be very confusing and the resources they have for explaining them are adequate but could be a little more clear. Sometimes the instructions on their FAQs dont seem to match what I actually see on my screen, so I've had to reach out to customer support for pretty basic stuff. Luckily their customer service is pretty good.

    Brian W.
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Very Useful CC Gateway

    Reviewed on 24/04/2019

    Authorize.net is really a payment gateway for your site or business. We have utilized the mobile...

    Authorize.net is really a payment gateway for your site or business. We have utilized the mobile application for 1 off transactions and have been pleased with how it works. It is not made to be your whole inventory tracker in the least bit, but it does its job for the occasional transaction. We have been using the gateway on our sites for years. We have used Magento, and WooCommerce and now Shopify for our site. We did have some issues with WooCommerce and finding plugins for the payment gateway that worked for all we needed it to. That being said, for the majority of the time it has worked.
    Thank you

    Pros

    It really has never failed us when utilizing the application to run transactions on the go. It has worked for us for years.

    Cons

    Integrations with WooCommerce has proven difficult at times. We have utilized the official plugin for some time, but that has recently started to have problems for us. We ended up switching to a new backend for our site. We'll probably still be utilizing Authorize.net though.

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    Authorize.Net offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: USD 25.00/month
    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Not Available

    2.9% + .30 per transaction* $49 setup, $25 monthly gateway + free additional services. *Partner merchant account fees may vary, contact Authorize.net for more details.

    Authorize.Net has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

    Authorize.Net supports the following languages:

    English

    Authorize.Net supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Authorize.Net integrates with the following applications:

    PayPal

    Authorize.Net offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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