I have been on shared hosting for a while now and my sites don't need more, I mainly sell scripts, so nothing to do with communities and large databases, etc.
Lately, I needed to get a merchant account and like most of you might know, server secuirty is involved.
Never did I have any problems with the current host but after the merchant account provider's security team scanned the server, they came up with a little report saying that telnet is a risk and since am on shared, there is no way I can have this blocked for the entire server.
My question is, do I need a dedicated server or is a VPS enough for that?
The server needs to be PCI/AIS certified - some kind of certification by Visa/Mastercard
If shared is still good for that, please let me know too.
Do you have a list of the requirements to pass the security certification?
You should be able to get a merchant account in a shared environment without too large of problem. Telnet is actually outdated and a lot of hosts have it disabled now on their servers. The best way to find out if a host does is simply e-mail them along with any other requirements you may have.