4 Security Issues to look out for with your POS.
A Point of Sale (POS) system is a program that allows business owners to handle transactions on their work computer making the recording of transactions in a business easier. A point of sale systems comprises of both hardware and software. The hardware includes components such as; a screen, cash drawer, printer, bar-code scanner, and a card reader. POS systems are however prone to attacks by hackers intending to get useful information about the business or their customers that is then used for fraudulent purposes. To have a secure POS, then there are various security issues you need to look out for:
1. Up to Date Operating Systems.
You will probably find a good number of small businesses that use a POS system installed on older operating systems such as Windows 98, and Windows XP. This is because most of these businesses do not want to incur the cost of an upgrade, or they simply fail to see the importance. However, older operating systems are highly prone to security attacks compared to newer ones. For instance, Microsoft no longer support updates for Windows XP and lower. This means that such operating systems have no security updates at all, making them an easy target for security attacks. It is therefore important to have your POS system installed on the latest operating systems and ensure constant updates of the operating systems to ensure security.
Most POS systems come with default passwords from the manufacturers. Keeping the manufacturer’s password makes it easy for hackers to target your system by getting the passwords from the manufacturer’s information. It is important to change the default passwords once the system is installed on your hardware. Employees manning the point of sale system have access to the password. Once they no longer work at the business, it is important to change the password as they can provide the information to outside sources that will use it to access your system. It is also important to constantly change the password to lower the chances of hackers getting the password.
It is important to look out for malware that is installed unknowingly on the machines at the workplace. Most of this malware is sent through emails as links or from sites that your employees visit. Such malware when installed on your computers allows the hackers access to your systems. It is important to advise your employees not to open suspicious and spam emails or links. It is also advisable to install a good antivirus program and update it constantly to protect your systems from malware.
Skimming involves installation of hardware to the point of sale systems that then sends important details such as credit card information to the hackers. It is important to look out for any suspicious devices in your system. It is also important to verify all workers that handle the systems and put security measures in place to avoid unauthorized access to the system. Always perform a regular routine check of the entire system to avoid security attacks through skimming.