Understanding the TLS Issue & Why Your Credit Cards May Stop Working!

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Apr 30, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Yes, credit cards may stop working on your point of sale system this summer!  We are providing you with more information on this important issue - please take a moment to read.

First some definitions and background on this topic:

TLS: Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol used to establish a secure communications channel between two systems.

SSL: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private.

On Feb. 13, 2015, the PCI Security Standards Council announced that SSL, a protocol designed to ensure that data provided between a web server and a web browser, such as credit card information, remains secure - is no longer an acceptable way to provide strong cryptography, due to a number of known fundamental vulnerabilities. The deadline is June 30, 2018. 

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Tech Tip: Changing the Router in an Aurora System

By Jesse Dison | Apr 24, 2018 9:31:46 AM

Tech Tip for changing the router in your Aurora NCC System:

It's a windy, snowy day in  Alaska.  Power goes out and comes on with a power surge.  Everything for your system comes back on but the router.  What do you do? 

If you have a backup router or order a new one, just plugging it into your system may not work.  If it is the same brand of router you stand a better chance of it working.  If it a different brand of router, it will not work until you do the following. 

  1. Turn off the back office computer and all registers.
  2. Plug up the new router and wait at least 2 minutes.
  3. Turn on the computer in the office and let it load completely.
  4. Turn on the registers.
  5. Look at the PDS monitor (former blog article) and make sure they are all connected. If not connect please call the support line.

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Tech Tip: If the Registers Do Not Show"TOTALS CLEARED" in the Morning

By Jesse Dison | Mar 27, 2018 5:45:55 PM

Tech Tip:  On the Aurora NCC Point of Sale System, registers must show "Totals Cleared" before starting a new day. If it does not, it means that the computer in the back did not communicate with the registers.

If you do not do the following, totals may be lost!

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PCI Council Announces Changes to Qualified Integrators & Resellers Program

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Mar 25, 2018 7:18:11 PM

In March, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced new changes to the PCI Qualified Integrators and Resellers (QIR) Program in response to industry feedback and data breach report findings. The program changes are designed to increase the number of QIRs and equip them to help merchants reduce risk by mitigating the leading causes of payment data breaches. 

The PCI SSC QIR program offers specialized data security training and certification to individuals that install, configure and/or support payment systems. PCI SSC maintains a listing of PCI QIRs on its website for merchants to use in identifying and selecting trusted partners. Since the program was established in 2012, breach reports highlight that smaller merchants are increasingly under attack, and that the majority of merchant payment data breaches could be prevented by addressing three critical issues: insecure remote access, weak password practices and outdated and unpatched software.

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Great Education at the Rural Small Business Conference

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Feb 27, 2018 4:44:52 PM

Thanks to all of you who visited us at the Rural Small Business Conference! And a big shout out again to Pacific Alaska Wholesale - what a great partnership!

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Take 5 Minutes to Read About PCI & Security - It Could Save Your Business

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Feb 20, 2018 7:16:00 AM

Data Breaches, ID Theft, Credit Card Breaches - we hear this all the time in the news.  And this is the last thing you as an owner or manager want to experience for your business!

Please take time to read this!  It could save your business!

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NIMA Store Excited to Implement Their New Grocery System

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jan 25, 2018 10:08:03 AM

NIMA Store replaced  their grocery scanning system this year with the Aurora Alaska Tough Point of Sale system from Skurla's Point of Sale Solutions., and the manager, Clara Ivanoff, said she couldn't be happier.

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Save the Date for the Rural Small Business Conference

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jan 24, 2018 1:44:31 PM

It's the beginning of a new year - which means the Rural Small Business Conference is right around the corner.

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Convenience Store Retailers Cite Top Trends for 2018

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jan 24, 2018 1:32:44 PM

Insight Retail Software recently shared this article from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) about convenience store retailers' predictions for the Top Trends for 2018.


Here are some of the highlights:

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A Must Read for All Business Owners - How To Avoid Charge Backs

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jan 24, 2018 11:11:01 AM

If you accept credit cards in your business and want to avoid charge backs and/or reduce credit card fraud,  we strongly encourage you to read this article from TSYS, one of our favorite preferred credit card processors:

" Charge Backs, Why They Happen, How to Prevent Them"


See the list of the questions about charge backs answered in this article:

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