'Tis the Season for Gift Cards!

By Thomas Greenman | Oct 10, 2018 3:40:38 PM

The holidays are fast approaching, and your customers will be looking for gift cards to give to their family and friends – do you have enough to meet their demand? Typical turn around times takes around 2-4 weeks from time of order, but the closer it gets to the holidays, these lead times can double.

If you don’t take gift cards, keep reading below or click here to learn a few reasons on why you should!

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Understanding Your Risk - Use Strong Passwords and Change Default Ones

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Sep 12, 2018 1:02:50 PM

Over the next several months, we will be sharing the PCI Council's advice on How to Protect Your Business With These Security Basics.

This month's topic:  Use Strong Passwords and Change Default Ones

According to  the Council's Guide - About 80% of breaches involved guessed or stolen passwords!

Here is what they recommend:

CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS REGULARLY. Treat your passwords like a toothbrush. Don’t let anyone else use them and get new ones every three months.

SEEK HELP. Ask your vendors or service providers about default passwords and how to change them. Then do it!

For more information on managing passwords, click here.

MAKE THEM HARD TO GUESS. The most common passwords are “password” and “123456.” Hackers try easily-guessed passwords because they’re used by half of all people. A strong password has seven or more characters and a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols (like !@#$&*). A phrase can also be a strong password (and may be easier to remember), like “B1gMac&frieS.”

To see how fast it takes to crack a password, click here.

DON’T SHARE. Insist on each employee having their own login IDs and passwords – never share!

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Alaskan Restaurant and Retail Technology Trends - September 2018

By Thomas Greenman | Aug 22, 2018 12:16:02 PM

Once a year, we travel to the Lower 48 to a conference called RetailNOW.  We meet with point of sale companies just like Skurla’s and with the nation's leading vendors.  It’s an amazing event that helps us find out what the future holds for the hospitality/retail industries, but it also provides us with a wealth of information on how we can better serve you. This year’s event was in Nashville and for us Alaskan’s, 90+ degree days are way too hot. But the knowledge we bring back makes it all worth while.

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Understanding Your Risk - Exploring the PCI Council's Small Merchant Guide

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Aug 20, 2018 11:22:54 AM

“Small businesses are particularly at risk from the costs and opportunity loss associated with a data breach. Implementing the guidance published by the PCI SSC Small Merchant Taskforce will help a small business improve its data security practices and reduce the risk of data theft.“ - Michael Christodoulides, Barclaycard, PCI Small Merchant Taskforce Co-Chair

Security risks are everywhere these days - everyone up and down the chain is affected.  At Skurla's Point of Sale Solutions, we take security very seriously - and wanted to share some resources from the PCI Security Council.  

But first, here are some frightening data points shared by the PCI Security Council:   

  • 71% of hackers attack businesses with under 100 employees (Verizon 2012)
  • 60% of small businesses experienced a cyber breach (HM Government)
  • $20,752 is the average cost to small businesses due to hacking (NSBA)

If this scares you too, keep reading below to learn more about how to protect your business - 

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TLS Updates - Thank You!

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jun 28, 2018 8:29:30 AM

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the hard  work (and your patience) in the effort to get the TLS updates applied to your point of sale system and equipment. 

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Good to Know If You Use a Scanner At Your Store or Retail Outlet

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Dec 7, 2017 9:53:59 AM

If you use a scanner at your store, the State of Alaska has reminded us of the following:

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What is New and Trending with Point of Sale Systems

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Oct 26, 2017 2:30:52 PM

Runningrestaurants.com, along with their sister site, RestaurantReport.com, is dedicated to helping independent restaurants be more profitable and successful.   They recently interviewed Jordan Statt, VP of Business Development at MobileBytesabout what is new and trending with point of sale systems.

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Big Data - What is the Big Deal?

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | May 25, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Seem like we hear about Big Data everywhere these days.

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MICROS 3700 EMV Solutions

By Thomas Greenman | Feb 18, 2016 1:19:23 PM

We are pleased to announce that Oracle has opened up MICROS 3700 for EMV integration for third parties.  We have vetted and recommend the current solution provided by Elavon Payment Systems, Simplify, that offers an EMV solution for your MICROS System.

Elavon’s Simplify solution isa gateway processor very similar to the predominate Merchantlink solution most MICROS customers currently use.  Its secure gateway allows the use of EMV transactions as well as providing robust credit card security. 

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A breach can cost you money and customers.

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jul 25, 2013 12:18:00 AM

The PCI Security Council has a website for small business owners - https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/smb/

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Employment Opportunity

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jun 27, 2013 4:43:12 AM

Jump-Start Your Professional Career -

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MICROS webOrdering eS

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Mar 9, 2012 3:14:18 AM

MICROS Announces the Release of MICROS webOrdering eS - Call Skurla's POS Solutions @ 907-243-2683 for more information.

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