Understanding Your Risk - Use Anti-Virus Software


Here is the next in the series from the PCI Council's -  How to Protect Your Business With These Security Basics.

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.  

This month's topic:  Understanding Your Risk - Use Anti-Virus Software (also referred to as anti-malware)

Remember the quote from the PCI Council:  Hackers = Criminals

And to add on to this: 

Hackers write viruses and other malicious code to exploit software features and coding mistakes, so they can break into your systems and steal card data.



Here is a list of recommendations from the Council:

INSTALL ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE TO PROTECT YOUR PAYMENT SYSTEM:   It is easy to install and can be obtained from your local office supply shop or IT retailer.

SET THE SOFTWARE TO “AUTOMATIC UPDATE”:   So that you always get the most recent protection available.*

GET ADVICE:   Ask your IT retailer about products they recommend for anti-virus/anti-malware protection.

RUN PERIODIC SCANS:   Regularly run full system scans, since your systems may have been infected by new malware that was released.

*Check with your IT provider to make sure this will not interfere with any software operations.

Click here to download your copy of the guide.

For more information on this topic or other point of sale and payment concerns, call us at 907-243-2683.  Or fill out the form below and one of our representatives will contact you.

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About The Author

Lynn grew up in the point of sale and cash register industry working in the family business – and is now at the helm of Skurla's POS Solutions. She enjoys working with local Alaskan businesses, especially restaurants, grocery stores, and retail operations - helping them control costs and increase revenues through well managed point of sale solutions. Besides running the company, Lynn has also served on the Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Board, for the Retail Solutions Provider Association. In her spare time, she loves cooking, camping and volunteering with organizations that are passionate about helping children.