'Tis the Season for Gift Cards!

By Thomas Greenman | Oct 10, 2018 3:57:25 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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Thomas is Attending the Alaska CHARR Convention This Week

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Sep 24, 2018 2:06:59 PM

Thomas is in Sitka, Alaska this week, attending the Annual CHARR Convention. (For those of you that aren't familiar with this organization, it is the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association - a non-profit corporation, dedicated to serving the needs of the hospitality industry in the state of Alaska.)

Here is a preview of one of the featured speakers:

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Understanding Your Risk - Use Strong Passwords and Change Default Ones

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Sep 12, 2018 1:08:31 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 1:41:07 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 11:49:14 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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New Features (Including Scheduling & Clock-in Messages) Available in MobileBytes Point of Sale Version 3.29

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Aug 17, 2018 12:34:54 PM

This version is compatible with MB Point of Sale versions greater than 3.0 and can be installed at any time. It contains the following features and fixes: 

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New Features Now Available in MobileBytes Point of Sale Version 3.28

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jul 30, 2018 4:11:59 PM

This version is compatible with MB Point of Sale versions greater than 3.0 and can be installed at any time. It contains the following features and fixes: 

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Why You Need A Password Manager

By Thomas Greenman | Jul 19, 2018 7:36:40 AM

If you are like most folks, you have a handful of passwords that you reuse for all your online accounts. You may change a number or two when it’s expired, for example: Password1 gets changed to Password2, and so on. It’s very likely that some family and friends know some of your passwords too, like your WIFI and Netflix password. In a world full of hackers and breaches, you really are making their job all too easy.

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New Tip Out Feature - Available in MobileBytes Version 3.27

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jul 16, 2018 9:27:18 AM

Tip Outs Features Now Available in MB POS version 3.27.  

The Tip Out feature allows a percentage of a staff member’s net sales, gross sales or tips to be allocated directly to another staff member or to a group pool. You can configure tip out types to be either suggested or automatic.

Suggested tip outs will appear on the server checkout with the suggested dollar amount that should be tipped out to each tip out type that has been configured. Automatic tip out types will appear on the server checkout and automatically deduct the total tip out from the total tips that are due to that staff member.  Read below for information on how to set up Tip Outs for your restaurant.

(As always, check with the Department of Labor for regulations and requirements.)

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MobileBytes Loyalty Program

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jul 2, 2018 2:29:02 PM

Restaurants using a loyalty program can enhance customer satisfaction and receive more repeat business. Offer your merchants a way to attract and engage customers by enabling loyalty through MobileBytes POS.

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