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Ransomware...Don’t Let It Cost You Money You Don’t Have.

Posted by Heather Leekins on May 17, 2017 1:19:09 PM

Last Friday, a huge ransomware attack began in Europe, Japan, China and is still lingering. The WannaCry software has locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. Users are confronted with  a screen demanding payment in order to restore their files.

 Ransomware is a very fast growing and threatening type of malware attack. Everyone is a target, no matter how large or small your company is. Large companies like Target, T.J. Maxx, and Home Depot, have been attacked and had their customer data compromised. But what about smaller businesses? 1 in 5 small businesses hit by a ransomware attack are forced to close their doors. They just aren't able to afford the payment demands and have lost years of company data.

Download! 7 Tips to Defeat Ransomware

Luckily, Friday's the attack was thwarted before it could hit every state in the U.S., but it's not over.  The attackers will realize how they were stopped, they’ll change the code, and start again. Your POS software and firewall updates are urgent right now.  Your POS solutions provider can make these updates. There are solutions available to help you safeguard your POS system and your biusiness. The cost to protect yourself from a threat can be far lower than the cost in time & money of losing your data, and not being able to serve your customers or potentially having to rebuild your IT infrastructure.  Download our "7 Tips to Defeat Ransomware" for additional information.  Just one tip could save your business. 


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Topics: POS Security, Industry Information

Mastercard Is Changing Their Numbers, It Will Impact Your Business.

Posted by Heather Leekins on May 10, 2017 1:27:11 PM

All merchant POS (Point of Sale) terminals, credit card processing systems, webpage checkout software, and anywhere a Mastercard card number is accepted or housed, must be 2-series ready by June 2017.

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Topics: Industry Information