How You May be Encouraging Hackers and Fraudsters in Your POS System

Hacking and fraudsters are realities in modern business. Cases of cyber-crimes targeting Point of Sales systems are increasing each dawn. Entrepreneurs must always find ways of protecting their business data from becoming a target for the fraudsters. When hacking or a fraud happens in your organization, you not only suffer long-term losses but also your credibility and reputation become questionable.

As a result, you lose customers loyalty which means you have to embark on a new approach to gain their trust for the second time. Despite this, here are some of the ways you might be encouraging hackers and fraudsters in your POS system with or without your knowledge.

Using a public free Wi-Fi

Who does not like free things?  Or why should you pay for something if you have an option to get it at no cost? While free Wi-Fi is a good way to minimize your business costs, using it to operate your Point of Sales system is an opening door for fraudsters. The hackers will only need a way to check the number of people using the connection and for which purpose to reach your business information.

As such, they can send malware that will give them access to your database and steal all information they want. Even though you have access to free internet, you should establish a secure network for your business operations. Otherwise, hacking and data theft will be the typical scenes in your store.

Ignore password on your POS system account

Do you have a password for your phone? Certainly, the answer is yes. One reason for having a password is to deny access to your information by unauthorized persons. However, you can decide to ignore passwords in your selling points to enable everyone to operate them. While it’s a good idea, it is a way of allowing internal fraudsters to access your business data. As you know, no one employs angels. Some of your employees might be the masterminds behind hacking whenever an opportunity for that shows up.

Allow your employees to use your business computers for private browsing

You trust your employees. Why should you then deny them an opportunity to check their social media pages and emails when the customer flow is low? What a wrong advice! If you take such an action, you risk deadly phishing attacks. As such, you should never allow employees to use job computers for private affairs.