When you rely so much on your retail POS system for your small business, it’s absolutely imperative that you do everything in your power to keep that system safe! Regardless of whether you’re dealing with a restaurant POS system, mobile POS terminals, or any other type of retail POS software, these tips will help you keep your POS equipment and software safe:
- Pick tricky passwords. Keeping your passwords diverse and hard to guess is probably the easiest way to keep your POS software safe from cyberhackers. It’s a good idea to have different passwords for each different account user, especially if multiple employees are accessing the same system, and make sure not to pick the same easy password for every single program.
- Keep sensitive information out of the Admin account. This seems counter-intuitive, since common sense tells you to store your most important information in a protected account. But in reality, if a hacker does get into your computer system, the very first account they’ll look for is the Administrator account. Instead, keep important data under a separate account with a nondescript account name.
- Make sure the hardware is up-to-date. One of the easiest ways for a retail POS system data breach to occur is if the software and hardware haven’t been updated in a while. Older systems won’t have adequate firewalls and malware protection from newer viruses. Old equipment in particular could just bog down your entire retail POS system and make it difficult to detect whether a virus is affecting the software, or whether the program is just running slowly.
Your retail POS system is incredibly important for your business — and it’s a pretty big investment, so it’s just as important to make sure that you protect this system! We’d love to hear your input on the matter — do you have any other good tips for increasing POS security?