As an owner or operators of POS system you should be held responsible on maintaining the device security. You must have the best practices to avoid any unauthorized access. Below are additional tips and guidelines on how to strengthen your security.
Use Strong and Secure Passwords
Most of the time, POS systems are provided with default passwords during the installation process. It is important that you change these passwords because cyber criminals can easily track them. Changing password should be done regularly and try to use a unique account name and complex passwords.
Install a Firewall
Firewall should be used to protect POS system from outside attacks. It can prevent any suspicious access to or from private networks. It can eliminate traffic from hackers, viruses, worms or other types of malware that can trigger the safety of your POS system.
Update Your POS Software Applications
Always check if your POS software applications are using the recent version and be updated all the time. POS systems works like your computer that can be affected by any malware attacks. Therefore you need to download and install updates.
Use a Trusted Antivirus
Choose an antivirus that works well on your POS software so it can function properly. Its role is to keep your system clean of malware and viruses.
Limit Internet Access
Limit the access of your POS system computers or terminals to avoid users from accidentally exposing the POS system to security threats in the internet. Only use your POS system on POS related activities and not for surfing the internet.
Disallow Remote Access
Remote access allows a user to log into a system as an authorized user without being physically present. Cyber Criminals can exploit remote access configurations on POS systems to gain access to these networks. To prevent unauthorized access, it is important to disallow remote access to the POS network at all times.