Choosing the correct point of sale system for your business can be a matter of ease or unease within. There are many factors that are typically considered with POS systems – cost, upkeep, features, limitations, and yet the most important factor is not listed in many other things to check out. We are talking about security. A secure software is essential in making sure that you have the utmost confidentiality in your data, sales, investment figures and the lot while making sure that every person accountable for the information that goes out of the device.
The first consideration is always to make sure that your POS system is compliant with government regulations and standards when it comes to credit cards. If you deal with credit cards, they should properly accept credit card transactions and keep the information as safe as possible without any room for breaches. Any business, including yours, that does not comply with standards may face several penalties that are back-breaking for small to medium industry businesses.
The next consideration is to make sure that your system has a viable anti-malware and anti-spyware technology while also allowing secure backups on a system outside of the POS itself. Technology changes and many businesses need to have a POS system that keeps updating its security protocols for the latest methods of data theft. In addition, adding anti-malware and anti-spyware keeps you safe from hackers and Trojans that can try to ransom your data or wipe off your information.
If you can, have the POS isolated from the rest of the system to make sure that there’s only a limited number of ways to take data in and data out. It should have an independent backup method and have its own secure network. Since many POS systems run using standard operating systems, they are as prone to hacking attempts as many desktop computers. Restrict access to payment data flows, daily sales reports, inventory changes and even visual access to valuable company information that can give insight on the company.
Finally, make sure that your point of sale system has a strong encryption, especially with regards to the electronic payments. If there is a separate encryption service, inquire on how much it will take. Making sure that nobody can take out your information without proper encryption keys keep accountability a major security fall back in the entirety of your business.