Ten things to do to protect your Point of Sale System from hackers

  1. Install and maintain a firewall
  2. Do not use vendor supplied passwords
  3. Encrypt the transmission of credit card data
  4. Upgrade your anti-virus software on a regular basis
  5. Ask your merchant bank for their PCI validation requirements
  6. Develop a policy manual that defines information security for all employees
  7. Restrict and maintain a log of anyone accessing credit card data
  8. Ask your Point of Sale software vendor to provide their latest PCI compliance certification
  9. Determine your software vendors plans for making their system EMV compatible required by the third quarter of 2105
  10. PCI DSS (SAQ) Self Assessment Questionnaire  is required if you process over 20,000 Visa transactions annually and recommended if you process under 20,000 – www.pcisecuritystandards.com