Data Merchants Targeted By Criminals

Data Merchants Targeted By Criminals

If you are an online merchant then you know by now there are numerous security threats and data breaches that one must be worried about in order to be sure you are in compliance.

According to Verizon Enterprise Solutions, 24% of the over 600 breaches – these include malicious software and malware, hacking, and unauthorized access using user name and password – affected retail merchants and restaurants. Financial organizations were the most targeted overall due to a large usage of ATMs. If you use your ATM, be very careful where and how you use it. Criminals typically use software installed into the card reader of an ATM that reads and stores your card information.

Store Point of Sale or POST terminals are also a major target for criminals by hacking into wireless networks. Basically, anything with an IP address can be a target.

Overall, having a secure ecommerce operation is critical if your business relies on online sales solemnly. You must take the critical steps to ensure you have a multi layer of security measures in place. Ensure your login prompts are secure by requiring another set of security questions after the login prompt or even asking a series of questions that only the account holder will know.