If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone, if you have ever connected to the internet you have probably heard of malware.  Malware is short for malicious software.  Criminals use malware to access your financial accounts and personal information.  With this information, they can steal your money and your identity, often racking up thousands of dollars of debt in your name.

To protect yourself, your money and your credit score, you need to be hyper vigilant.  Be wary of emails that ask you to provide passwords. Or emails that seem to be from friends, but have only a message such as “check out this cool website!” followed by a link.  Because business security is not perfect, even downloads from legitimate sites can sometimes have malware attached and anti-virus.

For business owners, protecting their POS software is important to keeping their information, and that of their customers, safe and confidential.  Even the largest retailers are subject to hackers.  When you purchase POS software, ensure you protect yourself from harmful malware with adequate malware protection.