Your POS system could be the last thing standing between hackers and personal customer information.

You could be one point of sale transaction away from having your identity stolen, and that’s a scary thought. Thinking about someone having access to your personal information such as credit cards, your social security number or home address is unsettling, but it doesn’t have to be a reality.

Identity theft can be damaging to the credit you have built and to your name. Keep these five tips in mind to prevent identity theft the next time you swipe your card or leave your wallet unattended.

  • Be careful of who you give out personal information to: Never give any personal information out over the phone or in a public place.
  • Be aware of where you are shopping: Recent data security breaches highlight the increasing number of steps it takes to protect customers against hackers. Be sure you know where you are shopping and who really has access and control of your information.
  • Never give out your social security number or write it down: Your social security number shouldn’t be written down anywhere or given to just anyone. Keep it in a safe place and only give it out when absolutely necessary.
  • Pay attention to bills and bill cycles: Know when your bills are supposed to arrive and about how much they usually are. If something seems amiss, contact your credit card or bill provider.
  • Shred all important documents before throwing them away: Never throw away personal information documents without first destroying or shredding them.

Investing in a reputable point of sale and inventory system or point of sale software for retailers could be the difference between customer security and a customer security breach. Keep customer loyalty investment and return high with Visual Retail Plus. Visit our website for more information.