Contagion: How to Prevent a POS Software Virus Outbreak

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that forty-seven contiguous states are experiencing a flu epidemic. According to the CDC, a host of factors has contributed to the influx of illness, the most demonstrative of which is a dearth of patients getting flu shots. This cause is followed closely by the panic engendered when a state of emergency is declared, thus resulting in a shortage of Tamiflu. Think humans are alone in our viral vulnerability? Think again. POS software systems are vulnerable to their own epidemics, and one to watch out for is dubbed Dexter (not to be confused with the serial killer psychopath of the same name), a relatively new piece of malware that targets POS software specifically.

Preventive, not offensive

One of the biggest mistakes we make is to only address a problem once it has occurred. This is equally applicable to H3N2 and POS software infections. Much like panicked citizens rushing to the pharmacy only after a family member has contracted an illness, restaurants and retailers recently experienced the wrath of POS software malware and only then decided to combat it by adopting safeguards and more secure POS software.

Don’t be caught off guard

The increasing volatility of global climate change has produced record low temperatures in California, record highs in Rio de Janeiro, and an epic Australian wildfire. According to some scientists, the precarious nature of the weather worldwide has contributed to an earlier influenza season. While the seasonal flu usually peaks in February, analysts say the 2012-13 epidemic has hit its tipping point and is already starting to wane.

POS software users should take the necessary steps to assure that they too are not caught unaware.

These include:

  • Seeking out POS software bundles that are isolated from other networks.
  • Ensuring that their software speeds up the customer service process and comes engineered to work with hardware that cannot easily be infected with more traditional malware.
  • Finding intuitive POS software that encrypts all information (so if there is a virus attack, all the hacker will obtain is useless data).
  •  Safeguarding sensitive data through PCI compliance.


You wouldn’t knowingly expose yourself or your children to a virus outbreak if you knew there were some pre-emptive methods for fighting it, would you? Why would you behave any differently with your business? Taking the appropriate preventative measures to fight POS software pandemics will save time, money, and client relationships a hundred times over in the long run.