Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Keeping the Holidays Free From Fraud: Tips for Your Business

If you are a small business owner, read on.

This morning a friend of mine who owns a small business shared a BizAhead article with me, written by Laura Buck. Here is a bullet list of the tips she offers for keeping your small business safe from fraudsters this holiday season:

  • Encrypt payment information with end-to-end encryption
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious sales, such as unusually large orders without any contact from the customer or rush orders for pricey goods
  • Watch and educate your employees - train them in not clicking that link, and then test them, re-test them, and test them again
  • Be observant - keep an eye out for credit card skimmers
  • Be sure to shred sensitive information - don't take short-cuts because it's the holiday season
  • Keep your wallet and credit cards close by - the other day while I was shopping, a woman left her purse in the top of her grocery cart and walked away just long for someone to grab it; no one did, but it would have been sooooo easy
  • Be vigilant about security and safety
  • Protect your passwords, pass phrases and PINs

For the full article, see Keeping the Holidays Free From Fraud: Tips for Your Business. The holiday season is prime fraud and scam time. Stay alert and question anything out of the ordinary or unexpected.

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