An Outdated Browser is a Potential Security Risk

March 13, 2015

Banking, payment card information and other data on your system warrant protection and a good place to start is with your web browser.

A browser is a software application, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari, that lets you view and interact with content on a web page. Browser plug-ins, also called add-ons, are applications that extend the functionality of browsers and are required to view certain content. These include Flash Player, Java, Acrobat Reader and others. Mobile devices also use browsers and plug-ins.

Hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in browsers and plug-ins that can be exploited. So while the financial information you’ve entrusted to the payment processor may be secure, other information on your system may be at risk. Here are a few basic precautions you can take:

  • Keep your browser(s) updated and patched, and set to auto update
  • Keep your operating system updated and patched
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software and keep them updated, and
  • Keep applications and plug-ins updated and patched

Your payment processor should have multiple layers of protection to govern the safe transmission, processing and storage of all banking and payment card information. As a result, there is then no need for your organization to retain banking and payment card information anywhere on its own computers, thus eliminating that security risk.

Contributed by Vanco Payment Solutions. Through the Michigan Chamber’s partnership with Vanco, you have the opportunity to accept credit, debit and other electronically based transactions at just 0.2% above cost. Email Vanco Payment Solutions or call them at 866-944-0055 to learn more.