Security Alert: Microsoft XP End of Life

     Credit card fraud and identity theft have become serious threats to credit card companies, merchants and consumers.  To combat these losses the credit card companies have implemented new and strict security requirements.  These include the Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).  Failure to adhere to these policies and programs can subject your business, as a credit card processor, to fines, increased rates and charge backs. More information on this subject can be found at the PCI website at https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org.

     As you may have heard, Microsoft is ending support of their XP operating system on April 8, 2014. What this means is that security updates and technical support from Microsoft will no longer be available for computers and POS terminals running Windows XP.  The lack of software patches for Windows XP can expose your system to exploits and malware made by hackers and will make your POS system non PCI compliant under Requirement 6 of the PCI DSS standard.

     Computers and POS terminals running Windows XP after April 8, 2014 should not be considered to be protected. This does not mean that on April 9th your POS system will have problems, but to keep your POS system secure it is important that you migrate to an operating system that meets PCI standards.

     To meet the standards required by PCI, we recommend that you contact your salesperson as soon as possible to obtain a quote to migrate to a supported operating system.   If you are unsure whether your systems uses XP or who your current salesperson is, please email us at Sales@rcs-usa.com or contact us at 800-767-2212.


Matt Levy
Support Manager


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