Kiosk Security: Are You Prepared?

These days self-serve kiosks can be found almost anywhere. With more advancements than we can even keep up with, kiosks are being used more and more for a wide range of purposes. From something as complex as operating smart cities to something as simple as ordering food, kiosks can do it all.

Now that more kiosks are being deployed around the world, there is an even greater risk for hacking. As kiosks are often unattended and physically accessible to hackers, it’s important that you make sure your kiosks are as secure as they can be.

Here are some tips to ensure your kiosk stays secure.

1) Get on a private network. This is perhaps the most important tip of them all. That is because running on a public network can bring a slew of vulnerabilities to your kiosk. A public network makes it easy for hackers to access your kiosk. So how do you get on a private network? One of the easiest ways is to get managed connectivity for your kiosk. This not only gets you on a secure, private network, but also comes with a lot of other benefits like data monitoring and customer support.  

2) Rethink your password strategy. Creating a strong password can be essential in protecting your kiosk from a hacker. This article by cybersecurity expert, Dale Meredith, details how to set a strong password. Click here to read more.

3) Make sure you’re running on the latest version of your operating system. Security patches are important when it comes to protecting your kiosk and some of the latest operating systems like Windows 10, auto update patches so that your kiosk is always running with the latest security.

More than anything, you should be proactive when it comes to the security of your kiosk. It’s better to think through your kiosk security before deploying it rather than having to react to a security hack after it has already happened.

All of the actions above can help you take control of securing your kiosk, which means one less thing for you to worry about. For more information on how OptConnect can help you run on a secure, private network, please visit http://www.optconnect.com/Solutions/OptConnect-Solutions-Kiosk.  

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