Last week, a Russian hacker claimed that he stole almost 6.5 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords (without the usernames). This goes to show how delicate online security can be. If a publicly-traded social network like LinkedIn can be compromised, how secure is your website? And more importantly, how secure are the online payments you receive for donations and registrations?
For your LinkedIn account, I recommend changing your password just to be safe:
- Click on your username in the top right of the homepage
- Click on “Settings”
- Click on “Password Change”
But this story brings up a more important issue for community organizations (P&R, non-profits, campus rec departments, etc.). Do you offer online registration and payment processing, and receive online donations? Credit card numbers are much more important than LinkedIn passwords. Every organization that deals with credit card information online needs to be PCI compliant. Understand how secure your payment processing system is below:
What is the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)?
Providers of payment processing solutions need to meet certain requirements that are determined and enforced by an independent global forum called the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standard Council. Due to these strict regulations, the level of security from hosted technology providers is robust with firewalls, unique system passwords, data encryption, and regular testing.
There are four levels of PCI compliance that each have different regulations based on the number of transactions processed by the provider:
Internet security will become even more important as online transactions will continue to increase. Is your payment processor securing the safety of your customers’ credit card information? How secure is your payment processing?
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