8 Ways to Protect Your ATM -Tuesday, November 4, 2014
- SSL Encryption
SSL or "Secure Socket Encryption" provides your ATM with a means of authentication when communicating with your host. It also provides encryption while the ATM and host are communicating, as long as the terminal is communicating via TCP/IP.
The alternative would be to connect your ATM through a basic phone line, which works just fine if you have no other option,however, it doesn't encrypt the data and can therefore leave you and your customers at risk.
The solution? Use a TCP/IP connection that is configured with SSL encryption. This connection option comes standard with SE model machines. However if you have a legacy terminal (i.e. Triton 9100, NH 1500) there is still hope. You can purchase a device that enables your machine to connect via TCP/IP even though your machine doesn't have that option. Click here for more details.
The most common physical barriers used by business owners to protect their property are also an effective method of shielding your outdoor terminals.
Most Bbollards are large cement spheres or posts that are anchored to the surrounding ground. Many of which can also be designed as light fixtures or even planters to accommodate the locations overall design theme. Companies like Target and Best Buy are known for using bollards.
Otherwise known and surveillance video, closed circuit television monitoring is the most effective deterrent you could have in your arsenal. Video surveillance also allows you to monitor your machine from a distance through remote monitors and even advanced smartphone applications. Surveillance cameras provide both you and your customers with a sense of security.
- Level 1 Safes
Cause heartache and frustration for criminals by upgrading your machines to a level one safe. These safes can increase it's overall weight up to 600lbs. Sure to dismantle any drilling, sawing and smash & grab attempt.
- Skimmer Checks
Skimmers generally consist of two components: the skimmer and a camera. Take time to check your card reader and look around for any potentially hidden cameras that have a clear line of site to the keypad.
- Default Passwords
This includes both your master passwords and combination. Currently, most machines will display an error code if the master password is left at default. However, this doesn't mean that your password isn't easily discoverable. Avoid using sequential and repetitive numbers. If you find that your safe combination has been left at default, contact your service provider for instructions, and NEVER give out your combination.
ATM alarms are on the rise. The ability to detect prying, banging, tilting and even heat sources such as torches have become common features on most alarms. Bullhorn alarms, are especially effective against attacks. These alarms require key-shut off to disarm them, keeping two 120 decibel speakers blaring no matter where criminals try to hide your machine.
- High Security Locks
Common methods of breaking into a machine are simply drilling a common lock. High end security locks such as the Cencon lock prevent drilling attempts with a series of complicated inner mechanics and digital access codes.