Windows XP

Microsoft Support Lifecycle

Security Alert for Future POS Users Regarding Credit Card Processing and PCI Compliance

March 17, 2014

Dear Management

As indicated on Microsoft’s website, after April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system. To read more visit, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx.

Restaurant operators and retailers with POS systems or other payment systems running on Windows XP after this date will no longer be Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant. The PCI DSS Requirements are detailed in Section 6 of their document which can be reviewed at www.pcisecuritystandards.org.

Future POS customers should contact their dealer to learn how their systems can be upgraded to a new version of Microsoft’s operating system to ensure they remain compliant with the PCI requirements. Future POS Version 5 is officially validated to run on Microsoft Windows 8.

Future POS customers using Future POS Version 4.1 after April 8, 2014 are no longer PCI compliant and should contact their dealer to learn how their systems can be upgraded. Keep in mind that in addition to using compliant software, your restaurant is required to meet other regulations.

With the latest news about retailers and restaurants operators who have been breached exposing their customer’s credit card information, now is the time to make sure your system is as secure as possible.  Keeping it compliant with the right software is a critical part of that security requirement.

Contact us today!  Do not risk your customer’s private credit card data by using non-compliant solutions.  Users who remain on Windows XP and/or Future POS Version 4.1 will not be supported by Future POS.  Please plan to upgrade your systems and meet all the requirements for protecting your customers and their personal credit card information.

Sincerely,

Apex Solutions

Authorized Future POS Dealer