Black Friday a bust for many retailers

Black Friday a bust for many retailers

Early holiday promotions and rising online shopping took a toll on in-store U.S. sales during the Thanksgiving weekend as shoppers on average spent 6.4 percent less than they did a year earlier, according to data released Sunday by an industry group. The National Retail Federation estimated shoppers on average spent $380.95 at stores this holiday […]

Five ways to protect self from data breaches

More breaches are likely

Five ways to protect self from data breaches

Data breaches at retailers aren’t going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped at its stores. Target, Michaels and […]

Beware retailers: Hackers are lurking

Earlier this month, United Parcel Service said it found infected computers in 51 stores

Beware retailers: Hackers are lurking

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for software known as “Backoff,” discovered last October. It previously explained in detail […]