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Be Choosy When Choosing A PIN

July 30th, 2014

By Matt Atkinson Starting Friday, credit card users in Australia will no longer be able to use a signature to verify their transactions. Despite the fact that many may find this change long overdue, it’s still a good step toward improving payment security and goes hand-in-hand with EMV (chip) card technology. What is slightly troubling,… Read more ›

Security Is A Team Effort

June 19th, 2014

By Ken Caballero Taking steps to protect yourself online can protect your family and friends too. Cybercriminals will often use information gleaned in attacks to create new and more targeted efforts against your known contacts. Family and friends are more liable to trust us than others.  If your account details are compromised and used to… Read more ›

Get Your Business On The Front Foot: Be Proactive in Security

June 17th, 2014

By Adrian Pearce  Too often, discussions around IT security focus on being defensive. The prevailing mindset is that by putting certain measures in place, you can comfortably sit back behind the walls of a virtual ‘castle’, and any attackers will simply go away. But the reality is that attackers never just go away. They come… Read more ›

Kiwis Rightly Concerned Over Card Fraud

June 15th, 2014

By Bill Farmer Several recent studies, reports, and data releases have made a stark case for the creation of strong data breach disclosure laws in New Zealand. There is a real concern amongst Kiwis about the security of their personal information with other parties, and in particular, how their payment card data is protected. Local… Read more ›

A Look at Card Fraud in Australia

May 13th, 2014

By Adrian Pearce Following Mako’s recent announcement of our new agreement with Telstra, I thought it might be useful to take a closer look at the security landscape in Australia, some recent fraud trends, and overall take a deeper dive to see what the current market conditions are like. Like many western nations, Australia supports… Read more ›

Statement on Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability

April 12th, 2014

Mako Networks is aware of the widespread ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability in OpenSSL, an open source software suite that is widely used to encrypt web communications. Mako has conducted a thorough analysis of its own systems and the security of our customers, and has patched and updated all potential vulnerabilities. As a precaution, we recommend all Mako customers update their passwords,… Read more ›

Who’s Really PCI-Compliant?

January 24th, 2014

One of the significant barriers for merchants in meeting the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is the inherent complexity in addressing more than 200 technical and procedural criteria. For the average small business owner, the compliance process can quickly spiral into a complex and confusing exercise. But it can be equally confusing… Read more ›

Boxing Day Blackouts Demonstrate Need for Non-Stop Retail

January 8th, 2014

As we wrote here in the Mako Newsroom in early December, the shopping boom around Christmastime was a major boon for retailers and businesses. But one example from just after Christmas stuck out amongst the news stories of increased shopper activity this year. Retailers at a shopping mall near Wellington in New Zealand were beset… Read more ›

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips from Mako Networks

December 18th, 2013

This is the time of year for big retail business – both for merchants, and for cybercriminals and fraudsters. As more people pull out their plastic to shop during the next few weeks, studies have shown card fraud spikes by nearly 20 percent Thankfully, most consumers are well protected from the out-of-pocket cost of card… Read more ›