4 Ways Business Owners Can Protect their Companies (And Customers) this Holiday Season

December 19, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

With the holiday season among us, many business owners are enjoying the biggest sales period of the year. The holiday shopping season mostly kicks off with Black Friday, but now people are finalizing gift lists and scrambling to get everything in time.

It’s as crucial of time as any for business owners, especially to keep an eye on their business and make sure they don’t fall victim to any shopping scams such as with fake ids or counterfeit money.

Here are, in my opinion, are 4 ways that business owners can protect themselves and their customers from any scams during this and any other shopping seasons.

1 – The first choice for this list is Kasperskys business security protection- http://usa.kaspersky.com/business-security/demos?sourceID=we While this may seem like an obvious idea, there have been a number of security links over the past couple of years. Even big companies aren’t immune to this, which is evident with Sony being hacked: Sony Hack: A Timeline, So Far and when the Apple iCloud Program  got hacked: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-icloud-hack-china/ – among others. In general it pays to keep online businesses secure.

2- Coming in second is SentrySafes – X055 Security Safe- http://www.amazon.com/SentrySafe-X055-Security-Cubic-Black/dp/B000Z8P5Z2/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1418695522&sr=1-1 which is a high quality safe that comes with an electronic keypad and a strong frame with pry resistant construction to keep valuable documents and items safe from theft.

3) At number three comes Swinglines Stack and Shred- 100X Hand Free Shredder- http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/287394/Swingline-Stack-and-Shred-100X-Hands/ A lot of businesses deal with tons of documents and among those can be many that are confidential, whether it’s plans relating to the company or papers that have clients confidential information on it. With items such as the 100X you can shred over 100 papers in a matter of seconds. It also works to shred pages into 0.25″ by 1.8″ pieces to assure that the material is being thoroughly shredded. It also features a 7 gallon wastebasket making it easy to recycle the material when the basket is full.

4) Rounding off the list is Cassida’s 5520 Currency Counter/Counterfeit Detector – http://www.itestcash.com/products/cassida-5520-currency-counter-counterfeit-detector It is a unique product as it can both detect counterfeit money with both Ultraviolet and Magnetic detection depending on the model being used. At the same time it can also count money at fast speeds of up to 1,300 bills per minute. This can be an ideal product for businesses that deal with lots of money whether it is financial institutions, retail stores, grocery stores and other types of businesses that routinely deal with cash.

I hope this list can give some ideas to business owners out there and help protect not only your business, but us consumers too, throughout the holiday shopping season and the coming new year.