using a credit card readerAnyone that has worked in the realm of retail surely knows that Point of Sale (POS) systems and credit card reader use have been a hot target for attacks, hacks and other malevolent behavior. After all, the information gathered during the typical retail transaction consists of much more than just dollar amounts and SKU codes.

Today’s POS systems gather information about customers, derived from loyalty cards, as well as feed into other systems that analyze shopping patterns, store traffic and countless other pieces of data, much of which offers some value to data thieves looking to steal identities and further compromise systems. Yet, the biggest chink in the armor of data protection lies with the hunk of plastic that most shoppers carry with them: the all too ubiquitous credit card. [click to continue…]

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trophy with words of wisdomRecently, we got to know Dallas, TX and San Antonio, TX, the winners of the Modis 2016 Branch of the Year award. This week, we revisit these branches to learn valuable advice for job seekers and hiring managers alike. [click to continue…]

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add blockers increase the need for mobile appsThe latest research from Tune suggests that up to 70% of mobile users are either currently blocking ads or are interested in an app that will eliminate ads. Digital marketers are understandably worried, given that the same report predicts 80% of users will have an ad blocker installed on their devices by the end of 2017.

The use of ads allows a company to offer free content and services such as email, social media, cloud storage and more. When all ads are blocked, content and service offerings will be impacted. The end result: users paying for access to all websites and for many of the free services we currently take for granted.

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BLS Regional Jobs ReportState and regional unemployment was on par with national unemployment in April 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Regional Jobs Report for the month. The West, Northeast and South regions saw a notable decrease in unemployment rates compared with April 2015. While month-over-month unemployment rates were stable in forty-one states and the District of Columbia, five states saw a decrease and four states saw an increase in their unemployment rates.

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woman wearing virtual reality headsetAfter decades of fumbles and false starts waiting for the technology to catch up to our wildest imaginations, we no longer have to wait to immerse ourselves in a true, authentic virtual reality experience. With the first consumer headsets — the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive — now on the market, the next generation of VR has arrived. If you’re wondering which VR headset is right for you, here’s a breakdown of both devices and what they deliver. [click to continue…]

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hiring more employees and decreasing the unemployment ratesThe continued downward trend we’ve seen in unemployment rates across the country over the past year is encouraging news for job seekers, as ongoing growth and opportunities in U.S. job markets are helping people find more work. Things are looking up for the economy, and many regions are experiencing significant gains in job growth. In fact, January saw the national average for unemployment drop to 4.9 percent—the lowest it’s been since 2008. [click to continue…]

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