Considering how common it is for data to be stolen, especially around the holidays, companies need to integrate powerful point-of-sale credit card processing technology into their business strategies. They then must be upfront with customers on how to keep data safe.

According to Gemalto's Breach Level Index 2014 Report, North America was the most likely to face data breaches, accounting for just over 1,500 worldwide. Initially, that may not seem like much. However, what if we told you these breaches led to the compromise of more than one billion data records, which is up 46 percent since 2013? Now, that seems like a bit more, doesn't it?

"Crimes against the financial sector and identity theft are among the largest challenges facing consumers and businesses today," said Todd Laster, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Buffalo Field Office.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul went onto say that criminals, not just consumers, find this time of the year to be particularly giving.

"In this season of giving, too many criminals are looking to take your credit card and other personal information," said Hochul. "All year long but in particular at this time of year both shoppers and retailers need to be cautious."

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