Online security basics for small business websites

By Nathan Segal, CIO |  Security, antimalware, antivirus

Whatever you do, don't click on the link-it means your contact's account has been hacked. If you do, you'll see a popup showing you that your profile image has changed. It will also download the virus, also known as ransomware, to your computer. Among other things, it will lock you out of your computer, demand a $200 ransom, turn your machine into a "bot" and steal your passwords. It might even install a keylogger. If your machine becomes infected, here are instructions for removing the Skype virus.

Avoid Check Overpayment Scams

This particular type of scam targets people selling an item online. The scammer, typically a con artist from another country or location otherwise remote to you, poses as a buyer and offers to pay with a cashier's check, money order, personal check or corporate check. You'll also hear a story about how it will cost a lot of money to ship the item, or that there will be extra fees involved for customs, and as a result the check will be considerably more than your asking price.

Sounds good, right? In addition, you'll be told that this is a time-sensitive issue and that you need to send the item as soon as possible. That's the red flag. If you receive a check or money order, it will almost certainly bounce. If you send the item before the check has cleared, you've lost your merchandise-and you're on the hook for bank fees and shipping charges.

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In another variation of this scam, the scammer asks you to wire back the difference in price after you've shipped the item. Again, if you ship the item before the check has cleared, the check will almost certainly bounce, and you'll be on the hook for the loss of your merchandise, the bank fees, shipping charges and the difference in price.

If you're selling something online and someone contact you with the above proposition, end the transaction immediately, especially if they ask you to wire back funds.

Protect Digital Assets From Online Theft

As an online retailer, you need to take numerous steps to ensure that your digital assets are protected.


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