I hate writing this but I feel like I need to help spread the word. After all, I’m here for you, biz owners and users in general. In the past few weeks, I’ve had both happen to me: scamming and hacking. This is bullsh*t. I work hard for my living, but there are those that don’t. And I read a recent article that said that scamming is high right now because scammers know that everyone has received their tax return by now. They know that it’s easier for people to pay this because they have money right now.
First, SCAMMING. Have you received an email about “Domain Registration SEO?” If you own a web domain (like www.MySite.com) then you’ve received this email. It’s a SCAM, don’t pay it. I’ve received it numerous times, so have a few of my clients. See this screenshot:
A couple of quick things:
- The email address is “firstname.lastname@example.org,” the name on it is “Domain Registration SEO.” Just there to scare you. That’s why it’s important to register your email with your domain. That builds trust. This does not. SCAM!
- And that “eburg.org” website isn’t setup. What business doesn’t have a website? SCAM!
- There’s no phone number!
Or have you received a vague email from a “customer” about a payment or returned payment? I had another client where a customer emailed and said they were overcharged. They provided no phone number and sent an attachment to review and sent them to a fraudulent website. These people are everywhere. Keep your eyes open!
FINAL THOUGHT on scamming: Do 30 seconds of research to find out if it’s real or not. Check the email, does it match? Check the phone number. If it’s there, call it and don’t give any information other than the account number they provide and let them tell you all your info.
The second is HACKING. One of my other clients sites got hacked recently. While we’re not entirely sure where breach came from, we know that it was very recent. Luckily we caught it early and were able to remediate it quickly.
I recently designed a logo for a device security company and they told me that, on average, a home network gets pinged by a hacker 1-2 times a week. Don’t let this scare you, but it’s all automated. There’s not a guy wearing a mask in a van down the street trying to hack you. They set up a program to run through IPs, see if there’s a hole to enter and start guessing passwords.
FINAL THOUGHT on hacking: It’s important to keep your passwords difficult to guess. Use any security software you can to help keep your computer secure. Don’t click or download attachments you don’t know. Could seem harmless, but they are working in the background.
If you have any questions about something you have received, holler at me.