Chapter 4: Keeping You and Your Business Secure Online

In This Chapter

  • Fighting spam and scams
  • Choosing a good secret question and password
  • Reporting hijacked accounts to eBay

Online security is something everybody worries about, but few people do anything about it. When people's accounts are hacked, they whine and moan about online security, but they don't give a moment's thought as to why using a user ID as a password (tell me you didn't do that) wasn't the best choice.

Even if you avoid such classic blunders, you have to keep your wits about you online. Sad to say, some people out there are trying to dupe you; it's time to take charge of our own security and fight back in the best ways we can. Some scams pretend to be from eBay, PayPal, Citibank, and others — and try to bilk you out of your personal information. I show you a fairly foolproof way to recognize those. I also show you how spammers get your e-mail address. Even if you never give it out, they have ways of getting it from you. In this chapter, I hope to teach you how to be a little more savvy about which e-mails you open — and how to fight back.

Staying Away from Spam

Every morning when I get to my computer, I have to allow about five minutes to clear the spam out of my e-mail. It used to take up to half an hour, considering that I turn on my computer and am greeted by close to 200 e-mails every day. Read on to see how I've cut my spam-scanning time!

Spam has become so sneaky. Everyone is scurrying to get the latest ...

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