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WHY & HOW SPAMBOTS TARGET YOUR WEBSITE
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In today’s competitive world, it’s important for business owners to have an online presence. Websites not only help you reach a larger audience, but can also help you stay connected with loyal customers. They can also, unfortunately, draw the attention of unwanted spectators: spambots.

WHAT ARE SPAMBOTS?

Spambots are programs, created by unethical people, that obtain email addresses from your website. The coding of email addresses makes them easy to uncover. Those creating spambots may also create accounts or leave comments that contain links to obtain email addresses. This helps aid their own search engine optimization (SEO). They also use the emails obtained to send junk mail with fraudulent material, creating spam mail in users’ emails and in all their contacts' emails as well. Spambots often target social media websites, chat rooms, forums, blogs, or any website that may ask for an email.

HOW DO SPAMBOTS NEGATIVELY AFFECT MY WEBSITE?

There are many ways spambots affect the productivity of your website. From a service perspective, these intruders put your current and potential clients at risk for receiving viruses, if they are sent tainted links. Users of your website are also at risk of having information stolen. Not only does it affect those who use your website, but it can affect the accuracy of the statistical data collected on your website. When Spambots hit your website, they create false impressions which can be hard to decipher from actual user sessions. In addition to security issues, spambots many also overload or slow your server.
This may increase your bounce rates and lower your Google rankings.

HOW CAN I PREVENT SPAMBOTS?

Despite their intrusive nature, spambots can be tackled with simple precautions.
One solution – make email addresses unrecognizable to robots. Simply remove the “@” or make email addresses invalid with random text on your website. This makes email addresses hard to recover without human correction.
Example: hmZf#lt39! at gmail dot com.

The most obvious way to protect your website against malicious attacks is to frequently review your website analytics and run diagnostic reports. [We do this constantly]. If spambots are detected, your webmaster can block them via .htaccess or through a plugin. You can also filter them in analytics. It’s important to have some form of website maintenance plan in place to ensure your online presence is protected, as well as those visiting your website.

How BizHub Protects Your IP
(Intellectual Property) and Ours.

How YOU Can Protect Your IP.

● Never use your name, address, date of birth, or those of any family members to make up your email or password. Use random letters and numbers, as in the example above.

● Never use the same password twice (Get a Password Manager program to store all your passwords in so you don't have to remember them all). Click Here to see a list of the 10 best Password Managers. Choose one, or find your own.

● To strengthen your passwords, use a combination of upper and lower case letters (eg: dXqwRT); random numbers (never in sequence: use, for example, 839502 instead of 1234 or 4444 or 5678); and symbols (eg: % $ # * ! @ /). Mix them up!

● The longer the better (although some sites limit you to a set number of characters, eg: 15).

● A tip I got years ago, to make my passwords unhackable, is to add .co.za at the end of every password. And it works!
Example: 43HnzDT#58!oG.co.za. This is probably the most valuable tip I can give you, so please use it!

● Change your passwords every now and then.

● Download the Google Authenticator, Authy and Authenticator apps to your phone and add "2FA" (2 Factor Authentication) to all your sensitive data (eg: when you login to an account), wherever possible.

● Never reply to spam.

● Don't give out your email address publicly.

● Get PAID anti-virus software and spam filtering tools.

● Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) browser, like Opera and Chrome Incognito. Hackers can't see your details on these browsers.

● Switch from gmail.com to protonmail.com. It cannot be seen by hackers, it's easier to login to than gmail and if you open protonmail.com on the Chrome Incognito or Opera browsers, you'll have double the protection at zero cost!
Give everyone your new email address....

ALWAYS LOGOUT OF YOUR ACCOUNTS WHEN YOU ARE DONE! This is the equivalent of closing and locking the door behind you, and switching on the security system.

Here's another important tip:
In "My Documents" on your hard drive, create a folder called "BizHub Central".
This will be the main folder from which you can access every element of BizHub and Profits4Us.
To do this, you must create sub-folders and sub-sub-folders, as many levels as you need.
Under "BizHub Central" create sub-folders called "Marketing", "Correspondence", "BizHubMall", "Profits4Us", "Auctions", "Training Center", "Coupon Passwords", "Courier Companies" and whatever else you think is relevant.
In these sub-folders you save Files, or you create sub-sub-folders to save files in.
Put all your informration into Word documents or Excel spreadsheets or in Powerpoint, whichever medium is best.
This way, you'll know exactly were everything is and you'll be able to retrieve it in seconds!

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