Unfortunately most people don’t pay much attention to the threat posed by spyware until their level of infection has become acute and their private information has been compromised. The final result is that they become subject to an identity theft attempt. New methods of attack are being developed all the time and you need to get up to speed on the subject and stay informed of changes as they occur in order to know how to protect yourself. First of all, if you are a careless surfer you are living dangerously and eventually you will get nailed. The smart thing is to set your computer environment up with a secure defensive perimeter and to avoid porn, casino, and other gambling sites and to not download free software, screen savers, music or games except from environments that you know to be safe.
The bulk of criminal attempts to steal your information like bank numbers, passwords and security questions and answers are housed in what are known as trojans and keyloggers. Because of the comparative ease with which these unwanted visitors can be installed and the fact that they work without your knowledge you need to change your online habits and only deal with well known companies and individuals that you trust. Additionally, criminals have developed many lookalikes to resemble legitimate sites to fool you in to downloading from them. Double check web addresses that you have previously not dealt with and be sure you are dealing only with the legitimate ones. Protection form identity theft depends on you.
Make sure that all users of your computer particularly family members are instructed how to use the internet and what not to do. You also need to monitor their activity on a continuous basis. One of the basics of your defenses should be a well configured antivirus program that you keep continuously updated.
If you have a reputable bank or credit card then they will have all of the latest security features installed to help protect you. Most organizations offering these services are growing rapidly and you would be well advised to consider them as a matter of importance.
Make sure that you communicate with your customer to promote sales. This includes opportunities to meet and greet customers, showing them that you accept credit cards and so on. You want to create the atmosphere of a personal relationships which will encourage repeat business and it is a fact that customers demand this.
Never assume that you have nothing of importance on your site. If someone mentions that they like your products or services they are most probably not on your site.
Instead of letting the opportunity get away you need to add a statement to your site to protect your information.
Your customer has no doubt seen enough to know that you take your business seriously and that you would never ask for their information to be sent elsewhere. As a business owner you need to make sure that you protect your interests.
One loophole that PayPal have left wide open is their lack of issuance of your merchandise. In effect you are turning your back on your clients, which is inconsideration that you have a duty to inform them of the danger and tell them how to report problems.
Make sure that you protect your directories and keep them clean. You receive non-disclosure agreements from vendors and you should enforce them.