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Rx discount Drug Cards…Do they really work?

Yes, they really do work:

  • Does it work? I use it all the time, my kids prescription regular at CVS was 385 each – cash price 188 each – Rx card 75 each…and many other prescriptions as well

We Have Saved Our Clients over 1 billion in RX Prescriptions

 Our free discount prescription cards to anyone that can benefit and looking to save money on their prescription medications
  • Provides an average savings of 15% for brand name medications and 55% for generic medications, savings as high as 85% have been realized on certain medications;
  • Can be used at over 80% of pharmacies nationally and in all U.S. territories including Puerto Rico. Most nationally drug store chains and supermarkets along with many independent pharmacies accept our discount drug card;
  • No information is necessary to use our discount drug card and because we do not collect names or other personal information from our cardholders, we do not distribute or sell cardholder information to outside sources;
  • Social service agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Corporations
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Ask your Employer, Doctor, Hospital, Family Clinic if they would like a supply of our discount prescription cards to distribute or display Corporations, agencies, hospitals, clinics, Doctors, would you like your Rx prescription card private labeled?
  • Each year Medicare, insurance companies drop dozens of Rx prescriptions from their covered list-or raise prices  and adjust tier levels.
  • Employers -Doctors-Hospitals-Clinics give your patients & employees a great RX Prescription card at NO COST to anyone! What a great benefit.

What a great benefit for all…and it’s FREE

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Consumer Financing with Multiple Options

Consumer Financing…Offer Your Customers Multiple Options

  We Offer a Unique Approach to Consumer Finance

Through our vast network of lender partners, we ensure that lenders are competing for each consumer loan contract. This way, your customers receive the best possible offer.

We provide a program for online e-commerce businesses to now offer installment payments online. You can offer 0% interest or term installment payments that are directly integrated with your shopping cart system. Why offer one restrictive solution, like some of our competitors, when you can have a variety of solutions that meet the individual needs of your customers?

We feature Installment Loan Programs, Revolving Credit Card Programs, and Sub-prime Financing Programs. Call us today so we can customize a program just for your business!

Installment Loan Programs 

  • No Discount and Discount Programs 
  • Loan Amounts up to $25,000 
  • Loan Terms up to 60 Months 
  • 0% Interest up to 24 Months 
  • E-sign Integrated Online Platform 
  • Low, Fixed Monthly Payments 
  • Instant Approval Available 

Revolving Credit Card Programs 

  • No Discount and Discount Programs! 
  • Loan Amounts up to $25,000 
  • 100% Non-recourse 
  • Fast ACH Funding Within 72 Hours 
  • Many 0% Interest Promotions Available 
  • Lines of Credit Available 
  • Instant Approval Available 

Sub-Prime Financing Programs 

  • Loan Amounts up to $7500 
  • Retail Discount Fee of 2.99% Flat 
  • Medical Discount Fee of 9.99% Flat 
  • All Loans Come with 90 Days SAC 
  • Instant Online Credit Decisions 
  • No Additional Paperwork Required 
  • No Pay Stubs or Bank Statements

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Patient Financing for Hospitals & Providers

 Sending patients a bill they can’t afford means your bill will not get paid

Try this instead: $2,700 DUE NOW $400 AVAILABLE FUNDS $116/month 0% INTEREST for full term Hospital Paid immediately NO RECOURSE 

As an example of how well this works: A hospital had a loss of 2 million, our program added 9.8 million to their bottom line…a large hospital with 15 billion would add 305 million in additional revenue!

HOSPITALS & PROVIDERS

Try it for 100 days RISK FREE and increase your collections 100%.

  • No recourse
  • No upfront fees
  • No commitment
  • Cancel anytime
  • Low risk: paid up front
  • Low exposure
  • Integrate into your system

The portion of revenue that doctors and hospitals must collect from patients has increased by 380% and growing, and the collection rate only around .15 cents on the dollar. As hospitals, doctors and practices are forced to collect more from patients – due to higher deductibles and coinsurance – more patients are filing for personal bankruptcy. It is a vicious cycle that seems to only get worse over time. But when McKinsey asked patients why they defaulted on their medical bills, the number one reason was not unwillingness to pay, but a lack of payment options. That’s why the first-ever underwriting model that can show medical systems a patient’s likelihood of paying before they receive their first bill. Providers can now see what payment terms they should offer to receive the maximum rate of collection possible… all by offering their patients repayment terms that they can afford – with an effective 0% interest rate.

  • Patients apply in less than two minutes – without affecting their credit.
  • Proprietary underwriting model evaluates each patient’s ability to pay in real time and recommends the payment terms with the highest likelihood of repayment.
  • Patients can access from your website, payment portal, or by email invitation from your staff.
  • Patients receive 0% payment plan options.
  • Pays you immediately, without recourse.
  • We handle all payment plan servicing

Hospital bad debt has risen by 30-50% or higher

  • 9 Hospitals filed for bankruptcy in 2017
  • 26 Non-profit Hospitals face bankruptcy in 2018.

We offer free analysis to determine the proper program for you Hospital, Clinics, Veterinarian Hospitals, let us help you increase your collection by up to 400% and help improve your bottom line, and offer real solutions to your patients!

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Qualifying for a loan?

We realize show difficult and tasking it is to find a lender that will provide the best loan for your business or personal use. 

Here are a few tips to help guide you to the best decision for your loan. 

Common mistakes when applying for a loan: 

  • Big effect for lenders are high usage of credit cards because business use them Vs. a loan. If possible reduce them before applying. 
  • Checking your FICO and SBSS score, banks and lenders look at FICO & generally want 600+, SBSS score which is the business credit score that SBA and banks will use. Low is 140, banks will not accept anything under 160, generally they line in the 190++ range.  
  • Is getting a loan and understanding what you really qualify for. Banks only approve about 10% of loans, general industry with alternative is around 40-60% approvals and have limited industries they serve. 
  • Finding a lender that matched your requirements and conditions, i.e.., startup, working capital etc. and being prepared with all the requirements and paperwork such as tax documents, personal financial statements, bank statements, etc. 
  • Cash flow on paybacks to the loans, lenders will match up your cash flow, bank deposits, credit card statements, too see what amount you can actually afford. 
  • Each time you apply for a loan and they turn you down then you have to start all over again. This really affects your credit score every time you apply. Lenders look at how many inquiries. when they see several they know you are shopping and have n=been turned down. 

What Lendingcapital provides: Our bQual report delivers your Small Business Credit Score (SBSS & FICO), your consumer credit score and full credit report, as well as a detailed fundability report assessing your financing prospects. And you may even be prequalified for a loan in real time. 

 About Us Clients nationwide turn to LendingCapital national funding platform with over 5000 lenders each year to identify the right funding options for their business projects and assistance in meeting their financing needs. 

LendingCapital’s bQual application provides business owners the tools and knowledge to understand their creditworthiness before applying for and committing to a loan. 

Use our bQual application and save time, energy, frustration, and Know the Score before you apply for a loan. 

https://lendingcapital.net  

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The Business of Budgeting your Business

The Business of Budgeting your Business

A budget? So, who needs a budget? You do-that’s who.

Unlike the government we actually need to balance our checkbooks. A budget allows you to identify spending habits, and allows your business (or personal) to make necessary adjustments and changes.

       Don’t just be in business to stay in business-be in business to grow your business

There are many areas to delve into for a complete business plan, for practical purposes we will stick to budgeting and a few essentials.

Check list: All of this and more inside my 16-award winning book:

“the sexy little book of finance III” 2 books in one-Personal & Business

  • Your budget should be on a spreadsheet in excel or another format so you can update.
  • Personal budget and Business information should be part of your routine.
  • Make copies of all serial numbers of vehicles, laptops, cell phones, or any other important information of equipment.
  • Copies of any operators or employees who have access to any equipment, vehicles, should have their drivers license and insurance so you have the information and can check any expiration dates.
  • Credit card numbers, expiration dates, and all employees who assigned a card
  • Record of all policies or contracts
  • Starting inventory and ending inventories (daily, weekly, monthly, and annually) or as deemed appropriate for your business model
  • Bank loans, all financial information stored & backed up daily on a private server or encrypted cloud program
  • ADD your own categories.

You should have a full marketing plan (in writing), websites with SEO search, game plan how are you going to market your product or services – internet-seminars-mailers-email campaigns-workshops-etc. If you are looking for money from a bank or lending institution all this will be necessary. Everybody thinks they can apply and get approved in 15 seconds with 3 little questions and nothing else to provide…SORRY, little things like bank statements, tax returns, personal financial statements (free on our website) just to mention a few things. You can see what else may be required on our website.

Now back to budgeting…

 

Month _________________                          Beginning Cash Balance $ ___________________________

Category                                 Estimated Budget                        Actual                       Difference

Revenue/1099                         _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounts Receivable               _______________                  _______________      _______________

Investment Income                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Interest Income                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Other                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Total Actual Income:              _______________                                                      _______________

EXPENSES

Rent/Lease                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Loans                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounts Payable                    _______________                  _______________      _______________

Inventory Purchase                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Equipment Purchases             _______________                  _______________      _______________

Office Supplies                        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Cell Phones                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Phone/Internet/Fax                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Advertising                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Printing                                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Postage                                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Payroll                                     _______________                  _______________      _______________

Payroll Taxes                           _______________                  _______________      _______________

Health Insurance                     _______________                  _______________      _______________

Repairs/Maintenance             _______________                  _______________      _______________

Automobile Expense               _______________                  _______________      _______________

Gas/maintenance                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Auto Insurance                        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Business Insurance                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounting fees                      _______________                  _______________      _______________

Retirement contributions        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Web hosting                            _______________                  _______________      _______________

Other                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Total Actual Expenses $ _________________________

Total Income________________ minus Total Expenses______________ = Ending Balance_______________

Be Prepared-Be Informed-Be Successful

The last time I got instant gratification – I got food poisoning

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You Have the Right to Bear bridge Loans…

The right to bear bridge loans…

What?

bridge loan is a type of short-term loan, typically taken out for a period of 2 weeks to 3 years pending the arrangement of larger or longer-term financing.

Bridge loans are interim financing (short term) for an individual or business until permanent financing obtained. Money from the new financing is generally used to “take out” (i.e. to pay back) the bridge loan, as well as other capital needs.

The problem for businesses in particular is the length of time it takes to obtain permanent financing like term loans, credit lines, mortgages and so on. Banks can take up to 6 months or longer to approve certain types of loans. That does not help anyone who needs to move quickly for cash. They generally turn to the secondary market-quick cash, factoring loans, etc. The cost of money there is very high and generally creates cash flow problems on paying back daily or weekly ACH payments from their bank accounts.

Bridge loans are typically more expensive than conventional financing, to compensate for the additional risk. Bridge loans typically have a higher interest rate, points, origination fees, and other costs that are amortized over a shorter period, and various fees and other “sweeteners” (such as equity participation by the lender in some loans)  the good news is they are typically arranged quickly with relatively little documentation or lower credit requirements, and longer term more effective financing for the business or individual.

Bridge loans are often used for commercial real estate purchases to quickly close on a property, retrieve real estate from foreclosure, or take advantage of a short-term opportunity in order to secure long-term financing. Bridge loans on a property are typically paid back when the property is sold, refinanced with a traditional lender, the borrower’s creditworthiness improves, the property is improved or completed, or there is a specific improvement or change that allows a permanent or subsequent round of mortgage financing to occur. The timing issue may arise from project phases with different cash needs and risk profiles as much as ability to secure funding.

A bridge loan is similar to and overlaps with a hard money loan. Both are non-standard loans obtained due to short-term or unusual circumstances. The difference is that hard money refers to the lending source, usually an individual, investment pool, or private company that is not a bank in the business of making high risk, high interest loans, whereas a bridge loan is a short-term loan that “bridges the gap” between longer term loans that can take 6 months or more to finalize.

Typical terms of up to 12 months 2–4 points or more may be charged plus origination fees- probably 2 points or more. A bridge loan may be closed, meaning it is available for a predetermined time frame, or open in that there is no fixed payoff date (although there may be a required payoff after a certain time). An average is around a total of 6 points (6%). Which is usually much less than factoring and other secondary market loans with lower interest rates.

A bridge loan is often obtained by developers to carry a project while permit approval is sought. Because there is no guarantee the project will happen, the loan might be at a high interest rate and from a specialized lending source that will accept the risk. Once the project is fully entitled, it becomes eligible for loans from more conventional sources that are at lower-interest, for a longer term, and in a greater amount. A construction loan would then be obtained to take out the bridge loan and fund completion of the project.

A consumer is purchasing a new residence and plans to make a down payment with the proceeds from the sale of a currently owned home. The currently owned home will not close until after the close of the new residence. A bridge loan allows the buyer to take equity out of the current home and use it as down payment on the new residence, with the expectation that the current home will close within a short time frame and the bridge loan will be repaid.

A bridging loan can be used by a business to ensure continued smooth operation during a time when for example one senior partner wishes to leave while another wishes to continue the business. The bridging loan could be made based on the value of the company premises allowing funds to be raised via other sources for example a management buy in.

A property may be offered at a discount if the purchaser can complete quickly with the discount offsetting the costs of the short-term bridging loan used to complete. In auction property purchases where the purchaser has only 14–28 days to complete long term lending such as a buy to let mortgage may not be viable in that time frame whereas a bridging loan would be.

Bridge loans have many advantages, the risk is generally on the lender. One big advantage even though the interest rate is higher for a bridge loan the payments are usually interest only and the payments are very low. Most will require up to 6 months interest in escrow in advance-but you won’t have payments for 6 months plus they give you an option of rolling in the fees into the loan or deducting from the proceeds.

An example of how it works:

You apply for a 5-15-year term fully amortized with reasonable rates (based on your credit worthiness) once the bridge loan is in place. It will take about 90-120 days or more to get that in place.

You might get an offer that looks like this: offer is 11% interest only for 12 months with a monthly payment of about $3,000. They’ll want 6 months of interest held by lender to apply to monthly payments (around $3k per month – so $18k total.  We can add it onto the loan for a $318k loan amount or they will fund $282k in proceeds out of the 300k.  You won’t have to make any payments for 6 months.)

Understanding your finances gives you the power to obtain the best terms, rates, and options available. Do your homework, check your credit and correct BEFORE you apply for a loan. Going to the bank directly is not a very good option for a business, almost 90% of all small business loans from banks are declined. That is why they make companies like ours-we find them for you – you will never find yourself.

Read our blog on all the good things you need to do to get a loan…Be informed

Frank

https://lendingcapital.net

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Equifax update…Use Extreme Caution

 Equifax tweets sent victims to phishing site

Consumers were misdirected to a phishing website by Equifax itself (you can’t make this stuff up), according to various published reports.

Over the last couple of weeks, tweets from the official Equifax account and signed by “Tim” directed a handful of Twitter users to a fake site instead of to the official Equifax site set up specifically to help concerned consumers, Equifaxsecurity2017.com.

The fake site used an address similar to the valid Equifax site. Instead of offering help, the site mocks Equifax for “using a domain that’s so easily impersonated by phishing sites.”

Equifax has since deleted the tweets.

“All posts using the wrong link have been taken down,” a company spokesperson said. “We apologize for the confusion.”

Equifax has said that the personal information of 143 million consumers was potentially compromised in the cyberattack revealed by the company Sept. 7.

 

Equifax data breach and credit freeze: Beware these 3 scams

Consumers must be doubly vigilant following news of the massive mishap, experts warn. Even if you were wise enough to put an immediate fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit files, con artists are likely to go into hyperdrive finding new ways to take advantage of the hack and the publicity surrounding it.

“Don’t panic. But be vigilant,” said Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at the Consumer Federation of America. “With this breach, criminals have everything they need to victimize you.”

Here are three cons that experts believe will become prevalent in the aftermath of the Equifax (EFX) data breach.

Impostor scams (even after you’ve initiated a credit freeze)

The Federal Trade Commission warned Thursday that it expected a new wave of imposter scams, with con artists posing as representatives of Equifax “calling to verify your account information.” Given that Equifax is providing free credit monitoring and credit freezes in wake of its data breach, the call may sound legitimate, the agency warned. But don’t ever provide any privy information over the phone.

The purpose of this con is to get you to provide private information — including some of the information that was leaked in the breach — to a caller or via email. Even if your information was leaked, not all fraudsters are likely to have access to it.

Providing information to a new con artist over the phone simply increases the chance that you’ll be victimized. Of course, if your data wasn’t part of the Equifax attack, giving it out over the phone gives you a chance to join your friends and neighbors in having your data exposed on the dark web.

Information about the Equifax breach, including a simple tool to tell you whether the company believes your data was accessed in the breach, can be found on the company’s web site. Even if this tool indicates your data was spared, you can sign up for free credit monitoring for a year and Equifax will also waive any costs entailed in freezing your credit report, if you act within the next two months.

Tax identity theft that could rob you of your IRS refund

The Internal Revenue Service has been fighting tax identity theft for years. These scams involve criminals getting victims’ names, addresses and Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax refund claims. The agency cites data breaches as one of the main ways that con artists get the relevant information to pull off tax identity theft.

Victims often get the first inkling of a problem when they file their annual tax returns and the IRS notifies them that another return has already been filed and their refund has been claimed. While the agency has a task force dedicated to these cons, they are complex and difficult to solve, often taking more than four months to investigate, according to the agency.

If your information was compromised in the data breach, make a point of filing your annual tax return promptly. And take immediate action if you are informed that more than one return was filed in your name; that you owe additional tax; or that IRS records indicate that you earned more than the amount of wage you reported.

What action should you take? File a police report and a fraud report with the FTC Identity Theft Hotline (877-438-4338). Also, complete IRS form 14039, the Identity Theft Affidavit. You may be forced to file your tax returns on paper in the meantime. If you do not get a prompt response from the IRS, call the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 for assistance.

Spear-phishing to crack your bank and brokerage accounts

The data made available through the Equifax breach is also likely to spur a wave of so-called “spear-phishing” scams that could put more than your credit at risk. Phishing scams are often unsophisticated email and phone cons aimed at getting you to reveal privy data, such as your Social Security number. Spear-phishing cons are far more sophisticated.

These use your real data — the type of data compromised in the Equifax breach — to mimic legitimate communication from your bank or broker. The email may urge you to click on a link or open a PDF file to check your account or verify a transaction. However, if you click on the link, you could be downloading malicious software on your computer that would allow the crook to hijack your system or record your keystrokes.

The best advice after the Equifax breach is to assume any such communication is suspect. If you get an email from your bank, broker or credit card issuer and believe it’s legitimate, visit the company’s website or call their toll-free number. Do not click on the link.

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EQUIFAX-143 million breached…ouch

We are a Corporate & Individual agency for LifeLock® Identity Theft Solutions  

Equifax with 143 million breached has created a national epidemic – and you will be 11 X more likely to have your identity stolen because of this. 

Don’t wait…it won’t take these thieves long to get moving – GET PROTECTED NOW

How LifeLock Works 

 Give us a little information: birthdate, SSN, email, etc. 

WE SCAN 

We look for threats to your identity. 

WE ALERT 

We alert you of suspicious threats by text, email, or phone. 

WE RESTORE 

If your identity is stolen, our U.S.-based team will work to fix it. 

WE REIMBURSE 

We’ll reimburse funds stolen due to identity theft up to the limit of your plan. 

Our Million Dollar Protection™ Package 

Watch our 1 minute video https://youtu.be/yPrFsuTh-Vw  

As business you are a primary target, the average cost of a breach is around $100,000 per location! You need to add a level of protection that safeguards your employees, your business, and your clients. There are no hard costs to you the employer as it is a voluntary benefit-and IRS has approved as a tax-free voluntary benefit. 

Our program offers a 15% discount (already built in the pricing on our website) 

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CREDIT and Small Business

I know some of this seems redundant from previous blogs I have done, but, it seems I need to repeat some of the highpoints (or low points depending on how you look at it). Here is short summary of what you need to get together.  

Remember this: Almost 90% of all bank loans get turned down. 

  • Check your credit BEFORE you apply. Places like www.creditchecktotal.com  will give you all 3 bureaus. 
  • CORRECT or explain anything that is negative.  
  • Create a marketing and game plan (in writing to present) 
  • Create a BUDGET  
  • Complete a PFS (personal financial statement) 
  • 3 years business and tax returns 
  • 3 years personal tax returns 
  • Profit and loss statement 
  • Cash flow is one of the primary things lenders look for-generally most lenders give around 20% of annual sales 
  • List number of clients (lenders like lots of clients-low number of clients means high risk to a lender 
  • Get your SBSS score (small business scoring service). You can get this at Nav.com  
  • If you are looking for an SBA loan: the requirements are a  minimum score of 140, most lenders will NOT provide a loan if SBSS score is under 160. The range is 0-300 
  • SBA loans are difficult to get and can be expensive and take up to 3 months or more to fund.  So, if you are in a hurry look elsewhere that is why we offer short and long-term loans. 
  • Personal FICO score-0-840 most lenders want 650 
  • D-UN-N-S number (Dun and Bradstreet-100 as the highest a score of 80 is good-free  
  • Most secondary lenders (non-bank) have very short terms and require daily or weekly ACH payments form your bank 
  • DO NOT apply at several banks or lenders at once or keep applying-every time you do this it pulls down your credit score-you will not get a loan. 
  • Most lenders require a minimum of 3 – 6 months in business and do not do startups. 
  • Have a website, subscribe to places like Yoast (SEO), Rankcrew.com for backlinks, make sure it is HTTPS (secure) you can have the greatest website but who cares if nobody can find it. 
  • Have engaging content-you only have around 2 seconds or so for someone to keep looking or come back to your site (like this-a blog) 

The old bait & switch,” get approved in seconds and get funded in hours”- in lending instant gratification can cost you a lot of money. High interest, short terms, and not as much as they promised or even turned down after they actually pull your credit. 

We hope this helps you, our goal is always to help businesses and individuals who want to start a business. 

We have realistic lending programs from established to start ups-Lendingcapital is a national direct lending platform. 

Regards 

Frank 

https://lendingcapital.net  

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HACK CITY…and small business

HACK CITY…and small business 

In 2015, there were over 1 million web attacks against people a day. Out of that staggering number, 43% targeted small businesses. With larger companies beefing up their cybersecurity measures, small businesses have become attractive targets for hackers. Owners should be concerned the average cost of a data breach for a small business merchant is between $36,000 and $100,000. 

Common-sense solutions and general awareness of cybercrime techniques can greatly reduce your business’s vulnerability to cyberattacks. 

  • Install Antivirus Software
    The best ways to steer clear of viruses and malware are to use an industry-leading anti-virus software solution. There are many options out there, do not install multiple anti-virus software as they can counter react and defeat the purpose. If you already have good antivirus software, make sure the auto-update and firewall options are turned on. 
  • Back Up Your Files
    Symantec reports that ransomware—a method of using encryption to hold critical data hostage for money—increased 35% in 2015. Updating your web applications can help prevent an attack, but it’s important to regularly back-up important files just in case.
    To minimize the impact of a ransomware attack is to immediately disconnect the infected machine(s) from the network, reinstall the operating system and restore from your last good backup copy. 
  • Email & Downloads
    Email scams are becoming ever more sophisticated. Spear phishing, for example, is an email that appears to be from an individual or business you know, designed to trick you into revealing personal info.
    It’s important for you and your employees to be wary of anything coming into your inbox. “Never click a link or open an attachment that you did not expect to receive. If you’re not expecting something or must think twice about the contents, don’t open it. Second step is to call and confirm from the sender 
  • Install Software & Operating System Updates
    Pop-up reminders to update your web browser or operating system (like Windows or OS) may seem annoying, but don’t ignore them. “Ensure operating systems and applications are always fully patched with the latest security fixes. Updates will help protect you from cyberattacks. 
  • Use Strong Passwords                                                                                                                            Weak passwords are an invitation for hackers. Don’t make the mistake of using         simple passwords, using the same password for multiple accounts. And you should change your passwords every 60 to 90 days. Businesses should invest in complex password policies for all their employees. These do not have to be too complex, but they should include a minimum of 10 characters, upper case letter, lower case letter, number and symbol. In addition, all businesses should incorporate some sort of identity theft software for their employees as well, this protects everybody. 
  • Use Secure Encrypted Systems to Accept Card Payments
    Never photocopy, hand write, electronically key-in to a terminal, or manually copy credit card information. This is a common practice for orders over the phone, consider a secure online payment system like PayPal to accept transactions. If your systems are compromised, keystroke loggers and other hacking tools can scrape the manually entered information for later attacks.
    In addition, make sure you’ve upgraded to the latest point-of-sale equipment for in-person purchases, many of the POS systems today are using older technology and operating systems like Windows XP that are no longer supported, this leaves you completely vulnerable to attacks. 
  • Don’t Bank Over Unsecured Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi connections at coffee shops, airports and other public places are convenient, but they aren’t secure. Never log into your online banking profile on an unsecured network—it’s all too easy for someone to steal your information that way. Look for little devices with generally 2 antennas sitting next to someone’s laptop or computer, this is called a pineapple, be aware.
    If you are a road warrior and are using public Wi-Fi, invest in a VPN service to secure your transmissions 
  • Secure Physical Devices Storing Sensitive Data
    Don’t forget that sensitive data can be physically stolen as well. Computers and drives with private business or customer information should be protected. Assume somebody will steal them and plan accordingly. So, no leaving your computer in the front seat of your car, desk, or anywhere that is accessible to the public, employees who do not have proper clearance, and ALWAYS password protect all your devices, cell phones, laptops, computers, Ipad’s. 
  • Train Employees & Yourself
    When it comes to cybersecurity, your actions are more important than any technology. If you have employees, hold regular training to make sure they’re aware of company IT policies, and how to avoid email scams and other types of cyberattacks. Practice what you preach, if you don’t it could put you out of business! 
  • Go to places like www.webrankstats.com and submit your website 
  • Google has changed the rules with Penguin and now HTTPS make sure you are up to speed with this.  

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