Doing Business in Sandton, July 2018



Welcome to the Megaplex Business Booster Newsletter as advertised in our longstanding Newsletter: "Shopping in Sandton".  This short monthly newsletter will give you quick tips that can make your business more profitable, safer and --possibly-- more fun!

On-Line Business Tip: "Google My Business"


Last month we suggested that you create an account on Google (or find out if you have an existing account).  If you did not do it then, click here to do it now.

You need an account on Google in order to list your business on Google My Business –free, of course!

Let's look on Google to see what information it has on your business.  In your favourite browser (Google Chrome works well, and is free), call up

In the search box, type in the name of your business, for example “Megaplex” (without the quotes) and press Enter or click [Google Search].  Despite the domain, it searches worldwide, so you might want to add “south africa” or your town, to narrow the search.

If Google has information on your company, it should appear in a box on the right of the screen.  There should be contact details, opening hours, a link to your website, directions, and more.

There should also be a link “Are You the Business Owner?” (if no-one has claimed the business) or “Edit your business information” (if you have already claimed it).  Choose the appropriate link, and update any details that need changing (there is a verification process to follow if you are claiming a business that Google has added on its own.

What if your business does not appear in a box on the right?  We’ll look at this next time.

Online Scams (I): Ransomware


My computer is 'blocked' and a message says I have to pay to unlock it!

Your computer has been infected with a type of malware called ransomware, which attempts to extort internet users to pay a fee to criminals to get their computer "unblocked".

DO NOT pay the ransom fee, instead search Google for more info on the particular ransomware and how to remove it, or contact a computer specialist to help you with that. Also report the incident to your local police who should forward it to their cybercrime division. It is also highly recommended to install anti-virus/malware software and to keep your Windows installation (as well as high-risk software such as Java, Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Flash Player) up-to-date.  (Information courtesy of

Make sure that you have backups of all your data!  That may be the only way to recover it!

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