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
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
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 www.google.co.za
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 .co.za 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
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 www.spamhaus.org)
Make sure that you have backups of all your data! That
may be the only way to recover it!
All the best from Rick at megaplex.co.za,a,
the most helpful website for shops in Sandton.
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