Yes it is Casual Friday again! This week I received a question via email and it was a great one so I thought I should share it here for everyone. I am going to share it below along with the answer we sent back.
I hope this helps the person that was requesting this info… It may also help others as well. Remember you can always contact us… with all your security questons and… Don’t Be Causal when it comes to your own PayPal Security, And Protecting Your Desktop And eMail!
Thank you for your comprehensive and informative description of how to protect your website from hackers and spammers.
However, if you do not mind, I would like to ask you a question.
For example my website has a donations link and when you press it to donate an amount it shows my e-mail address. I recall reading your post and it mentioning that hackers like to get ahold of your e-mail.
What do I do now? Is it ok to leave it as it is? Or do I contact PayPal or something? I am pretty lost and would really appreciate if you could assist me with this issue.
If you go here: http://thecyberhoodwatch.com/sitemap/ and click our donation button to the right side you’ll see that our button was created in PayPal using the donation’s button widget. To add a little flair and be different I created our own button with an image we chose rather than the typical PayPal look.
If you click the button, you’ll notice that button it using a: form action= “https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr” which protects our email from being exposed. This link takes you directly to PayPal.com to submit your donation. Instead of using your email you use your PayPal account and their secure process which allows you to take the person to a page to fill out their information or use their PayPal account. I would recommend using PayPal’s donation button because it is more secure. Below is an image of what it looks like inside of PayPal and where you should go to set yours up:
If that does not work then I would recommend contacting PayPal support, so you don’t risk any undue expose of your email or personal info… and as always use a password generator and create a very good only used on PayPal password with a minimum of 20 characters like this:
You should change your password on a regular basis, like once a month, or no less than once every 3-4 months to protect your account!
I highly recommend clearing your desktop of potential hacks, or scripts that can be downloaded directly from emails or websites. There is a free program that I personally use which is called: “Spybot – Search & Destroy©®” use this every day and no less than once every week, to protect you from giving hackers access to your open ports or server access through your cpanel, ftp and/or the program you use to upload files to your websites!
use on banking or business login’s, this is very dangerous!!
I hope this helps, I can’t stress enough that the simple things you do will give you the most protection, do all the free things you can do first, and then make sure to buy extra protective security tools when needed. We have a whole list of other things we recommend through our network of sites.
My favorite and one that the CHW approves of, is a program called: Avast Free Download Antivirus Software. This software is free and comes with tons of bells and whistles. If you are going to buy a program this is the one I purchased and use for the extra protection, and I recommend it because it really works well, and it’s very inexpensive
As always be safe online,
p.s. please email me back if you try everything and contact PayPal and you are still having issues, and I will try to help you resolve this issue.
Everyone please be, Xtra Careful when protecting yourself, with PayPal Security And Protecting Your Desktop And eMail! Don’t Be Causal With IT…
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