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    How to get rid of new Sobig.F virus? Saturday, August 30, 2003

    How to get rid of new Sobig.F virus?As you know, this time the virus under the name Sobig.F has wreaked quite havoc! No doubt, many of us have suffered from this recent virus outbreak.

    According to an online poll conducted by CNN 32% of respondents were infected with this malicious virus. At the pick, each of every 17 emails contained sobig.F! Internet service provider AOL says it scanned 40.5 million emails and found the virus in more than half of them. Sobig accounted for 98 percent of all viruses found in these emails.

    What is Sobig.F virus?

    This is a worm type of virus. Which means it is an executable program that installs enhancement to your Windows operating system. The F implies that it is the sixth of the family of Sobig viruses. The first one was launched in the beginning of this year. The latest attack was started on August 19.

    According to some experts, Sobig.F was first posted to a porn Usenet group and spread from there. It is timed to deactivate itself on September 10. The pre-built deactivation mechanism itself is a worrisome factor. Most experts think this means there are more to come!

    How it works?

    Sobig.F comes along with an e-mail with subject headers like Your details, Thank you!, Re: Thank you!, Re: Details, Re: Re: My details, Re: Approved, Re: Your application, Re: Wicked screensaver or Re: That movie. The body of the message is quite short and usually contains either "See the attached file for details" or "Please see the attached file for details."

    Once the file is opened, Sobig.F resends itself using a built-in mailing program to e-mail addresses from the infected computer. As a senders address it shows one of the e-mails randomly selected from the computer's address book.

    The worm was also supposed to attempt to retrieve an URL from a predetermined list of 20 master servers on a certain date and time. The content of that URL was to be downloaded and executed on the infected machines. Luckily those servers were identified right away and shut down.

    How to protect yourself against it?

    If your computer is infected or you have doubts, first thing you should do is to check and clean up your computer from this virus. Although, it is set to deactivate on September 10, which means it will no longer multiply itself, however, left untouched, it might attempt to update itself, once the newer version of the virus comes out.

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    Suggestion One

    1. If you do not have latest version of anti-viruses installed, go to the Symantec’s following page.
    2. Down load the Sobig.F removal tool for free of charge.
    3. Install and run it by strictly following the steps described on the page.

    Suggestion Two

    Download the latest security patches for your version of Windows and install them.

    Suggestion Three

    If you are using Microsoft Outlook, follow the steps below to stop them appearing in your inbox:

    Open Outlook
    Click on Tools from main menu
    Choose Rules Wizard from the drop down menu
    On the page Apply changes to this folder: Click on New
    Select Start creating a rule from Templates
    Choose Move messages based on content
    Click on specific words link from the box at the bottom
    A small window will appear, add each and every phrase scrupulously from the list below:

    Re: Thank you!
    Thank you!
    Your details
    Re: Details
    Re: Re: My details
    Re: Approved
    Re: Your application
    Re: Wicked screensaver
    Re: That movie

    Once finished click on OK to close the window.
    Click on the link specified at the same box
    Open a new folder by clicking on the New button under the name Virus Spam
    Click on OK
    Click on Finish
    From now on all emails with the above mentioned phrases and attachments will be moved to the Virus Spam folder.
    All you have to do is delete the emails, which will appear there.

    A few more cautions:

    Dont open any executable attachment in an email, unless you are hundred percent sure that this is a legitimate file that you have been expecting. Install an anti-virus program and update it on time, at the end, this might be the best possible solution to protect our computers from these ugly online creatures!

    How to sell your products online? Wednesday, August 20, 2003

    How to sell your products online?E-commerce is gaining pace! Research firm eMarketer predicts that 2003 will see online sales reaching US $58.2 billion excluding travel. According to Forrester Research, another reputable research company, business to consumer e-commerce will hit US $230 billion by the year 2008. While offline retail sales are staggering and will continue to do so in near term, online retail sales will show a hefty 19 percent consecutive year over year growth! And by the same year, two third of all US households will buy some kind of products and services online. In 2003 alone 97 million consumers will make some kind of purchases through the Internet. If you are selling products and services offline, you should seriously consider hopping on to the e-commerce bandwagon, or risk loosing significant portion of your business to your more proactive competitors!

    Is it difficult to start selling products or services online?

    May be, in the beginning of Internet era, this was a daunting task, but today, with proper planning it is fairly easy.

    Choose the products or services that are viable to sell over the Internet
    Build an online presence
    Create an online product catalog
    Choose payment methods

    Select products or services to sell

    Although, some products are easier to sell online, contrary to popular believe, most of the products and services are, actually, marketable on the Internet. At present, books, electronics, information and travel related products are selling better online. But, that does not mean that there is no room for other products or services. As a matter of fact, you can sell just about anything over the Internet! It depends more on the market segment you choose, and how good you are in marketing. As you know, traditional items that you can get in nearest grocery store were not doing very well on the Internet. However, that is going to change very soon! According to Forrester Research many of todays slow categories are poised to significant growth as oppose to early online sales leaders like travel and electronics, which will experience market maturity and slower growth. Prediction is:

    Food and beverage category will grow at a rate of 49 percent, reaching $18.2 billion by 2007. The home products category will grow by 42 percent over five years, from $7.3 billion in 2002 to $42.0 billion in 2007. Flowers, cards, and gifts will grow by 41 percent, from $951 million in 2002 to $5.3 billion in 2007.

    Thats not all! By the year 2008, todays best selling product books will have a mere 3 percent share of total business to consumer online sales.

    So, if your products and services can generate offline sales there should not be any problem in selling these items online.

    Build online presence

    You can choose to build an e-commerce website either yourself by hiring required experts, i.e. web programmers or by appointing a website developing company to do the job for you. In both of the cases, you have to be prepared to spend a significant amount of money. E-commerce site is a very broad terminology! Depending on you demand, it can cost you from a modest US $800 to any where over a million US dollar! Thats not all! You have to be prepared to spare considerable time on it, as well. Writing the technical scope, choosing the appropriate design for your site and creating proper content for your site will take a lot of your time. And there is no guarantee that you will do everything right!

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    Thats why, if you are new to e-commerce and do not want to spend a fortune in your first endeavor, you should think about making your online presence by choosing one of the available, on the Internet, Web Store services. There are enormous advantages of using these services:

  • You can build one for a fraction of the cost, needed to create an e-commerce website.
  • You can choose the design of your web store from numerous available templates.
  • Simple editor allows you creating your web store all by yourself.
  • You can be up and running within days.
  • You can choose a merchant account from the one offered by the service provider.

    There are many Web Store service providers on the Internet like Yahoo! Store, Bigstep, Rusbiz, etc. Compare and choose the one, which best suits your requirement. As an added advantage, some of the Web Store service providers will integrate your store with a shopping mall or e-marketplace free of charge. This will instantly expose your web store to a large targeted prospective customer audience.

    Create an online catalog

    If you sell only one or couple of products and do not add products or services often, you dont require an online catalog. However, if you have a product line of over 10 products and you constantly add or change products, you should consider a web store with the facility of an online product catalog. This feature of a web store service allows rapid developing and maintaining of you electronic catalog without spending large sums on creating one by yourself.

    Look for a web store service provider who offers wizard or form base product adding method to the electronic catalog and use some kind of standard product classification codes. At later stage, if you choose to sell products through e-marketplaces, this will allow you to integrate your products to e-marketplaces and make sales offers with ease.

    Choose a payment method

    If you are planning to sell ebooks, reports, whitepapers etc. I would suggest you to consider using clickbank’s marketplace. That way, you dont have to worry about getting a credit card merchant account.

    Around 90 percent of all sales transaction occur online are by credit card payments. To accept credit card payment over the Internet, you must first have a merchant account. A merchant account allows a vendor to process credit card transactions. If you built a web store online with one of the web store service providers, you will see that they offer gateways to one or several merchant account providers and have partnership with them. In general, you get a better deal with them. However, as charges vary significantly from one merchant account provider to another, make sure you shop around before committing yourself to one.

    Promote you site

    To sell your products through your site, you must draw traffic. There are number of ways of promoting your site on the Internet. This includes:

    Search engine submissions
    Adding your site to different online directories
    Opt-in email campaign
    Link exchange
    Banner and link ads

    In you effort to promote your site, you should combine as many offline and online promotional methods you can come up with. The more traffic you can generate the better chance you have of selling more products from your Web Store.

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