Scammers Are Targeting Business Ads On Google…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Scammers are targeting business ads on Google

Beware of scammers who change contact information on Google ads to target people looking for businesses—which is happening more and more often. Someone searching for a repair service recently discovered scammers had swapped numbers with a legitimate business listing, then showed up at her house in an unmarked truck and charged her more than $400 to replace a part that wasn’t broken. (Source: KTUL.com)

Why this is important for your business:

If you’re relying on Google AdWords for leads then this certainly affects you.  There’s no way you can prevent this so you’re best defense is to check your ads daily to make sure the information remains correct and, if you see any issues, alert Google immediately.

 2 — IBM says it has hit a milestone in quantum computing.

IBM announced a milestone in its race against Google and other big tech firms to build a powerful quantum computer. The company’s scientists have successfully built and measured a processor prototype with 50 quantum bits, known as qubits—the first time any company has built a quantum computer at this scale. It can perform calculations many times faster than current computers can. (Source: Gadgets 360)

Why this is important for your business:

This won’t affect your business immediately, but it’s likely that IBM will use and license this technology to other tech firms which will- in the long run – significantly reduce the time it takes to process information and hopefully contribute your firm’s productivity.

3 — This app will force your employees to be punctual.

Malaysian company Terato Tech has introduced an app called BePunct, which manages all staff records online using cloud-based time attendance software—and keeps managers/supervisors apprised too. The personal Mobile App component allows employees to manage their leave and claims. They can then access the Attendance Terminal to sign in and confirm their status at the office: late, on leave, on medical leave or working from home. (Source: Vulcan Post)

Why this is important for your business:

Time and attendance apps like this one are popular and being used by more and more of my clients who want to better track employee productivity.  When considering one, look for an app that also integrates with your payroll or accounting system too.

4 — A London startup is launching a debit card that lets you spend bitcoin and Ethereum.

London-startup London Block Exchange launched a new debit card that will allow people to spend cryptocurrencies across the UK. It also plans to launch a sterling-to-cryptocurrency exchange and a prepaid Visa debit card called “Dragoncard,” which enables customers to convert bitcoin, ethereum, ripple, litecoin, and monero to sterling and spend it across the UK. (Source: Business Insider)

Why this is important for your business:

Digital currencies are still very risk bets, but they’re clearly becoming a bigger part of the payment landscape. Look for the bigger players, like bitcoin and ethereum to grow and become more accepted by your customers who will be expecting you to accommodate when it comes time to pay.

5 – Firefox launches a new version.

Firefox has just introduced Quantum, which is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago. Built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology, it allows users to surf a huge number of pages and open many tabs—all while using less memory than the competition. (Source: The Mozilla Blog)

Why this is important for your business:

Although Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer still remain the big three in internet browsers, millions of people still use Firefox – maybe even you.  That’s because it’s excellent. Firefox’s new version may help you browse and search must faster than the others – so if you’re not using it, why not give it a try?