Celebrate Safer Internet Day

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February 11 is Safer Internet Day, but adopting a few simple practices can make every day Safer Internet Day. Being safer on the Internet includes avoiding scams and keeping your data safe and secure when online. This article gives you some simple ways to stay safer.

Too Much Mystery Shopper Email?


Secret shoppers who are registered with several mystery shopping companies may get dozens to hundreds of job offer emails every day. The flood of email can seem overwhelming.

Should Mystery Shoppers Be on Facebook?


Many mystery shopping companies have Facebook pages and they encourage shoppers to “like” their pages and interact with them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Is this a good idea, or is going social with the fact that you are a mystery shopper likely to result in you being identified as a mystery shopper during a shop? Consider that there are about half a billion people on Facebook. It is extremely unlikely that an employee that you are about {Read More}

How to Avoid Spam

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In a previous article I shared some of the hazards of using a challenge/response system to keep spam out of your inbox. Let’s look at some things you can do that will reduce or eliminate spam without the problems of challenge/response. Don’t post your email address publicly in forums or on your website. Spammers use software to harvest email addresses from the web, and posting your email address on a public website guarantees that you will get more spam. Be {Read More}

Resolve to Do the One Thing That Can Save You From Almost Any Computer Disaster


What would happen to your mystery shopping career if you lost all of the data on your computer? Without your email, shop records, photos and scans from mystery shops, income and expense data and other important files, you would be in a bind. As you make New Year’s resolutions, this is a good time to take the advice of my friend Leo, and make a resolution to protect yourself from a computer disaster. This is a guest post by Leo {Read More}

The Email Mistake That Costs You Mystery Shopper Jobs


Nobody likes spam emails, but something you may be doing to avoid spam can also keep those all-important mystery shopper job offers out of your inbox. I am talking about using a challenge/response anti-spam program. Here is how it works: You sign up for a service such as Spam Arrest that uses a challenge/response system. Whenever someone sends you an email for the first time after you begin using the system, the email is not delivered to you. Instead, the {Read More}

Stay Safe Online – 7 + 1 Steps to Internet Safety and Security For Your PC


Most mystery shoppers spend a lot of time online. We all know that there are dangers on the Internet, but it is possible to keep yourself safe. In this post, my friend Leo Notenboom explains some simple things you can do to avoid online security threats. This is a guest post by Leo Notenboom of Ask Leo! Internet safety seems like an oxymoron these days with all the threats aimed at our computers. Staying safe online doesn’t have to be {Read More}

Managing Mystery Shopper Emails


Mystery shoppers may get dozens, or even hundreds, of daily emails about mystery shopper jobs. How can you handle the flood of email without spending all day at the computer?

Zapiddy – An App That Pays You While You Shop


A while back I let you know about Field Agent, a smart phone app that connects you with paying assignments in market research. Now there is another: Zapiddy lets you make money with your smart phone while you shop. For every job you complete, you get paid and Zapiddy donates money to the Children’s Miracle Network. For now the app is only available for the iPhone. Just download the free app from the app store, then set up an account. {Read More}

Field Agent – The iPhone App That Pays You


Subscribers to my free Mystery Shopping Tips newsletter learned about Field Agent three weeks ago. Sign up for the Free Mystery Shopper Course in the box on the left and you will get a free seven-lesson course on mystery shopping, plus ongoing tips, industry news and newsletter exclusives. Get your free subscription today! Do you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? Want to use it to make extra money? The free Field Agent app can help you do just {Read More}