Avon Cyber Attack

Avon Cyber Attack

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THE BODY SHOP, AVON & NATURA ISO 27001 CERTIFIED COMPANIES LEAKED DATA OF 250,000 CUSTOMERS

Just an update from MyBeautyKing on our partner AVON Cosmetics and their recent Cyber Attack on their systems.

Specialists in a cyber security course have reported a new incident involving the personal information of millions of people. A multibillion-dollar company based in Brazil exposed highly sensitive information (personal and financial data) of its customers. According to the reports, the exposed information was hosted in poorly configured databases, making them available to any user.

The company in question, Natura & Co Group, is composed of a global cosmetics production and sales group with a presence in more than 70 countries. This corporation owns firms such as Aesop, Avon, and The Body Shop.

Experts in the cyber security course mention that the data breach involves two databases with more than 190 million records each. One of the exposed deployments stores information equivalent to 1.3 TB, while the second database contained 272 GB.

Thanks to a leaked report, the cybersecurity community was able to learn that more than 250,000 Natura customers have been affected by the data breach. It was also revealed that at least 40 thousand records of Wirecard’s mobile internet communications accounts (MOIPs) were also exposed. Among the information compromised are details such as:

  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Email address
  • Gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Phone number
  • Purchase history
  • MOIP account details
  • Username and nickname
  • Access token for wirecard.com.br
  • API credentials that include unencrypted passwords
  • Natura.com.br login credentials including hash passwords

The incident was not limited to Natura’s customers. Soon after, experts in the cyber security course confirmed that the data breach also compromised confidential details about the company’s IT infrastructure. “The compromised server contained API logs from the Natura website, so all the information from the production server was exposed,” the experts mention. In addition, the leak also exposed the names of some Amazon buckets, which store PDFs related to agreements between the company and other parties. 

The International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) recommends that Natura customers consult the company on the measures being taken to address this issue because, due to the nature of the information compromised, they could be exposed to phishing campaigns or identity fraud.

For security, customers should be wary of malicious emails, as well as avoid sharing their personal data online. In these cases it is common for firms to offer identity and banking fraud protection services, although Naturia has not made any more official returns. 

Are you affected?

Only time can tell. We don’t know the full extent of the breach yet. The fact is that all of Avon’s Systems are down and that world-class IT and security specialists are working on them right now. As usual all affected customers, agents and staff will be notified as soon as more details become available. 

How does this affect MyBeautyKing and MyBK customers?

MyBeautyKing customers are not at all affected by this data security breach! We use very good security off and on-site to prevent exactly those things from happening, so I can assure all of my customers that all the data with MyBeautyKing are safe and secure. However, this breach affects the current trading of MyBeautyKing in such a way as we are currently unable to place orders or track deliveries. So any order you place with us at the moment is going to be delayed and it is impossible to say for how many days or weeks this delay is going to happen. all we can say that for the past 10 days it is impossible for us to place new orders, track deliveries or process refunds and returns on the Avon Website. 

Get your AVON Business Online

Get your AVON Business Online

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Get your AVON Business Online, a simple to follow how-to guide by me Mark Pammesberger, Avon Sales Leader. If you are stuck in the process, and need any help in bringing your website up, please feel free to contact me.

Start with Social Media  

First of all I recommend that you set-up and start your own Social Media Accounts if you don’t already have them. Get a Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube account setup. This is what I would recommend to start with. Take the same name all over the place, like in my case it was mybeautyking. Try to have the same Twitter account name as your domain name is going to be. So if your domain is Tim-Sample.co.uk get a twitter account called Tim-Sample of if that is taken go for Tim-Sample.co.uk, this is the first point and you should not need more than a day to complete that.

Get Web Hosting and Domain

Now, that you have your social media accounts set up and running, get your web hosting and domain name. Find a domain name that is unique and reflects what you want to do. I choose MyBeautyKing because I’m a man selling Avon and I am a professional make-up artist. So find something unique to you. Web hosting does not need to be expansive, you can go with a well known hosting company and pay more or with a small one that is cheaper. I would recommend the Entry Hosting Package here that only costs £ 0.99 per month or if you want something with more power that also includes an intuitive CMS then this plan here is more for you that costs only £5.99 per month and includes the Divi Sitebuilder and the Divi License. This is what I personally use to build this website. The domain name is not included in the price but that is only another £10 to £20 for the whole year so not too expansive. 

If you go with any other hosting company make sure to use a WordPress optimized hosting package, and do not take a ready-made e-commerce solution from 1&1 or GoDaddy, but this we will cover at a later point. Now that you have your web hosting and domain set up it is time to start building your website. I would suggest to start at the beginning, all you need really is a homepage, a contact form and the legal bits like privacy, terms and conditions, shipping page to get started the rest you can add later. Don’t do everything at once do it step by step. I would also recommend an about us section to tell the customer who you are.

 

What Online Store to use and why

Running your own online shop independent of Avon has advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are clearly you are independent and if Avon is down you can keep selling. You can also run Google Ads, Facebook Ads promote one single product or your whole shop on Instagram while always linking back to your shop. That is something you can not do at the Avon Store. If you link to a product on the Avon Store and the customer clicks on it you will lose the sale. 

The disadvantage is that you have to put work in. Each campaign update the offers, add and remove colors that are no longer on offer or become unavailable, or simply add the new products. But this will soon become a routine task when you are getting used to using your online shop. You can also set your own independent promotions at any time. TIPP: If you don’t want to update the prices all the time, no one says you have to have the same prices as Avon in their webstore, at the end you are an independent representative.

So now to the shop options there are several FREE Shop software options you can consider and I think wor well with Avon. Those listed below are free shop software programs you can install on any web hosting package.

Prestashop is well developed and works fine, as stand-alone website and pages, you do not need WordPress to have Prestashop. You can simply add a page in your Prestashop and add the content. There are several professional templates you can purchase that look great, for the start I would go for the free standard layout. The design you can change later at any time.

WooCommerce is a very nice piece of kit and there are a lot of free and paid extensions for it. WooCommerce integrates fully into your WordPress website and adapts the design you have. If you use DIVI there are a lot of ways to integrate a product, category, or the whole shop into a DIVI Layout and therefore make it look really like a one page fully themed experience. You can install woocommerce from your WordPress platform just go to Plugins in WordPress and type in woocommerce. It is personally my second choice, and very easy to handle.

ECWID is personally my favorite and this is what I have used to build the shop with. Ecwid is not free but a monthly subscription so it will cut into your budget considerably with at least £42 per month but there is a free plan they offer for 10 products. However I found that this shop is best suited for me as it allows you to sell on your Facebook Page, Instagram Page, eBay or Amazon account with the push of a button. There is a set of free add one that is useful, and there is a lot of other paid addons and added subscription services. The advantage is that they have a very helpful support if you need it and if you are like me you will need it a lot at the beginning. So if you use WordPress to build your website then I would personally recommend that you use ECWID.

Next Step setup billing and payment options

Your next step is to set up your billing and payment options for your shop. Use whatever you like. I use standard options such as bank transfer credit and debit card and PayPal. If you use PayPal make sure to use a business and not a personal account. For payment processing using credit and debit card I recommend SQUARE  Square works with all online shop platforms and is easy to set up it only takes several minutes to set up and is very easy to use.  I use square in my own online shop for card purchases. You can also use STRIPE that is also very good for processing cards and as easy to setup. 

I also offer my customers to pay by card when I visit them in person for this I use SUM-UP, do not get the square reader as it is more expansive then sumup I have covered the sum-up payments in another blog post last year when I started using it. You can find it here

 

Shipping and Delivery

Here is something to consider. While your shop with Avon only allows you to ship to customers in the UK and Northern Ireland, with your own shop you are free to ship worldwide. That is a big advantage as I have customers now all over the world and they are happy to order with me. You need however to plan this ahead of time.

What you can use, is Store Pickup that I have renamed to Representative Delivery, which is always set to be free in my local area. I have set another option called Customer Pick up that is also free when a customer wants to come to me to pick it up. This is a very good option to get rid of extra stock when they visit your home and see things they might like.

then I have as I use ECWID, Royal Mail Plugin, that allows me to offer Royal Mail delivery and is automatically calculated in your shop, and besides that, I personally set up an account with DHL to do express and worldwide delivery. this is not needed when you first start but might come in handy as they pick up the boxes from your home and DHL is also automatically calculated from inside the shop so nothing you need to do there just enter your account details and you are set to go.

TIPP: Offer FREE Delivery! I found that this increases my conversion rate. I offer FREE Delivery to the UK when orders reach £20 or to the EU for £50 or Worldwide £100. The customer sees that in his shopping cart it is reminding him to spend x amount more to get free shipping to his destination.

BASICS are done

Now you are done with the basics, you can start on your products… Don’t rush things take your time and make it as professional as possible, people will like it and you can improve and add stuff later. 

Time to add products

Now, this is the thing that will take up most of your time. Pro tip: So my suggestion is to start with one category and expand from there. Whenever you have finished a category go to the next. If you start your online shop in campaign 10 for example, and it takes several campaigns to finish, do not change books. Keep the campaign 10 book until you are finished, otherwise you will get confused and start all over again.

First things first.

You go to the Avon Website, let’s say to the Shower gel section and start at the very top of the page going to one product at a time. You will save the picture to your hard disk, copy and paste the product name and description, the weight of the product is always the size, and add the price and order number from the book. Remember to keep the same book until you are finished to avoid confusion. Then add the saved picture to the product listing and your first product is finished. This you do about 2000 times…. You get it it takes a long, long time. Personally me it took 6 months to get all products online.

 

Time to add products

Now, this is the thing that will take up most of your time. Pro tip: So my suggestion is to start with one category and expand from there. Whenever you have finished a category go to the next. If you start your online shop in campaign 10 for example, and it takes several campaigns to finish, do not change books. Keep the campaign 10 book until you are finished, otherwise you will get confused and start all over again.

First things first.

You go to the Avon Website, let’s say to the Shower gel section and start at the very top of the page going to one product at a time. You will save the picture to your hard disk, copy and paste the product name and description, the weight of the product is always the size, and add the price and order number from the book. Remember to keep the same book until you are finished to avoid confusion. Then add the saved picture to the product listing and your first product is finished. This you do about 2000 times…. You get it it takes a long, long time. Personally me it took 6 months to get all products online.

 

Save and publish

The good thing about it is that while you add your products to the store, you are already online so people can see your store, I always mentioned on the website and on my social media account that I am still in the process of building the store, and while not all products are yet there people can order everything they see on my AVON store link with me and I would send it to them. If a customer asked me for a product I would prioritize the product and add it to the store right away so he can order it with me.

 

There is help if you are stuck

If you are stuck at any point please reach out to me via email I might be able to help you!

Pillow Mists Price and Service Comparison

Pillow Mists Price and Service Comparison

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So today I am doing something I usually avoid doing because I do not like to bash on other companies, their products, and their services.  Saying that I had recently been contacted by several customers of mine, saying that the Avon Planet SPA Pillow Mist in Lavender is too expansive and they have opted for a Pillow mist from other companies just because of the price. So I sat down last night, and compared the prices of Pillow Mists from other well known brands.

PILLOW MIST 

As you can see from the chart below several companies offer similar Pillow Mist products.

Why is it important?

Well a pillow mist helps you to relax and go easier to sleep. You want something that is stimulating and relaxing at the same time. Nothing affects your mood more than sleep. If you do not sleep well your whole day that is to come basically is fucked up. This is where using a pillow mist can help you improve upon.

How do you use a pillow mist

The pillow mist usage is very simple yet it creates an environment that is clean and pure getting you ready for a fabulous night sleep.

  • Spritz your pillow spray
  • Lie back and breathe in the lavender scent through your nose for 7 seconds and out through your mouth slowly for 11 seconds
  • Enjoy a deep night’s sleep and look forward to a fresh tomorrow
  • Use nightly

Conclusion

Having compared the prices and services from other known vendors using the same quality in producing the product I can clearly say that as of yesterday May 23.2020 Avon has the best offer on this product. You can buy Avon Products through my Online Shop

Minimalist tips for any man looking to invest in self-care

Minimalist tips for any man looking to invest in self-care

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If you’ve been skipping out on skin care, it’s time to talk. You don’t need to do much to repair, protect, and even pamper your mug. We’re recommending the most basic adjustments for long-lasting results. Come learn how to combat breakouts, shaving irritations, and those fine lines that’ll creep out of nowhere.

Plus, a little shine on the outside treats the inside, too.

Here’s how to get started — or how to brush up your game, because there’s always something new to help buff up your glow.

Simple skincare regiment

 

As with anything we do and expect results, skin care requires consistency. But developing a routine can seem daunting if you don’t know what to do or use.

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1. Cleanse

One thing dudes have gotten right is not washing their face every single morning. This is because washing too much can ruin your skin’s natural oils.

But this only works if you wash every night. We start each day with a clean slate, so why not let your skin end on a fresh note, too? Don’t let dirt and pollution soak into your pores overnight.

I recommend using a mild foaming cleanser before you shave to help reduce surface oil. As long as you don’t have sensitive skin, you can alternate between an exfoliating cleanser for an enhanced shaving experience and a mild wash.

Pro tip: If you have oily skin, you can use a hot towel to clean your face in the morning. Splash with cold water for a refreshing boost.

2. Repair

Our skin takes a beating over time, thanks to free radicals causing oxidative stress. Without going into a chemistry lesson, oxidative stress relates to our bodies’ negative reaction to bad things like:

  • air pollution
  • cigarette smoke
  • industrial chemicals
  • UV rays

“An antioxidant serum, for example, like vitamin C, is helpful to reduce damage and should go on in the morning underneath moisturizer,” there are different options why not try the AVON Vitamin C Serum 

Apply after your shaving routine.

Pro tip: Before bedtime, I recommends a retinol cream or a light serum for those in their 30s and up. “Retinol helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles

3. Moisturize and protect

In the a.m., follow up your antioxidant serum with a moisturizer that has at least SPF 30. Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach or outdoor sports. Incidental sun exposure, like the time you spend walking to the train or sipping a beer on the patio after work, adds up and causes skin damage.

At night, opt for a lightweight moisturizer without sunscreen.

Pro tip: You don’t have to moisturize at night if your skin isn’t dry! Moisturizing is a lot like drinking water. Do it when you need it.

From luxury oils to tasty, pocket-friendly lip balms, more products have hit shelves with men in mind. Now the dude-specific skincare industry has been more on-point than ever. Which is great — but the influx might also leave you feeling at a loss for what to buy.

Here are a few things to consider.

1. Know your skin type

“Men tend to have oily and thicker skin, mainly due to the effects of testosterone”. Many products for fellas will be formulated to combat oil. But if you have flaky, dry skin, seek out products that address that. For dry skin, I recommend a cream cleanser and a heavy moisturizer.

You may also have a mix of oily and dry patches. If so, look for products formulated for combination skin. And if you have sensitive skin, you may be prone to burning, stinging, or irritation. Choose products listing as few ingredients as possible.

Pro tip: Try “cocktail moisturizing.” This isn’t a fuss-free way to do skin care, but it can be game-changing for combination skin. Instead of using an “all-in-one” moisturizer, try tackling your individual skin concerns with targeted products.

2. Forget gender

“Men-specific products are nice, but many skin care products are unisex and typically are suitable for men and women,” Kwan says.

Don’t limit yourself to skin care lines based on packaging. If you’re hoping to avoid scents, look for fragrance-free products. Or opt for items with earthy or woodsy essential oils, like sandalwood or cedarwood. These can also have a calming effect.

3. Consider your ethnicity

Your heritage may affect your skin type and skin care needs. “African-American men tend to have more ingrown hairs, usually related to the natural curl of the hair,”  a specialist in ethnic skin. “For these men, I often recommend using a depilatory instead of shaving to reduce razor bumps.”

“Asian and Hispanic men are more prone to irregular skin pigmentation,” he continues, “so they should be careful of sun exposure and perhaps add a skin-brightening product to their regimen.”

4. Experiment

“Choosing skincare is often as easy as trial and error,”  “If possible, buy products from a store that allows returns, or start with samples.”

If you’re still at a loss for what to put in your medicine cabinet, one way to play around with products is to order a subscription or sample box that sends you a selection of travel sizes based on your preferences.

K-beauty: eight tips for gorgeous skin

K-beauty: eight tips for gorgeous skin

One of the most beloved skincare regimens in the world, K-beauty is becoming increasingly accessible and, with a few simple steps, it can be easy to follow

South Korea is considered to be twelve years ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to skincare innovation. No wonder Koreans have a reputation for having the most cared for skin on Earth. The secret is daily care and a beauty routine that is taken seriously by men and women from childhood.

But achieving a Korean-like skincare regimen sometimes feels too time-consuming. Not anymore! Avon travelled to South Korea to create a full line of k-beauty products and we brought back eight Korean secrets for beautiful, glowing skin:

1 – Cleansing: if you are wearing make-up, the first step is to remove all products from the face with a good make-up remover. Then wash the skin with water and a soap suitable for your skin.

2 – 10 Seconds: for a clean, fresh and healthy skin, use a moisturizing cream for 10 seconds after cleaning. The pores of the skin open after the bath, this causes the cream to be absorbed quickly.

3 – Massage with a hot towel: soaking a towel in hot water, putting on clean skin, and massaging for 15 minutes can work miracles. This procedure increases blood circulation, opens pores and helps the skin to breathe.

4 – Use face masks: the Koreans usually use masks with traditional ingredients, already well tested and proven by their ancestors. The routine includes the use of two masks, once a week, to help reduce skin impurities. Try one made with the legendary Cica (to soothe, hydrate, and nourish the skin leaving it calm, even and glowing) or a clear hydrogel mask that features Korean Sugar Maple (to help boost hydration and healthy glow in just 10 minutes).

5 – Use eye masks: the eye region is thin and requires care. It is usually the first place where wrinkles appear. Try an eye mask with hyaluronic acid for an instant moisture boost and golden shimmer for a brightening effect. And apply it with the correct movement: circular movements from the inside out.

6 – Don’t forget the lip mask: lip masks are a great option to retain moisture and bring softness to the lips (which dry out in both cold temperatures and the sun). Moisturizing this region is very important to avoid cracks and wrinkles. Try a mask with manuka honey and juicy peaches – these ingredients help to hydrate and plump up your lips.

7 – Hands are important too: all of these processes can be done for the hands as well. It is vital that your hands are in good condition. Use hand creams enriched with natural Korean extracts that will nourish and feed your skin with what it needs the most, such as Acacia, Milk, or Lotus Flower.

8 – Take advantage of nighttime: at bedtime, there is one more step, because this is when cell renewal happens. Try a sleep mask with mushrooms. Mushroom is known to contain kojic acid, which is known to lighten age spots and hyperpigmentation.