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I'm sure there are a million things you'd like to do to a shoplifter in your store. That's your merchandise (and hard earned revenue) walking out the door.

But you don't want to get in trouble yourself, right? So what are your legal rights when dealing with shoplifters?

What may be legal in the United States can get you arrested in another country.

Toyota and its new head of global public relations, Julie Hamp, are learning that lesson the hard way. A U.S. citizen, Hamp was arrested recently on suspicion of illegally importing a drug into Japan.

Do you pay your employees under the table?

We get it. It's simpler for you to just hand over cash once a week. You won't have to bother with record keeping, deducting taxes, reporting income. You even think you're doing your employee a favor because she gets to keep her whole paycheck.

But, if you're found out, the penalties and punishments for unreported employment (also known as under the table employment) may cost you more money and hassle than if you had done everything by the book.

So, how much trouble are under the table employees?

Anthem's Big Security Breach: 3 Lessons for Small Business Owners

Anthem Blue Cross, the nation's second-largest health insurance company, announced Thursday that a hack into its systems may have exposed the records of up to 80 million customers. This breach included Social Security numbers, addresses, and health care information, but no credit card numbers (which is really immaterial, with all that other information).

Small businesses, just as much as large businesses, need to take steps to ensure the security of customer data. Here's what business owners need to know:

After Sony Hack, 3 Things Businesses Are Doing Differently

In the wake of the large-scale hack of Sony Pictures late last year, businesses have begun implementing security measures to prevent being victimized by a similar attack.

As Bloomberg reports, unlike previous data breaches, which were primarily focused on financial data and trade secrets, the Sony hack included the release of a large amount of personal information on Sony employees. This information included details on employee pay, medical records, and confidential correspondence between Sony employees.

What can businesses to prevent similar data breaches from occurring in the future? Here are three ways some businesses are improving their data security:

When hackers compromise your business' systems, you may want to bring every cyber-facet of your company on full lockdown.

That's certainly what the U.S. State Department recently did after it learned that cyberintruders had infiltrated an unclassified email network used by President Obama's close circle of aides. Your company may not have the resources that the federal government commands, but there are some hard lines you can draw to re-establish security after a cyberattack.

Here three all-or-nothing hacking remedies you may want to consider:

The recently revealed "Darkhotel" hack has been responsible for stealing data from U.S. corporate executives, all via hotel Wi-Fi.

Security research firm Kasperksy Lab reported Monday that "Darkhotel" used compromised hotel Wi-Fi networks to trick hotel guests into installing seemingly innocuous updates for standard software which are actually malware. From there, CNET reports, hackers can access the infected computers through a "backdoor" and access all kinds of sensitive and personal data.

How can you protect your business and employees from falling victim to something like "Darkhotel?"

FCC Fines 2 Companies for Data Breach: What SMBs Need to Know

After a year filled with news stories about data privacy breaches, including Target and Home Depot, it seems that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally doing something about it. On Friday, the FCC proposed a $10 million fine against two telecom companies for data breaches that potentially affected 300,000 customers, The Washington Post reports.

How did this happen? And what does this mean for small business that store customer data?

JPMorgan Hack: 7M Small Businesses Affected

JPMorgan Chase has revealed that personal information connected to 83 million accounts may have been accessed by hackers in a data breach this summer.

Included in the massive cyberattack were the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and internal bank information of approximately 7 million small business account holders, reports ZDNet. According to JPMorgan Chase, hackers were not able to obtain account numbers, passwords, user IDs, dates of birth, or Social Security numbers; the bank reports that it has yet to see any instances of fraud linked to the data breach.

What are the details surrounding this latest data breach, and what can small business owners do to protect themselves?

Whiskey maker Templeton Rye is officially going to have to ward off a consumer fraud lawsuit after the complaint was approved by Iowa's attorney general.

The lawsuit alleges that Templeton misled consumers by claiming that its rye whiskey is created using a Prohibition-era recipe handed down through the founder's family on a scrap of paper. The recipe was attributed to famous Iowan Alphonse Kerkhoff in Templeton's marketing materials, but angry consumers claim that the whiskey is actually just a "stock" whiskey brewed in Indiana. And according to USA Today, Iowa's attorney general is allowing the lawsuit to proceed.

Did Templeton illegally mislead consumers?